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  • How to Date Your Dragon

  • By: Molly Harper
  • Narrated by: Amanda Ronconi, Jonathan Davis
  • Length: 6 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,006
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,676
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,670

Concerned that technology is about to chase mythological creatures out into the open (how long can Sasquatch stay hidden from Google maps?), the League for Interspecies Cooperation is sending Jillian to Louisiana on a fact-finding mission. While the League hopes to hold on to secrecy for a little bit longer, they're preparing for the worst in terms of human reactions. They need a plan, so they look to Mystic Bayou, a tiny town hidden in the swamp where humans and supernatural residents have been living in harmony for generations.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Reasonably Good

  • By Kerri J. on 02-05-18

Funny but needed more...

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

Reviewed: 04-04-18

Mystic Bayou, LA is a special and unique town, one that the League of Interspecies Cooperation has its eye on. In an effort to uncover their secret for the blissful interspecies relations, the League sends in Jillian, one of their top recommended anthropologists to conduct a study on the residents. Jillian has worked her whole life for this opportunity and is elated about the new assignment, but will her research subjects be as enthusiastic about her as she is them? In an attempt to find Mystic Bayou's secrets, she uncovers more than what she bargained for! Will Jillian rise to the challenge, or will she run scared with her tail between her legs?

Doctor Jillian Ramsey arrives in Mystic Bayou with an open mind and almost a virgin like purity to her. She is smart and inquisitive, but when it comes to the social aspect of things, she is clueless. When she meets Mayor Zed and Sheriff Bael, she pretty much knows right off the bat how well her stay will be. The comedic circumstances, and interactions with others had me laughing right in Chapter One. The detailed descriptions of the smells, textures, and people came in just the right dose, as well as timing. Jillian does the best she can on such short notice, being as she was sent there last minute in place of Doctor Montez, her mentor and the head dude. But as Jillian begins her interviews with various town folk/shifters, she begins to show her true personality, which is quite annoying at times. She is very stubborn and wants to do everything herself, even though she has no idea how dangerous of a position she is in, and once she gets involved with the love interest, she pretty much blows off all the personal stuff he tells her. Now add a murder, then another, oh wait...one more. Instead of being concerned for her welfare, Jillian plugs away like that doesn't change work, and gets angry with love interest when he wants to protect her! Dang woman, you had your good points, now you're coming off like a d*&!@e! My perception of Jillian is not nice but her irritating self made the story what it is, so in my book it's all good. Now Bael, he is the love interest for Jillian. First off, he totally makes up for Jillian's sass, cause OMG! Bael is for real, sensitive, masculine, a lover and a fighter, and no joke sitting on a pile of lucky charms! Bael for sure has a brooding, tall, dark and handsome thing going on, but once Jillian gets in, he is all mushy inside, lol. I really loved Bael, all of him! And the town's people were so funny, and quirky, that they fit the bill for what this towns vibe was going for.

The story and plot was not to off the beaten path for the overall feel of the book. The plot has it's danger, but it wasn't to over the top, and fell right in line with what Jillian had uncovered. Jillian and the towns back story came into play throughout the book, which gave the story a nice depth to it that I was pleasantly surprised by. As far as happy endings, I was conflicted because Jillian pulled such an asshole move on Bael, that really pissed me off, but then had the outcome I wanted, with some reservations because Jillian was still being a tool! I almost feel like Jillian doesn't deserve Bael. Damn you Harper, I hate conflict! Ugh...that's all I'm saying, I'm done.

Narrator Review

Amanda Ronconi is one of my favorite narrators! She is totally awesome, and fabulous! I always enjoy her comedic timing, along with the right touch of snark to her tone, lol. Hands down 5 stars. Jonathan Davis also narrated in Bael's POV parts of the book. I don't believe I have ever listened to anything by him before. I would have to double check that, but doesn't ring a bell. He did well. His take on the story was not as performance driven as Amanda's, more just like reading, but hey it didn't suck so there ya go. I can always appreciate a smooth voice, and excellent audio. Jonathan was cool, and I give him 3 stars.

  • The Dispatcher

  • By: John Scalzi
  • Narrated by: Zachary Quinto
  • Length: 2 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,952
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,430
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,372

Zachary Quinto - best known for his role as the Nimoy-approved Spock in the recent Star Trek reboot and the menacing, power-stealing serial killer, Sylar, in Heroes - brings his well-earned sci-fi credentials and simmering intensity to this audio-exclusive novella from master storyteller John Scalzi. One day, not long from now, it becomes almost impossible to murder anyone - 999 times out of a thousand, anyone who is intentionally killed comes back. How? We don't know.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good Grief This Was Good

  • By Matthew on 11-09-16

Trippy world!

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

Reviewed: 03-30-18

The Dispatcher is a great futuristic story, in a world where people never really die. Dispatcher Tony Valdez reluctantly takes a journey into the underground world of Dispatcher's along with Detective Langdon in order to find his fellow Dispatcher Jimmy Albert. Will they find Billy dead or alive? Will Tony survive the hunt?

The concept of this story reminds me of a the Twilight Zone. The world is just so odd, and really screws with your mind. Dispatcher's are a part of a government run program, like part of the police department. They wield an applicator that when used on someone who has just died, it brings them back to life. The success rate is pretty high, but there are times when it doesn't work and the person is really dead. There are rules that the Dispatcher's have to abide by, so when they take side jobs, (which is legal for them to do) the gray area of the rules are pushed to the limits.

Tony is a straight shooter when it comes to his work. He has in the past worked private gigs, but when the waters started getting muddy, he left. But not before introducing Billy to all the extra money he could earn. Turns out Billy was more about the money than his own morals, and that is what got him into trouble. While investigating Billy's disappearance, Langdon lands on Valdez's front door. They use to be partners, and Langdon wants to know everything Valdez knows. Langdon is a sneaking one though and basically blackmails Valdez into helping her with the investigation. Well blackmail may be the wrong term, but she forces his hand. The investigation takes Valdez way beyond his comfort zone, and he uncovers just how seedy the side jobs can be. It was really fascinating how people managed to work around the rules to their benefit, and profit. I enjoyed the hunt as much as I enjoyed the concept of the story, which led me to loving the character Valdez. Although he was on the up and up, he knew how to kick booty too!

Narrator Review

Zachary Quinto did a fine job with his narration. His tone was the perfect blend of masculine and soothing, with a touch of sensitivity when called for. He never once took me out of the story, and the sound quality was excellent. Great job Zachary! ~ 4stars ~

  • Shadow of Night

  • By: Deborah Harkness
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Ikeda
  • Length: 24 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,565
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,081
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,075

Now, picking up from A Discovery of Witches' cliff-hanger ending, Shadow of Night plunges Diana Bishop and Matthew Clairmont into Elizabethan London, a world of spies, subterfuge, and a coterie of Matthew's old friends, the mysterious School of Night that includes Christopher Marlowe and Walter Raleigh. Here, Diana must locate a witch to tutor her in magic, Matthew is forced to confront a past he thought he had put to rest, and the mystery of Ashmole 782 deepens. Deborah Harkness has crafted a gripping journey through a world of alchemy, time travel, and magical discoveries.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Recommended, however....

  • By J. Lunsford on 07-15-12

PY Book Club Review

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

Reviewed: 02-13-18

Diana Bishop is on the run. With Matthew at her side, they seek Ashmole 782 in hopes that they can bridge the gab between the witches, vampires and demons. Diana and Matthew have done the unspeakable according to their kind, and are now being hunted. The magnificent duo have traveled to 1590 London in order to find shelter from those whom wish them harm as well as seeking the truth. Will they find what they are looking for in time, or will Diana get burned at the stake?

The majority of the story takes place in 1590 London, where Matthew's father is still alive, he's a spy for the Queen and a major jerk! Because of the whole time travel semantics, Matthew's 1590 self has ceased to exist, and the current day Matthew resides in his place along with Diana. Try explaining that without going into detail! They were met by his brethren, whom it took some doing before they believed Diana meant them no harm, but what about the rest of the people? While trying to adapt, Diana and Matthew struggle with finding a witch that will help her with her magic so they can return to their own time, as well as hunt down Ashmole 782. The time period, the world building, and the phenomenal attention to detail, the author has spun a magical tale of intrigue, with the underground of London, the Royals, and the nasty deceit. I truly enjoyed their journey in the past, especially the relationships formed while present. Although the manner in which Diana, (women in general) were regarded back then, I couldn't help but fall in love with those surrounding her and the love they felt for her in the end. I have to say my favorite part was a toss up between when Diana's father appeared, and the family type bond both Matthew and Diana developed with young Jack. The way in which Diana conformed to the times, and just seem to fit so seamlessly was amazing. It was like she was meant to be in that time and not the present.

Shadow of Night takes the cake with witches and the like. Having the witches born through blood line, and vampires not romanticized was refreshing. You get to see the darker side of these creatures as they were truly meant to, but in a way that does not frighten you but amaze you with the complex structure of their lives. Nothing comes easy to them, and they fight for what they have every step of the way! Their past was harsh, and ugly, and we seem to forget that little fact in the here and now. I wonder how our youth would fare if they were sent back to such a time. This story does make you wonder, another thing I love about this book. This chapter in Diana's life was not in the least boring, or slow. We accompany her through her teachings with a coven on how to tap into her magic, as well as learn about Matthew's past with his family. So you see, while reading you will be amazed, happy, sad, and scared from beginning to end! I highly recommend you read Diana's story, because you will never be the same after!

Narrator's Review

Jennifer Ikeda takes the helm once more for Deborah Harkness. With the complexities of this story, since it takes place in 1590, Jennifer took the bull by the horns and nailed it! She has such a great, rich tone to her voice, as well as being excellent with accents! I must point out that she did excellent with the voice she choose for one certain “Royal” whom I loathed. He was such a prick, and to his description, she did right by me with her portrayal of him. Jennifer once again gets 5 Stars for her performance!

  • Crimson Frost

  • Mythos Academy, Book 4
  • By: Jennifer Estep
  • Narrated by: Tara Sands
  • Length: 10 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 396
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 361
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 366

I should have known that my first official date with Logan Quinn was destined to end in disaster. If we’d gotten into a swordfight, or been ambushed by Reapers, I’d have been more prepared. But getting arrested mid-sip at the local coffee hangout? I didn’t see that one coming. I’ve been accused of purposely helping the Reapers free Loki from his prison - and the person leading the charge against me is Linus Quinn, Logan’s dad. The worst part is that pretty much everyone at Mythos Academy thinks I’m guilty. If I’m going to get out of this mess alive, I’ll have to do it myself....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Its Hard To Predict Whats Next In This Series!!!

  • By Hassan on 07-18-13

The Gypsy takes the lead!

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

Reviewed: 02-01-18

Gwen Frost is in a heap of trouble from the Protectorate, now that she has had a hand in releasing Loki. Unbeknownst to her, Gwen has been arrested for crimes against Mythos. Now that another chaos war is imminent, Gwen must find a way to find out who is behind her arrest and what their plans are. How is Gwen suppose to do all this while under house arrest? Wait and see...


Gwen Frost is the newest member of Mythos Academy, descending from a Gypsy Clan that has been chosen by the Goddess Nike to be her champion. Yeah, Yeah, we all know this. But do we? What proof can Gwen provide to back up her story? The new predicament Gwen has gotten herself in to enables the story to add new and exciting characters to Mythos! The Protectorate, a group of individuals chosen to serve and protect their people , serving as judge, jury and executioner as well. Logan Quinn's (Gwen's new Spartan bf) father, Linus, is head of the group, along with his wife and Logan's step-mother Agrona, (please excuse misspellings, I listened to the audiobook). The life long conflict between Logan and Linus heat up by Gwen's arrest, and Logan never backs down from standing by her side, (awe, what a guy!). Alexa (again, could be wrong on spelling) is also a newcomer to the story line. He is strapped with the duty of escorting Gwen everywhere she goes, not for her protection, but to make sure she doesn't flee and kill again. With all the students, for the exception of her good friends, Kenzi, Oliver, Daphne, Carson, and boyfriend Logan, against her, Gwen must keep it together!

Now all of what I have revealed so far should not be news to you IF you have been reading the series. The current story line opens up another door, peels another layer of the already fantastic tale of these mythological beings. I loved the new additions to this story. How the story creates this amazing connection between existing and new characters is flawless. Very believable, and I was sucked right in! Linus' outward hatred for Gwen, Alexa's disregard for Gwen's safety, along with Grandma Frosts prediction of Gwen's future was so heart breaking. Who ever thought that fighting against an evil God like Loki and his reaper minions would be this hard?! And as the story escalates, the plot twist stabs you right where it hurts! I never saw it coming until it was too late. I'm not sure the why's on my time frame from listening to the last book since I loved it so much, but damn, what the hell was I thinking! Mythos Academy is one of the best YA Urban Fantasy books out there right now. You are a fool to not one click this bad girl right now!

Narrator Review

Tara Sands is the chosen one. I was very impressed with Tara's accents! Her tone for Gwen is spot on what I think she would sound like, and the voices she has created for each character is unique, and very identifiable for those people. Tara's voice comes over very well, and tells the story like a pro. Great job Tara, I have given you 5 Stars!

  • Rabid Wolf

  • Olento Research, Book 3
  • By: Sarah Noffke
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Klett
  • Length: 5 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9

A string of murders involving women are making the residents of Los Angeles panic. They're calling the serial killer the "rabid wolf" because he tears his prey open by the throat and leaves behind a maimed body. Meanwhile, at the Lucidite Institute, the pack is training, under Zephyr's instruction. He knows that soon they'll have to go after the rabid wolf and also rescue other members of the pack. However, they need to work together in order to be successful. They need to operate as one.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best in the series so far

  • By Rabid Reader on 09-19-17

Que the romance!

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

Reviewed: 01-25-18

The Lucidites are still hard at work tracking to shut down Mika, the big bad scientist that is altering humans for his own world domination quest. After stealing the Lucidites precious technology, Mika and his team are able to replicate dream travelers abilities, as well as other beastly creatures. And for the Lucidites, they desperately need to find a way to reverse the “were” gene for Zephyr and his pack, if they are ever allowed to leave the institute. Can Adelaide and her team of misfits stop Olento Research in time?

Adelaide is struggling with many facets of her life right now, and at the worst possible time ever! She was put in charge of this Level 5 case to find out where Olento Research was and to take them down, all the while still learning how to harness her abilities. Losing her father Ren before she was done with her training has definitely taken a toll on her. The confidence and drive this young girl has is outstanding! She never accepts defeat, never shows weakness, and therefore never shows love or compassion. But there is hope! Lucian, Adelaide's son, and Connor, (one of the were's) are wearing her down. Connor likes her, and she him. Although she tries to fight it, she finds herself opening up to him, sharing intimate moments with him...it's adorable! And Lucian, that little boy is a hoot! The two finally begin to enjoy each others company. Well Adelaide does, I think Lucian always did, lol. Adelaide had a hard time bonding with him from birth, but she has slowly allowed herself to open up to him and show love. The relationships in the story have been more captivating for me than the hunt for Mika and Drake...I love my love stories ;)

As far as the plot of the story, I'm finding myself thinking how hard it is to believe that they would leave Adelaide to run this mission. It seems to me like it has taken longer than missions normally do. I know she is new, and that is my point! Do they not have other, more seasoned Lucidites to help run this mission? And yeah I get Ren liked to run alone but there is no comparison! Adelaide needs experienced people with her, and not just Roxy, the FBI agent who is really getting on my nerves! The series has interesting characters with crucial rolls, but I'm hoping the story doesn't wrap up rushed. I don't need “good luck” closing this deal, I need skill and calculating moves to get this job done. Lets keep our fingers crossed for the conclusion of the story, lets root for that hat trick, hail Mary, or whatever you would like to call it, lol. Go Lucidites!

Narrator Review

Elizabeth Klett graces us with her lovely performance on this crafty series. Elizabeth has this knack for accents. They are so good, and seamless. She moves from young woman English, (UK) to old dude German without skipping a beat! And her normal English (US) tone is so soothing just like a story tellers should be. I literally could listen to her all day! Thanks so much Elizabeth for the great memories! I give Elizabeth 5 stars!

**Audiobook provided by the author for an honest review**

  • The Trouble with Twelfth Grave

  • A Novel
  • By: Darynda Jones
  • Narrated by: Lorelei King
  • Length: 7 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2,171
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,043
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,034

Ever since Reyes Farrow escaped from a hell dimension in which Charley Davidson accidentally trapped him, the son of Satan has been brimstone-bent on destroying the world his heavenly Brother created. His volatile tendencies have put Charley in a bit of a pickle. But that's not the only briny vegetable on her plate. While trying to domesticate the feral being that used to be her husband, she also has to deal with her everyday life of annoying all manner of beings - some corporeal, some not so much - as she struggles to right the wrongs of society.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • More Charlie Mania

  • By IreneMBBT on 11-01-17

Life just got real!!

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

Reviewed: 01-22-18

In this epic episode with Charley Davidson, she has trapped her sexy husband, Reyes, in the God Glass. While desperately trying to release him from the hell dimension, he breaks free and wreaks havoc on our realm. As Charley follows the dead bodies around town, she fears the worst...that Reyes is the one killing innocent humans. Can she get to the bottom of things before she loses Reyes forever?

I love the immediate continuation of this story from the previous book, Eleventh Grave In Moonlight. Although Charley is panicking inside about setting Reyes free from a hell dimension, she appears cool, calm, and collected as she continues onward with her P.I. business. Charley gets wrapped up in a crime family business sort of deal, uncovers the mystery of a missing friend, and guides young Amber, (Cookie's daughter) as she begins her own P.I. business with her deaf boyfriend Quintin. Those two are so adorable it really does hurt sometimes! One of the major “pros” of this series and author is that she has this uncanny ability to give Charley such a great personality, and make light of the grimmest of situations. It's really a fine balance of “flaky” vs. “witty”. Charley is smart, she can see the bigger picture, and doesn't mess around with niceties...straight to the point, can you do this for me or not?! I think that's what makes me laugh the most, her “I don't want to hear your whole life story, just do it!” attitude, lol.


The trouble with this story line was that I figured out the mystery way before it started to unravel. Call me smart, or just call me super paranoid and I watch too much X Files, but yeah I knew what was going to happen...totally. So does that mean the author is slipping? To be honest with you, I certainly hope not! Lets call it a fluke for now. Also, just an FYI she drops a cliff hanger sort of deal on us just like she did with the previous book! I hate cliffhangers, and considering this isn't the first time during this series, it's irritating me now. Those are my “cons” for this book, and not bad considering we are twelve books into an ongoing series.

What I would like to see for this series' future is this, keep me on my toes! Now is the time in a series when it can fall flat and repetitive, so go for the gusto! WOW me! Pull a psycho bitch move on me that I never saw coming! I LOVE Charley's story and I want to continue enjoying every adventure, I really do! As long as new books keeps coming about Charley, I'm there...but whether or not I can continue to recommend them is another story.

Narrator Review

Lorelei King, as I live and breath. Lorelei has been with this gig since the very beginning of Charley's journey. I LOVE HER! The tone of her voice, the timing of her sarcasm, is excellent! She just gets Charley, and embodies her essence, I am so fan girling over her! I know this narrator so well that as soon as she goes into another character I know exactly whom is speaking! I whole heartedly give Lorelei 5 stars! Great job Lorelei, and keep up the fantastic work that you do.

  • Lone Wolf

  • Olento Research, Book 2
  • By: Sarah Noffke
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Klett
  • Length: 6 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11

The pack is coming together, but one wolf would rather be alone with his demons than united as a team. In the second installment in the Olento Research series, Connor runs from the Lucidite Institute and his pack, fearful of what the wolf will make him do. All of the men describe feeling the impulses, the desires that are unquenchable, coursing through them. But Connor knows he has a lesser chance of resisting those impulses due to his background.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Big Bad Wolf

  • By Charles on 09-22-17

And the plot thickens...

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

Reviewed: 10-07-17


The Lucidites have one hell of a job on their hands with the wolf pack they have been trying to round up. Adelaid and Roxy have been working together to gather the entire pack that have escaped the evil doers that created them before they hurt innocent people. After capturing a few of the crew, Mika the mastermind behind the wolves, has created a "super wolf" to track the escapees down and bring them back. Connor fled the Lucidites in fear of hurting Adelaid, and all hell breaks loose with Adelaid when her father's book goes missing. Where is Connor? Where is Ren's book? And why aren't we trying to find the guys that created this nightmare?

Mika, (the evil mastermind behind the wolves) is at it again. He has turned his loyal assistant into a "super wolf" in order to track the escaped wolves down and bring them in. Adelaid and the gang are searching for Connor, and when they find him he is on the brink of death. Roxy is being Rox and toying with Zefer's emotions. Then there is the case of the missing book, that Adelaid feels totally lost without because it is the closest thing she has to her father. The feelings I see developing between Connor and Adelaid gives me hope for the spunky red head. She needs someone to show her how to love, how to be a real human being. With her unique abilities, she was never able to get close to men before, and now she may have met her match. Will Connor survive long enough for Adelaid to find true love? Well with the constant danger they are always in, who knows! Zefer just may make an honest woman out of Roxy...well crazier things have happened, lol. What I'm mainly interested in is how they are going to shut the guys down that stole the Lucidites research to begin with! They need to be the priority, not the wolves because as long as they are around, they will just keep creating these un-natural creatures from unwilling people. I hope we have a break through in the next book in this regard. Otherwise this was another outstanding read, and great sequel to the first book!

Narrator Review

Elizabeth Klett returns to voice Adelaid and the gang. She continues to do a fabulous job telling the story as well as draw me into their world. As long as Elizabeth is around, I will continue to follow. 5 Fang rating for the narrator!
**Audiobook provided by the author for an honest review**

  • Alpha Wolf

  • Olento Research, Book 1
  • By: Sarah Noffke
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Klett
  • Length: 6 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30

Twelve men went missing. Six months later, they awake from drug-induced stupors to find themselves locked in a lab. And on the night of a new moon, 11 of those men, possessed by new - and inhuman - powers, break out of their prison and race through the streets of Los Angeles until they disappear one by one into the night. Olento Research wants its experiments back. Its CEO, Mika Lenna, will tear every city apart until he has his werewolves imprisoned once again.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • highly recommended if you enjoy action, banter

  • By AudioBook Reviewer on 12-15-17

The Lucidites are back!

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

Reviewed: 08-25-17

The Lucidites are large and in charge once more attempting a new feat to save the world! The new threat now is a team of researchers that have created werewolves, and not the sexy shifter kind ;) The person in charge of this level 5 investigation is none other than our beloved Adelaide, the infamous Ren Lewis's daughter. With still trying to get a grip on her father's recent passing, Adelaide is forced to dig deep and swallow her grief in order to find the loose cannons that are ripping the citizens to shreds. With help from an FBI agent, can Adelaide and the Lucidites stop the beasts before it's too late?

Alpha Wolf is the start of a new series, but with familiar characters from the authors previous works. Incorporating Adelaide (from the Ren series) was bloody brilliant! She is most definitely a character I love to love for her straight forward, no nonsense talk. She is a tough cookie having inherited her fathers super duper powers and giving no cares in the world what anyone thinks. The Lucidites are back in action with this new series as well, guiding Adelaide every step of the way while she is chained with a partner not of her choosing. Roxy, a dream traveler as well and FBI to boot, joins the team with a few tricks up her sleeve as well. Together, the banter between the two ladies is comical to say the least. My heart breaks for the emotional struggle Adelaide is going through right now with her father and now her own son frightened of her. I couldn't help but wonder if she doesn't come to terms with recent events, what will become of her son!

The werewolves were a nasty twist to the story, and brings Adelaide up short because her Jedi mind tricks don't work on them and until she unlocks her other super powers she is just as helpless as the humans they prey on. However, bringing Roxy into the picture balances that out, and creates a friend/enemy for Adalain, and also some entertaining moments for us the readers/listeners. I was glued from beginning to end, and I can't wait to get started on the next book, Lone Wolf.

Narrator Review
Elizabeth Klett entertains us with this new and exciting adventure! I have had previous experience with this narrator from the Lucidites Series, and I absolutely enjoy her! Her tone, her timing and her accents bring life to an already riveting story. The only thing I have left to say is please don't ever leave us Elizabeth, I would just die without you!
**Audiobook provided by the author for an honest review**

  • Hound's Bite

  • Ivy Granger, Psychic Detective, Volume 5
  • By: E.J. Stevens
  • Narrated by: Melanie A. Mason, Anthony A. Bowlin
  • Length: 7 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 40
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40

Ivy Granger thought she left the worst of Mab's creations behind when she escaped Faerie. She thought wrong. In a cruel twist of fate, Ivy has unleashed a powerful horde of Unseelie beasts upon her city, turning her homecoming into a potential slaughter of innocents. Now Ivy must gather her allies to fight a reputedly unstoppable force - The Wild Hunt.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Does it again!!!!

  • By donnie collins on 05-12-17

Ivy is taking charge!

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

Reviewed: 06-15-17

Ivy Granger has returned from the journey of a lifetime only to be faced with a battle that will test her skills and her new found magical abilities. With her boyfriend Kef and best friend Jinx by her side, will Ivy win the fight over evil or will evil take its toll?

Ivy and the gang have come full circle now with fighting battles, winning in love, friendship and respect but they have also gained more to lose. When Ivy returns after discovering who she really is, she now faces the challenge of controlling that power yet still keeping her loved ones safe. When the hounds come howling, Ivy gathers the troops and prepares for an epic battle, and in the process everything goes wrong, very wrong. Ivy is a born leader, she knows just how to call the shots when the chips are down like a true leader. The story, the battle only strengthens the bonds and seals an emotional attachment for the reader. How could you not love Sparky, the demon she has adopted, or Kef, the Kelpie King boyfriend who never judges her but just loves her and Sparky. It has been my pure pleasure to read as Ivy comes into a wonderful and powerful leader as well as a strong, brave woman. The ending left me with questions, but ones that show how fascinated I am with Ivy’s life and where it will go from here.

Narrators Review

Narrated by Melanie A. Mason and Anthony A. Bowlin. Both Mason and Bowlin have done a wonderful job with their narration. The sound quality was excellent, the tone was pleasant to my ears, and the emotion/acting was most entertaining! I can honestly say that listening to this duo was a treat, and made the story come alive. Thank you for a job well done.
**Audiobook provided by the author for an honest review**

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  • 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 23,667
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,099
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,138

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.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A most terrific & non-typical treatment of Witches

  • By Neal on 04-17-14

Amazing start to a Fantasy Romance

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

Reviewed: 05-27-17

Diana Bishop is a young, smart scholar right out of Oxford and she’s also a descendant of a very long and powerful line of witches. Throughout the course of her life, she has denied her witchy side, striving to be “normal”. The Bishop Clan is well known throughout the supernatural world, and the name carries a stigma that Diana will never be able to live down. When she stumbles upon a bewitched manuscript that has been in hiding for over a hundred years, demons, witches and vampires all begin to stalk Diana while waiting for her to unlock the mother of all secrets. Can she survive the witch hunt in time to find out her own truth?

Diana Bishop may be a powerful witch, but she has no idea how to use her magic willingly, nor does she know how to control it. Raised by her aunt after her parents death at a young age, she never fully committed to learn her craft when her young aunts tried to teach her. When she meets vampire Matthew Clairmont, he opens up her mind and heart, something her family has never been able to do. During the course of the mysterious manuscript hunting, Matthew becomes enthralled with Diana, even possessive to the point that others begin to see their relationship as a threat. During this journey, Diana learns not only about her magic, but about the vampires and demons, a subject that isn’t easily talked about amongst the outsiders. As their relationship grows into a budding romance, Matthew and Diana face life threatening actions against others, in a race to unlock the secrets of the alchemy manuscript.

Dianas' character was a refreshing change from the current mold of heroines that seem to be the “norm”. She is smart, like uber nerd smart when it came to her academic knowledge. She is confident in herself but not to the point she was cocky or snarky. When danger knocked on her door, she faced it, scared as hell but she faced it. She had no idea how to fight, nor did she know how to use her magic to protect herself, so it was like you or I facing down a supernatural being, not dumb but brave. Matthew is a very old vampire that was on the same page as Diana as far as being into research and conducting studies. She is his nerd equal, and along with her beauty and magics, she sucked him right in. Matthew is very secretive, controlled, and guarded but once he realized he was in love with Diana, he showed a really soft and romantic side to himself that made me melt in my chair. I truly loved the chemistry between Matthew and Diana, and I think the two can easily rule the world.

The world building was fantastic! I loved the magic system, it was unlike any I have encountered so far. The Bishop house, the ghosts, the way the house created rooms, and also hid things was very entertaining. Matthew’s character development, his extremely long past, enriched my outlook of him tremendously. His pain, loss, family and obligations molded him into a brilliant and beautiful man. The story from beginning to end is captivating! The book flows as if the author was born to write it, with such perfection in all aspects of the story. I can’t get enough of this tale, and I’m hungry for more!

Narrator Review

Jennifer Ikeda narrates this wonderful fantasy romance novel. This is my first time listening to Jennifer, and OMG she is AMAZING! Her voice just put me in a trance and I had a hard time pausing the book! Her tone, her accents, her interpretations of each character was spot on. The sound quality was professional, sharp and clear. Jennifer now has a new stalker fan to watch out for!