Brave, beautiful, and haunted by her past, demon hunter Anna MacKinley will do anything to help the Connors....
Straitlaced Philadelphia lawyer Catherine Barrington is surprisingly unable to resist the disarming small-town mechanic’s charm....
When PR pro Anna Wallingham gets dumped by her last client, she finds herself running out of options in LA, where looks trump experience....
Faelan has awakened from his time travel and he's ravenous - in more ways than one....
When an elite team of specialists receives a long-awaited first contact from an alien race, it’s nothing like what they’d imagined....
Letters to Zell explores what happens when women abandon the stories they didn't write for themselves and go completely off script to follow their dreams....
Ilona Andrews launches a brand-new Hidden Legacy series, in which one woman must place her trust in a seductive, dangerous man who sets off an even more dangerous desire....
One hundred years after the zombie apocalypse, those lucky enough to survive now exist in scattered cities, under the merciless rule of the City Watch....
When MI5 learns that a horrifying new weapon is in enemy hands, agent Andrew Harvey is called in to track it down before it reaches British soil....
Jordan Rivera is an ordinary kid with an ordinary family, until a vicious killer takes it all away, sparing her, but leaving her broken....
The show's just beginning. Step right up....
I thought this would be a simple profiling case. Just another Jack the Ripper wannabe, prowling London’s streets, searching for easy kills. I was wrong....
On the outside, Dina Demille is the epitome of normal. She runs a quaint Victorian Bed and Breakfast in a small Texas town....
Rosalind lived for the hunt. Now she might die for it. Rosalind's mission is simple: hunt demons and mages....
As an orphan ward of the Sisterhood in the ancient Tarachand Empire, eighteen-year-old Kalinda is destined for nothing more than a life of seclusion and prayer....
Nina Granville believes her business trip to Alaska will give her a short respite from the merry-go-round that came with her engagement to Congressman Terrence Donnelly....
Two thousand years ago, Rhys was the fierce Celtic warrior branded by the Romans as the Bringer of Death....
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The BrainsKendall Morgan, a relic expert born with the family gift for sensing the history and location of ancient artifacts. The BucksNathan Larraby, the enigmatic billionaire who has hired Kendall to locate four powerful relics. The BrawnJake Stone, the tough, sexy mercenary with a mysterious past, contracted to protect Kendall.
Every mission Kendall accepts carries certain hazards, but Nathan’s latest is proving to be the most dangerous yet. Kendall’s attraction to Jake - and to Nathan - is making it hard to stay focused, and none of them can afford the distraction. Because there’s someone else hunting the relics, someone who will stop at nothing to put them to his own sinister use. But the dark secrets Nathan’s keeping could cost them the mission, their lives...and the history of mankind.
What disappointed you about Guardians of Stone?
I wasn't crazy about the narrator.
What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)
I thought it was pretty good. I'm intrigued, I'd definitely like to listen to the next one to unsolved some more mysteries.
How could the performance have been better?
The narrator kind of spoke weird. Almost like a lisp or something that frequently made her "s" sounds sound more like "sh." I guess it's nit-picky, but it bugged me. It just seems like if you're going to have someone narrate a book, you'd weed out things like that. I don't know...
What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?
Interest mostly. One of the reviews I read for this compared it to a girl version of Indiana Jones. I love that series and I can definitely see how that comparison can be made. There was adventure and mystery and a bit of romance, although honestly, I like a little more romance than there was in this book, but I think it might be leading there a little bit. The main point of the story isn't for romance though, it's the adventure/mystery angle.
Any additional comments?
It's pretty cheap, so I think it's worth the buy.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
Series looked great and I had hight hopes. So much trite in the first three and chapters. Adding this to my did not finish pile.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
What made the experience of listening to Guardians of Stone the most enjoyable?
I really enjoyed the fantasy elements of the story. I think it's an interesting mechanic and I'm excited to see where it leads.
Have you listened to any of Renee Raudman’s other performances before? How does this one compare?
No, this was a first. I have to say though - I wouldn't seek out her narration. Her accents in particular simply take me out of the story, especially when, in subsequent books, she uses the only distinct accent she does well for subsequent different characters.
Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
I laughed on more than one occasion, though it was more being taken aback by an off-color comment than anything else.
Any additional comments?
I really wish she sexual component of the books weren't so... prominent. There's definitely something to be said for sexual tension, but rather than "fantasy" being the primary category for this book it falls into "soft porn". The whole series suffers from the same problem. As I said previously, I think the fantastical part of the story, from the "ancient order" to the main character's pseudo-psychic abilities, are excellent. I can't really bring myself to recommend this to anyone I know personally though because of the overwhelming and mostly unnecessary sexual focus of the book.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
What did you love best about Guardians of Stone?
This is a fascinating story that has interesting historical pieces.
Did the narration match the pace of the story?
I think the narrator of this story does a good job of keeping the story interesting and does a decent job with the voices.
Any additional comments?
This book is a good listen for when you are at the gym. It's not a book I had to listen too but looked forward to it when I was at the gym. It's a little draggy in places and then skips over some more interesting parts at the end...like the book just needed to get wrapped up. I'd buy it again.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?
More character development was needed for this storyline to really "fly". The protagonists attention spans and the plot was flighty. Even the scenes where danger was imminent, there were on-going sexual innuendos and jokes.
What do you think your next listen will be?
Laurie King, Russell Series
What does Renee Raudman bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
Great depth and variety of voices - an engaging performer.
You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?
A lively quick pace.
2 of 3 people found this review helpful
"Guardians of Stone" was a free book from the Samsung Book Deals provided by Kindle. I enjoyed reading it so much that I added the audible narration for .99 cents when I was about a quarter of the way through. Although Renee Raudman is not the best narrator, as the three main characters all sound the same, I still enjoyed her performance (rated it +3 stars).
Kendall Morgan is a tough female protagonist with an interesting talent at finding hidden and rare relics. The book begins with a mystery from her childhood that is not answered by the end of the book. Since there are two other books in the series, more of Kendall's personal history will probably be revealed if one keeps up with the series.
Kendall's paranormal gift provides a nice touch of fantasy for this adventurous story. It reminds me of a Dan Brown Davinci novel. Still, Brown takes his characters and mysteries too seriously, so Anita Clenney provides a nice contrast for readers who want something a little more humorous and lighthearted. Another apt comparison is that Kendall is a female version of Indiana Jones, along with all the complicated love interests Jones often finds in each new adventure.
Actually, the idea of a love triangle turned me off from the book a bit. It gets tiresome, especially when you cheer for one of the heroes only to have the heroine pick the opposite man. Both Nathan Larraby and Jake Stone are strong men and are a good match for Kendall's own spirited self. There are also secrets about both of them, neither of which is revealed by the end of the book. Although there were lots of playful interludes between Kendall and Jake, there are no real R-rated scenes yet in this novel. By the end of the book, I am most interested in Nathan because I find his character more appealing than Jake's.
The villain, the Reaper, is a rather sinister person who will stop at nothing to own the artifacts of power. Lots of death and destruction follow in his wake, but I am sure our trio of heroes will preserve.
As for the mysterious artifact that Kendall hunts in "Guardians of Stone", that mystery was easily solved. The questions that persist are the ones about the different characters from the book and even a non-character from Kendall's childhood, her best friend Adam. There are some fun supporting characters that Renee Raudman does an amazing job with their voices, she has a good southern drawl. They provide a lot more humor as uninvited sidekicks to the adventures of the main trio.
The ending was very disappointing, but I expected that since there are two other books in this trilogy. Anita Clenney makes me want to spend more money to read "The Lost Chalice" and "Fountain of Secrets". I look forward to finding out more about Kendall, Nathan, and Jake. I just hope that Clenney keeps Kendall a strong, independent relic seeker despite the fact that there are two hot-blooded males vying for her attentions.
If you like fantasy mixed with a little romance and adventure, this is a book to read. The rivalry/competition between Jake and Nathan as it relates to Kendall is often funny.
Kendall Morgan is a modern day Indiana Jones with a twist – her sixth sense. Since she can remember she has always had an uncanny ability to sense the history and location of objects and sometimes people too. Growing up hunting relics with her father and best friend, she always loved what she did and after a tragic plane crash that killed everyone she loved, she dedicated herself to finding and protecting the relics of the world. When her boss, the reclusive and mysterious billionaire Nathan Larraby, asks her to help uncover the location and procure four powerful relics, she accepts and soon finds herself flown to Italy with a brooding and mysterious mercenary Jake Stone. The two of them head off in search of the first relic and soon find that things aren’t all what they appear to be.
Two words: Loved it!
The book revolves around our three strong, stubborn and flawed characters: Kendall, Jake and Nathan. Kendall is our female Indiana Jones and uses her sixth sense to find and locate objects and sometimes people. She uses her gift sometimes more than her brain and I am honestly surprised she hasn’t gotten killed over it yet. Sometimes her stubbornness and impulsive nature really made me want to smack her and talk to her about being smarter about her decisions. That being said, she also had a determination and curiosity about her that was truly envious. Jake, our brooding, mysterious and horny mercenary was an interesting character to say the least. I will honestly say, I didn’t care for him at first. He was a pig and sexist and just irked me the wrong way too many times. After awhile he did grow on me but it did take a bit longer because of his earlier attitude towards Kendall. In the end, he proved to be stubborn, protective, and while he was still horny as a dog, he truly seemed to care about Kendall and her well being. Nathan, was also an interesting character but I did like him more than I did Jake. He was very reclusive and mysterious but he had an air of mystery, determination and desperation that made me want to delve into his head and find out everything about him. I will admit though that he did some irksome things, especially with all his secrets! Too many for my liking but I can see how they help the book along.
The plot itself was very interesting and definitely followed the whole Indiana Jones theme we have going on. They are relic hunters who are searching for an item and hopefully retrieve it faster than the sinister Reaper does. Speaking of the Reaper, though we know he is the one after the relic and while we do find out some stuff about him…I still wonder if he is actually real. My only real qualm about the plot is how fast it moved. I mean it FLEW by. I felt as though I was almost rushing through the book just to keep up. I think things could have been slowed down a bit, explained more and given a bit more detail instead of the quick hints and details were were given.
I am curious as to where the romance will go in this book because while it does have romantic elements in it, there is no real inclination as to which way it is going. As of now there is no love triangle per se, but it is possible it could lead to one in future books which has me worried. Hopefully not as I already know who I want her to end up with and it better happen! And I think it will because as much as I enjoy this book…I think I already know where everything is going because unfortunately it is a bit predictable. Nonetheless, I will still continue to read the series because I enjoyed the adventure, the mystery and the history that is revealed! A fun and action filled adventure that I am glad I picked up!
I thought the story was great it was a little different than what I normally read but I was kept interested until the last word.
It had intrigue, mystery, a little paranormal, old artifacts, a ghost, a secret society, and romance. What more could you ask for?
I read a review on Amazon that was scathing but even looking for the things she listed left me wondering how she could take everything so backwards from what is was meant for. But to each his own, however for me this was a great read and I'm off to purchase the next book in the series.
Like I said in the title I'm not a fan of the narrator and wish it was anyone else because she grated on me and had me picturing a grandmother instead of the heroine who is still in her 20's and when she spoke for Nathan it was a sick old man. The only good thing I can say is you eventually get a little used to it and that was the only reason it was tolerable.
If you could sum up Guardians of Stone in three words, what would they be?
It just keeps moving and the story line is good.
What other book might you compare Guardians of Stone to and why?
Which character – as performed by Renee Raudman – was your favorite?
If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?
Any additional comments?
I will continue the series.