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The media has a nickname for Marnie Baranuik, though she'd rather they didn't; they call her the Great White Shark, a rare dual-talented forensic psychic. Twice-Touched by the Blue Sense - which gives her the ability to feel the emotions of others, and read impressions left behind on objects - Marnie also has a doctorate in preternatural biology and a working knowledge of the dark arts. She is considered without peer in the psychic community.

Then her first big FBI case ended with a bullet in one shoulder and a chip on the other, a queasy heart and a serial killer in the wind, leaving her a public flop and a private wreck. When the FBI's preternatural crimes unit tracks her down at a remote mountain lodge for her insight on a local case, her quiet retirement is promptly besieged by a stab-happy starlet, a rampaging ghoul, and a vampire-hunting jackass in tight Wranglers. Marnie figures the only real mystery is which one will kill her first.

Too mean to die young, backed up by friends in cold places, and running with a mouth as demure as a cannon's blast, Marnie Baranuik is about to discover that there's no such thing as quitting time when you're Touched.

©2011 A. J. Aalto (P)2017 Tantor

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Hilarious, Sexy, Snarky, and Absolutely Unique!

What did you love best about Touched?
I absolutely LOVE the snark, humor, and action. But mostly it's so nice to actually have a book with a real story line, plot, character development, it's non stop entertainment.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?
never ending action or witty banter.

What does Amy McFadden bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
I read this book and was delighted when they added it to audible, although I was nervous ( I am the ultimate narrator snob) Amy was a perfect choice, she is amazing at holding character, accents, and different voices without sounding like an idiot. I would listen to her again in a heartbeat

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?
So amazeballs we had to make it into a Movie!!! well, okay, so I"ll never make a career in marketing. But I would watch this movie, for realsies.

Any additional comments?
if you like books like the Kate Daniels series, Charlie Davidson, Iron druid, or Mercy Thompson this book is absolutely for you!

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Great Story, if a Gross One

I really enjoyed this book. The main character is a hoot, if foul mouthed. She's painfully human, meaning she's not perfect. However, there are times when she says and does things that are ingenious. There are parts that made me laugh out loud and others that made me cringe. There is a LOT of grossness in here, given what the story is about, so it's not unexpected. I highly recommend this book. As for the narration, Amy McFadden is a delightful discovery! She brings Marnie and her world to vivid life. I am eager to read and listen to the next book!

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False advertising

I am not vampire fan - the only good vampire is a dead vampire. The romanticizing of vampires is exasperating. The description did not mention vampires, If it had I would not have purchased it.
The wining and gnashing of teeth further detracted from any enjoyment.

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love!!!!

honestly an amazing stumble upon! I absolutely found my new favorite author! it fits all my favorite in 1 book

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Amazingly well read and we'll written

The story is totally original, quite a feat in the paranormal field. The narrator is incredible. The combination of excellent urban fantasy plus excellent narration is a rare listening gem. Don't miss this one.

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Something pleasantly different

This is not just another cut and paste paranormal book and is fast paced enough to keep you wanting more. The story line is well defined and easy to follow with some surprising twists and unexpected moments. Just as you think you know what’s going to happen next,your pleasantly surprised. I really enjoyed the dynamics of the main love interests and the whole story was well written.#magicalsystems,#vampires,#urbanfantasy,#provocative,#magical,#tagsgiving,#sweepstakes

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bad

I can't imagine being stupid enough to give this more than one star. Just a horrible story.

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great story and excellent narration!!

The planets must have aligned when A. J. Aalto and Amy McFadden were brought together to present this book! When a story has a cracking good character like Marnie Baranuik she needs a master narrator like Amy McFadden. And look! We got her! Finger pistols all over!!!!!

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It did not play all the way through, I don't why.

I like the book ,it just stopped, I don't know why disappointed .I got the 1st audiobook no problem, and the third one ok.

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Too much arguing

All the banter back and forth made me loose my concentration on the story. Which I totally forgot!!!!!!!

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  • miss v houtris
  • 11-01-17

Spot on

Amy McFadden was the perfect choice to narrate. She was without a doubt the ideal marnie and got marnies quirky personality and amusing swearing combos down to a T. Lovely to finally hear one of my favourite series

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  • T. Dervish
  • 04-07-18

Brilliant piece of writing

Aalto has produced an excellent piece of work with a good balance of characters and wonderful turns of phrase.
On a negative note, I found many scenes far too long winded and overdone. I think the novel could have been about 20% shorter.
That said, I don’t think there was a single badly written line in the whole novel.

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  • elly gausden
  • 01-15-18

Diverting but not satisfying

Well read and amusing in places, but far, far to long for the amount of actual plot in the book. All the constant back and forth of lusting after the two 'love' interests is tedious after the millionth example of it.

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  • piper mckitting
  • 08-20-19

Great listen, and g reader, hope there is a series

This book was surprisingly hard to stop listening too, slightly addictive, great story and well read!!!

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  • L.J.M.
  • 08-09-19

Cheap thrills

Very disappointing although the original idea is intriguing.

This is not the first book in the series as stated, so the reader is plunged into an existing plotline which necessitates much explanation. The dialogue is tedious and crude, the narrator mispronounces many words and the writer seems to be writing the scenes of intimacy and sex for effect rather than as part of the plot. The heroine is drawn as being stupid and shallow which makes it difficult to engage with her and the humour, such as it is, is crude. The whole novel could have done with heavy editing.

Absolute flop from this listener's point of view and I will not be finishing the book.

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  • Vivian
  • 04-26-18

A bit disappointing

Would you try another book written by A. J. Aalto or narrated by Amy McFadden?

Unfortunately no. The main character was supposed to be a sarcastic hard-ass, but the writing didn't fit it, and even the few lines that would line up wasn't performed as such by the narrator.

What was most disappointing about A. J. Aalto’s story?

It had a great set up, wonderful potential, and interesting takes on urban fantasy. But never was successfully followed through. The protagonist's main characteristics were only known because of how others referred to her, not in how she talked, thought or moved. Someone who was supposed to never be the kind who gave in to sexual desires sure thought a lot about it. The whole story ended up being a fantasy slashfic smashed into an urban fantasy detective book.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Often read lines without the inflection necessary for the character, though this may have been the failing of the writer more than the narrator. Hard to tell.

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

It had an interesting set up, and a unique take on some of the class urban fantasy elements. Unfortunately just didn't follow through with it