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  • Goddess with a Blade

  • By: Lauren Dane
  • Narrated by: Eve Bianco
  • Length: 8 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 23
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22

Rowan Summerwaite is no ordinary woman. Physical vessel to the Celtic goddess Brigid and raised by the leader of the Vampire Nation, she's a supercharged hunter with the power to slay any vampire who violates the age-old treaty. A recent string of murders has her at odds with Las Vegas's new Scion, the arrogant and powerful Clive Stewart. The killings have the mark of Vampire all over them, and Rowan warns Clive to keep his people in line - or she'll mete out her own brand of justice.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • On a re-read with an added listen!

  • By Rabid Reader on 29-11-18

On a re-read with an added listen!

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

Reviewed: 29-11-18

I originally read these a few years ago and they appeared at the top of my kindle library. On checking I found them in Audible too so now I can switch between the two.

Rowan Somerwaite is the current vessel of the goddess Bridgit, she endows Rowan with supernatural powers and strengths which allow her to perform her duties as a vampire hunter. She and her blade are the final justice when vampires stray over the line they agreed when the vampire nation charter was created.

Raised by the first as his foster daughter until she discovers exactly why she was fostered, Rowan has made her own place in the world. Having slaughtered the previous vampire Scion of Vegas for dipping and double dealing she is now faced with the very British Clive Stewart. They strike sparks off each other, they know they are fighting a losing battle as they are destined to be together.

As they struggle with their hormones dead women start dropping out of the air, all evidence points to a vampire ... but who?

  • Walk Through Fire

  • Chaos, Book 4
  • By: Kristen Ashley
  • Narrated by: Kate Russell
  • Length: 17 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 47
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 43
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43

Millie Cross knows what it's like to burn for someone. She was young and wild, and he was fierce and even wilder - a Chaos biker who made her heart pound. They fell in love at first sight, and life was good - until she learned she couldn't be the woman he needed and made it so he had no choice but to walk away. Twenty years later, Millie's chance run-in with her old flame sparks a desire she just can't ignore. And this time she won't let him ride off....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Millie and Logan

  • By Rabid Reader on 26-11-18

Millie and Logan

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

Reviewed: 26-11-18

Millie and Logan were an item when they were younger, the ultimate biker couple. They had it all to look forward to until one day Millie pushed him and he walked away, never looking or going back..

More than 10 years has passed and Millie has never moved on, but Logan "high" Judd has married and has two girls, he and his wife Debbie are in the process of an polite divorce. The first time Millie tries to explain why she did what she did Logan treats her like a piece of biker @ss.

From here things go rapidly down hill as Tyra and her crew decided that High and Millie really should be together and attempt to stage various interventions that go from bad to worse.

The final straw is when the plastic crate that used to be in Millie's closet of her and Logan's earlier life turns up in the hands of a Chaos' enemy ..... Benito V. He threatens Millie who in turn realises this is club business and runs in a blind panic to the Chaos compound demanding to speak to the club president and shouts she wants to be left alone. High is found and as he enters and tries to calm her down Millie spills the big secret as to why she left him.

Yes they get their HEA (finally) but not before Beneto has another go and Zadie, High's youngest daughter turns into a spoilt brat.

  • Shadow of Night

  • The All Souls Trilogy, Book 2
  • By: Deborah Harkness
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Ikeda
  • Length: 24 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,282
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,062
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,061

Historian Diana Bishop, descended from a line of powerful witches, and long-lived vampire Matthew Clairmont have broken the laws dividing creatures. When Diana discovered a significant alchemical manuscript in the Bodleian Library, she sparked a struggle in which she became bound to Matthew. Now the fragile coexistence of witches, daemons, vampires and humans is dangerously threatened. Seeking safety, Diana and Matthew travel back in time to London, 1590.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent

  • By ER on 07-11-12

The past .....

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

Reviewed: 14-11-18

Book two finds Diana and Matthew in Elizabethan Oxford under the rule of a queen who is partial to witch trials and runs a court full of intrigue. Diana is stunned to realise that Matthew's most intimate circle includes Kit Marlow, Walter Raleigh and the Henry Percy.

A summons from Sept-Tour allows Matthew to see his father one last time, Phillippe is not pleased by Diana until his mind is changed and he finally accepts her by adoption, Diana and Matthew marry in the chapel at Sept-Tour before more intrigue forces them back to London this time.

Diana's search for a witch mentor leads her to a group in east London who explain what sort of a witch she is, and that they have been waiting for her arrival. Once she realises what she is and what she can do all becomes very clear.

As the book progresses we see Matthew and Diana tracing the route of Ashmole 782 across Europe as it moves from hand to hand. Their journey is fraught with more intrigue including Diana being pulled into the court of Elizabeth where she is judged to be sorely lacking and Matthew reprimanded for not seeking permission to wed.
It is during this visit that Kit in collusion with Matthew's sister Louisa; tries to get rid of what he sees as the impediment to Matthew's love. Note: by this point I am so sick of Kit Marlow!

Ashmole 782 stays just out of reach as they circle Europe and time runs down and they know they must return to their own time before too much more is changed. Setting their affairs in order they return to Oxford and their own time once more.

  • A Discovery of Witches

  • The All Souls Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: Deborah Harkness
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Ikeda
  • Length: 23 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,269
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,795
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,796

It begins with absence and desire. It begins with blood and fear. It begins with a discovery of witches. Diana Bishop, a young scholar and descendant of witches, discovers a long-lost and enchanted alchemical manuscript deep in Oxford's Bodleian Library. Its reappearance summons a fantastical underworld, which she must navigate with a vampire, Matthew Clairmont. This manuscript, Ashmole 782, holds the secrets of their past...and the key to their future. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A surprisingly mature paranormal romance

  • By Caroline Marks on 01-03-11

Excellent opener

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

Reviewed: 13-11-18

Yes there is a TV series which has just finished BUT do not compare it to the book. The book as far richer as you read and fall into the world of Diana Bishop.

Diana is a witch in chronic denial who whilst on secondment in Oxford calls a volume Ashmole 782 from the depths of the library not realising that the book has been lost for over 100 years.

Enter various creatures, witches, demons and vampires one of which is Matthew Clairmont - Diana realises that he is a vampire as soon as she meets him, she also meets Peter Knox who using his witch skills to attempt access to her mind she walks away from both having returned Ashmole 782 to the stacks.

What follows is dash across Europe as the Congregation wants to know what her powers are, there is also the pesky little matter that the congregation has rules against fraternisation between species.

Matthew whisks Diana away to Sept-Tour the family home in France where he hopes she will be safe, but she is snatched from the gardens by Satu Jarvinen and tortured in the same manner as her parents as Satu attempts to split her open to discover her secrets. Witches do not keep secrets from other witches!

Matthew takes Diana to her aunts and they discover that her parents had bound her magic before leaving for their last trip to Africa. Diana's mother was a seer and she foretold that the congregation would go after their daughter, to protect her they bound her magic. She can use her magic but she has to need or want it, it cannot be forced out or from her.

As the congregation threat gets ever closer it is decided that Diana needs to go somewhere where a witch can train her to use her magic, without it she is defenseless. The Bishop house releases a letter from her parents and one of the missing pages from Ashmole 782, it also provides a poppet containing a gold and pearl earring. A demon and his partner appear, she is pregnant with a witch child and hands over a silver chess piece, explaining this has been in my family for years, handed down with the explanation of you will know who will need it and when.

Using Halloween when the veil between worlds is thinnest, Diana and Matthew using the earring, the chess piece and a book that Matthew gifts her they time walk and land in Oxford during the reign of Elizabeth I

  • Rebel Prince: The Power, Passion and Defiance of Prince Charles

  • By: Tom Bower
  • Narrated by: Peter Noble
  • Length: 14 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 91
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 81
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 80

Best-selling author Tom Bower reveals the power, passion and defiance of Prince Charles. Few heirs to the throne have suffered as much humiliation as Prince Charles. Despite his hard work and genuine concern for the disadvantaged, he has struggled to overcome his unpopularity. After Diana's death, his approval rating crashed to 4 percent and has been rescued only by his marriage to Camilla. Nevertheless, just one third of Britons now support him to be the next king.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • startling book

  • By cg on 17-04-18

Informative but

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

Reviewed: 13-11-18

Whilst I enjoyed this book, I have a serious dislike for both Charles and Camilla, this book does not show them in a positive light. Nor does it portray Diana as innocent as some do. What I do detest was C and C knew exactly what they were doing when they broke a girl (yes that is what she was mentally) as they cavorted amongst mutual friends and didn't think any further than their own self gratification. According to this book I did smile when I read that Camilla is the mother Charles felt he hadn't had.

I cannot bear the idea that Charles will take the throne as no matter what Camilla will stand up with him, he is the prince of wales therefore Camilla will receive that title too whether we the public like this or not.

  • Archangel's Prophecy

  • By: Nalini Singh
  • Narrated by: Justin Eyre
  • Length: 11 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 33
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33

Return to New York Times best-selling author Nalini Singh's darkly passionate Guild Hunter world, where human-turned-angel Elena Deveraux, consort to Archangel Raphael, is thrust centre stage into an aeons-old prophecy.... Midnight and dawn, Elena's wings are unique among angelkind...and now they're failing. The first mortal to be turned into an immortal in angelic memory, she's regressing. Becoming more and more human. Easier to hurt. Easier to kill. Elena and Raphael must unearth the reason for the regression before it's too late and Elena falls out of the sky.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Go to read as soon as they are published

  • By Rabid Reader on 13-11-18

Go to read as soon as they are published

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

Reviewed: 13-11-18

I adore this series, from the first book where we meet Elena Deveraux a guild hunter to Archangel Raphael I have been hooked. The series has developed over the last 10 books but this book shows what has happened is being unspooled. For the first time Nalini and Ms Eyre have left us with a cliffhanger similar to that at the very end of Avatar. Now I have to wait for her to return to the writing cave :-(

  • The Thinnest Air

  • By: Minka Kent
  • Narrated by: Brittany Wilkerson, Emily Cauldwell
  • Length: 7 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2

Meredith Price is the luckiest woman alive. Her husband, Andrew, is a charming and successful financial broker. She has two lovely stepchildren and is living in affluence in a mountain resort town. After three years of marriage, Meredith’s life has become predictable. Until the day she disappears. Her car has been discovered in a grocery store parking lot - purse and phone undisturbed on the passenger seat, keys in the ignition, no sign of struggle, and no evidence of foul play. It’s as if she vanished into thin air.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hold your breath!

  • By Kindle Customer Brenda Powell on 05-08-18

Very Enjoyable

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

Reviewed: 24-08-18

I didn't work out who it was until that moment by her car. A rather brilliant listen from start to finish.

  • Try Not to Breathe

  • By: Holly Seddon
  • Narrated by: Jot Davies, Lucy Middleweek, Katy Sobey
  • Length: 10 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,188
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,882
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,876

For fans of Gillian Flynn, Laura Lippman, and Paula Hawkins comes Holly Seddon's arresting fiction debut: an engrossing thriller full of page-turning twists and turns, richly imagined characters, and gripping psychological suspense. Some secrets never die. They're just locked away. Alex Dale is lost. Destructive habits have cost her a marriage and a journalism career. All she has left is her routine: a morning run until her body aches, then a few hours of forgettable work before the past grabs hold and drags her down.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • If you can get over annoying irritating inflections in speech of two readers it's worth listening to.

  • By Pete on 02-12-16

I liked that

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

Reviewed: 24-07-18

Amy is 15 and in a coma, Jake her former boyfriend is now 30, married and expecting his first child but he cannot let go of Amy and visits her every day but omits to tell his increasingly paranoid and pregnant wife.

Meet Alex, divorced, jobless, disgraced and a barely functioning alcoholic who visits a local hospice to discuss coma patients, when she learns Amy's story she decides to undertake a little investigative journalism as her attacker has never been found.

This is a very good read, the Amy monologues as she resurfaces are excellent but my hat goes off to Alex!

  • Ep. 6: The Bus Stop Rapist (Real Crime)

  • By: Bernard P Achampong
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Gibson
  • Length: 26 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14

He was dubbed the 'Bus Stop Rapist' and he struck again and again. But it was the story of 13-year-old Milly Dowler, snatched on her way home from school, which captured the imagination of a nation... and led in part to the downfall of a national newspaper.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Millie Dowler

  • By Rabid Reader on 16-07-18

Millie Dowler

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

Reviewed: 16-07-18

Ep6 - the invisible man
This was the case the not only uncovered a man murdering because he decided there was something about his victims he didn't like but that it alerted the police to the fact that the press were actually trespassing on private voicemail messages, not just Millie's but other more prominent people.

  • Ep. 5: The Story of Raoul Moat (Real Crime)

  • By: Thomas Glasser
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Gibson
  • Length: 27 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20

Raoul Moat, a thug with a mohawk, killed his ex-girlfriends' lover, sparking the biggest man hunt in British history and a grotesque media event. In this episode of Real Crime you can hear how the search panned out, including the final deadly moments.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • After the last 4 this was disappointing

  • By Rabid Reader on 16-07-18

After the last 4 this was disappointing

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

Reviewed: 16-07-18

I found this story a bit of a let down following the detail of the previous 4