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  • Spellbound

  • Book II of the Grimnoir Chronicles
  • By: Larry Correia
  • Narrated by: Bronson Pinchot
  • Length: 16 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,545
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,003
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,996

Dark fantasy goes hardboiled in Book II of the hard-hitting Grimnoir Chronicles by the New York Times best-selling creator of Monster Hunter International. The Grimnoir Society’s mission is to protect people with magic, and they’ve done so—successfully and in secret—since the mysterious arrival of the Power in the 1850s, but when a magical assassin makes an attempt on the life of President Franklin Roosevelt, the crime is pinned on the Grimnoir.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Spellbound is Pure Magic

  • By Paulette on 02-12-14

Another great series by Larry Corria

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

Reviewed: 05-07-15

I listened to the monster hunter series and fell in love with both the story and the narrator. After getting used to the new narrator I have to say that the grim noir chronicles are going to be my second love, amazingly written, great characters, immersing characters facing unimaginable odds to save man kind and their planet. Highly recommended if you read and liked monster hunter international or just love a good read based on fantasy paranormal

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Rachel Morgan: The Hollows (3) - Every Which Way but Dead

  • By: Kim Harrison
  • Narrated by: Marguerite Gavin
  • Length: 15 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 34

If you make a deal with the devil, can you still save your soul? To avoid becoming the love-slave of a depraved criminal vampire, bounty-hunter and witch Rachel Morgan is cornered into a deal that could promise her an eternity of suffering. But eternal damnation is not Rachel's only worry. Her vampire roommate, Ivy, has rediscovered her taste for blood and is struggling to keep their relationship platonic; her boyfriend, Nick, has disappeared – perhaps indefinitely; and she's being stalked by an irate pack of werewolves.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great story, silly girl!

  • By anmaree on 10-22-12

Great story, silly girl!

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

Reviewed: 10-22-12

Rachel lives up to her air head, kick ass reputation. There are moments where im thinking no one could possibly be this stupid! how could anyone portray her as such? She's becoming more and more a fictional character in a book rather than a personality you would be able to envision in the real world. And that might not make very much sense, in that this is a fictional book, but personality, i think, is universal.

Other than that i loved this book in the series, i found myself routing for her and wanting her to win. But at the same time wishing other things would happen.

  • Rachel Morgan: The Hollows (2) - The Good, The Bad, and The Undead

  • By: Kim Harrison
  • Narrated by: Marguerite Gavin
  • Length: 14 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 43
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 37
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 39

During the last few months, former bounty hunter Rachel Morgan has been rather busy. Having escaped relatively unscathed from her corrupt former employers, she's not only acquired a vampiric room-mate called Ivy, faced werewolf assassins, and battled shape-shifting demons, but she has also found the time to pick up a boyfriend (even if he is only human) and to open her very own runner agency. But cohabiting with a vampire, however reformed, has its dangers....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great story, but lacks 5 star performance.

  • By anmaree on 10-22-12

Great story, but lacks 5 star performance.

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

Reviewed: 10-22-12

I listened to the first book in the series, and i wasnt going to buy the second because i didnt particularly enjoy the narrator. She does take some getting used to and i am now glad I did buy the second and the third in the series, and im buying the fourth today. So take that for what ever its worth.

  • Monster Hunter International

  • By: Larry Correia
  • Narrated by: Oliver Wyman
  • Length: 24 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,007
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,596
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,567

Five days after Owen Zastava Pitt pushed his insufferable boss out of a 14th story window, he woke up in the hospital with a scarred face, an unbelievable memory, and a job offer. It turns out that monsters are real. All the things from myth, legend, and B-movies are out there, waiting in the shadows. Some of them are evil, and some are just hungry. Monster Hunter International is the premier eradication company in the business. And now Owen is their newest recruit.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Dialogue wanting, but decent narrator

  • By carol a zocchi on 07-01-16

What a surprise!

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

Reviewed: 02-23-12

If you could sum up Monster Hunter International in three words, what would they be?

Engaging, imaginative, quenching

What was one of the most memorable moments of Monster Hunter International?

The moment you realise how important the main character is, and how everything ties in together.

Which scene was your favorite?

When a characters preminitions are confirmed and people actually started to believe that theres something to them.

Any additional comments?

Its a fantastic story.. I purchased it at $4.95 just to try something different. I was expecting something far less quality, and a story that wasnt as intelligent as it has turned out to be. I have now listened to all the series on audible and the only thing im disapponted with is that the entire series isnt here, so i have to wait for the rest.

3 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Ain't She Sweet?

  • By: Susan Elizabeth Phillips
  • Narrated by: Kate Flemming
  • Length: 11 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,155
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 538
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 542

The girl everybody loves to hate has returned to the town she'd sworn to leave behind forever. As the rich, spoiled princess of Parrish, Mississippi, Sugar Beth Carey had broken hearts, ruined friendships, and destroyed reputations. But 15 years have passed, now she's come home, broke, desperate, and too proud to show it.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Another winner from Susan Elizabeth Phillips

  • By sophie on 10-19-04

Loved the characters!

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

Reviewed: 01-22-12

What other book might you compare Ain't She Sweet? to and why?

Tempation and Call me irresistibleThey all have lead actresses that have a lot of spunk, their all love stories and their all fantastically heart warming.

What does Kate Flemming bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

She narrates beautifully, she's bang on with the accents, the timing, even down to the annoying characters she truely captures their annoying voices, she is the most gifted narrator i've had the pleasure of listening to!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Divergent

  • By: Veronica Roth
  • Narrated by: Emma Galvin
  • Length: 11 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31,083
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27,759
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27,960

In Beatrice Prior's dystopian Chicago, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue - Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is - she can't have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • It's not for me. Loved it anyway.

  • By Grant on 05-24-12

Absolutely loved it!

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

Reviewed: 01-22-12

Would you listen to Divergent again? Why?

Already have, and yes i'd listen to it a third time!

What other book might you compare Divergent to and why?

I cant think of any book that compares to it, maybe a teen sci-fi fantasy novel where the world is split into virtues

Which scene was your favorite?

I cant say or i'll ruin the story :)
Its the moment where she finds where she really should belong.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Birds and the Bees

  • By: Milly Johnson
  • Narrated by: Becky Hindley
  • Length: 11 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 177
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 154
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 153

Romance writer and single mum Stevie Honeywell has only a week to go till her wedding when her fiancé Matthew runs off with her glamorous friend Jo MacLean. But Stevie knows exactly how to win her man back. Adam MacLean is aslo determined to get back his lady, Jo. All he needs to do is convince Stevie that they should team up – a prospect neither of them finds attractive, seeing as each blames the other for the mess they now find themselves in.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable read

  • By Jan on 10-22-12

dont waste your credit

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

Reviewed: 01-22-12

What disappointed you about The Birds and the Bees?

No matter how many times i attempted getting through the first couple of chapters i couldn't, on occasion i fell asleep to the monotone of the narrator. I havent managed to get through the bloody thing so i cant tell you that the story is a complete loss, nor i can say that it continues in the exact manner as the first chapters. What i can say is i think its a miserable audio book and im upset that i wasted my time and money on it.

What was most disappointing about Milly Johnson’s story?

It was too slow, didnt captivate, or spark any imagination.

Would you be willing to try another one of Becky Hindley’s performances?

Im not sure, probably not.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Birds and the Bees?

I would rewrite the first chapter of the book and make it interesting

Any additional comments?

Im being bias. I havent read the whole thing, and if the first chapters are any indication of the rest of the story then i've made the right choice by not forcing myself through it.

4 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Stealing Shadows

  • By: Kay Hooper
  • Narrated by: Cristine McMurdo-Wallis
  • Length: 11 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 463
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 421
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 419

From best-selling author Kay Hooper comes a thrilling tale with a paranormal bent and a touch of romance. Cassie Neill has a powerful but troubling gift. She can see inside the minds of serial killers as they are planning their crimes. Tormented by her ability, she takes refuge in a secluded North Carolina town. But there’s no escaping her visions, and when a body surfaces just where she predicted, Cassie is suddenly a suspect.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good story, bad narration

  • By MEOWx4 on 08-14-12

Fantastic "read"

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

Reviewed: 01-22-12

Would you listen to Stealing Shadows again? Why?

Captivating, enthralling, suspense packed, a great ending with a couple of twists. The only criticism i can give this book is that it ended :(
Its always sad when you finish a book you cant put down for the life of you!

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • Insatiable

  • By: Meg Cabot
  • Narrated by: Emily Bauer
  • Length: 16 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 231
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 107
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 108

Sick of hearing about vampires? So is Meena Harper. But her bosses are making her write about them anyway, even though Meena doesn't believe in them. Not that Meena isn't familiar with the supernatural. See, Meena Harper knows how you're going to die. (Not that you're going to believe her. No one ever does.)

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • This Book Made Me Actually Appreciate "Twilight"..

  • By Molly on 04-08-12

Surprisingly refreshing

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

Reviewed: 12-14-11

Where does Insatiable rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I initially brought this book because I too am sooo over the Vamp fascination! Im so sick of going into the paranormal section and finding a ratio of 10 vamp books for ever 1 substantial ghost or haunting books. So i gave this book a try thinking that i might get something other than vampires. No such luck though, BUT don't despair! The story has a great story line, I thoroughly enjoyed it, the characters are great, and the ending is not quite what anyone would expect. Over all the story line was very unexpected, not your typical vamp book of girl meets vampire,they fall in love, the vampire tries to hold back fighting with his inner need to feast on the poor girl. Nope absolutely none of that in this book, I'm glad to report. Its a good book and its worth a try.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Save My Soul

  • A Paranormal Romance: Preternaturals, Book Two
  • By: Zoe Winters
  • Narrated by: Chet Williamson
  • Length: 7 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 48
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 35
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 36

All he’s asking for is her soul. After buying the antebellum home she’s fantasized about since childhood, Anna Worthington discovers Luc, a dangerously seductive incubus who has been trapped in the house by a 50-year-old curse. To rid herself of her problem house guest, she’ll call on a priest, gypsies, ghost hunters, and the coven of witches from lust-bunny hell. All she has to do is resist him long enough to break the spell, so they can go their separate ways. If she doesn’t, she could die. And that would be the best-case scenario.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Exciting Read! More....More......More!!!!!!

  • By Sonja on 10-02-12

Great listen

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-26-11

I have been trying to get an audio book that is centred in the paranormal, but i cant get away from the vampire craze at the moment, this book however satisfied me, the characters are lovely, they have spunky attitudes and i found myself laughing out loud at some points, theres the romantic intrest as all good books have, and sexual tension thrown in for good measure. The twist at the end i dont think anyone could anticipate. Overall i give this book 5stars!
Oh and the review that seems as though it gives the whole book away (i hope someone takes that down) doesnt give away the ending although i was very disappointed with her giving away too much!

3 of 4 people found this review helpful