Audio book challenge 2011

First in Phryne Fisher mystery series set in the 1920s.

Publication year: 1991
Format: Audio
Publisher: Audible Inc.
Narrator: Stephanie Daniel
Running Time: 5 hours, 50 minutes

The story starts in a party in London where a necklace is stolen and Phyrne quickly deduces who did it. One of the guests is so impressed with her wit that he invites her to lunch. The elderly Colonel and his wife are worried about their daughter Lydia; it’s possible that their son-in-law is poisoning the poor girl. Phryne agrees to investigate, although only if the parents don’t interfere. So, she travels to Melbourne prepared to insinuate herself in the local high society.

On the way there, she meets up with an old friend, a Scottish Dr. Elizabeth McMillan. Soon enough, she makes lots of other friends as well. She investigates Lydia and finds her tiresome and clingy. Phryne and McMillan both become also entangled with exposing a local illegal abortionist who rapes girls before butchering them. Several girls have already died.

The book has several plots and view-point-characters. Phryne is the most prominent of the POV characters. There are also Albert, Bert, Johnson, a cabbie who first drives Phryne and McMillan from the harbor to the hotel. Later, a man dumps a bleeding girl into her taxi. It turns out that that man was the illegal abortionist and police can’t do much about him. So, Bert rallies the local communist society to look for the Butcher. Alice Greenham is the bleeding girl and we follow her recovery.

The characters are great! Phryne herself is quite unorthodox character. Even though her father currently has a title and lands in England, Phryne and her family were the poor relations for a long time. So, she knows all about living in poverty and tries to help the poor people around her. At the same time, she enjoys having money and using it. She’s also not sure what she would like to do with the rest of her life. She enjoys driving fast cars and flying fast planes.

One of the first things Phryne does, when she comes to Melbourne, is to help Dorothy who is almost desperate enough to commit murder. Dorothy, Dot, was fired from her previous post as a maid because she refused the advances to her employer’s son. Without money or recommendations, her future is bleak. However, Phryne hires her as her maid and personal secretary, and buys her some new clothes, too.

Dr. McMillan is another unorthodox woman. She’s had to fight to be able to train as a surgeon. She’s employed at the Queen Victoria Hospital for Women and it’s still rare for a woman to get a job as a Doctor. She sees daily the abuses that women have to endure and she’s not afraid to speak her mind about it. She also wears trousers which horrifies some people.

There are also Russian dancers and Phryne is rather taken with one of them.

The book has two main plots which move in quite different social classes and Phryne investigates them both. The abortionist targets, of course, poor women and some of her victims are prostitutes. Meanwhile Phryne’s other investigation moves among the high society and cocaine use.

The writing style is quite humorous, even tough the subject matter is often grim. For example: “She had put on her lounging robe of a dramatic Oriental pattern of green and gold, an outfit not to be sprung suddenly on invalids and those of nervous tendencies, and she was rather glad that there was no-one on deck to be astonished.”

Daniel is a great reader. Her pace is unhurried and she even makes a slight Scottish accent for Dr. McMillan. Luckily, she doesn’t use a broad Australian accent for anyone or I might not have understood a lot.

This is the first audiobook from the batch I bought from Audible at a discount.
The first book in a science fiction series about John O’Ryan.

Publication year: 1992
Format: Audio
Publisher: Audible Inc.
Narrator: Stefan Rudnicki
Running Time: 11 hours, 31 minutes

John O’Ryan is an extraordinary man: he can learn in just a few minutes things that take others a lifetime to learn, he can control every part of his body consciously down to the molecular level, control his heartbeat and breathing, and he can use all of his brain. Yet, he works in an ordinary office and doesn’t have any real friends. One day, he’s sitting in a restaurant and sees three people. One is a young, beautiful woman and he falls in love with her. The second is a handsome, golden haired man, and the third is a muscular man who seems threatening. Then, someone throws in a grenade and O’Ryan saves the woman by throwing himself on top of her.

She still has to go to hospital and O’Ryan follows her. The woman, Aretha, claims that O’Ryan has a mission and it has something to do with her and the two men. Aretha says that she will help O’Ryan to remember. However, a nurse shoos him away and O’Ryan has to leave. He thinks about his past and present, and realizes that his life doesn’t feel like his own. He also feels that if he tries to find out about his past, his life will be in danger. But he has to know.

When O’Ryan tries to find Aretha again, she has checked out with the strange, threatening man. O’Ryan manages to track them down just in time to witness how the man kills Aretha. O’Ryan swears to avenger her. He’s able to track down the handsome man from the restaurant who tells him something that should be startling but which O’Ryan feels is true.

O’Ryan is really Orion, a hunter from 15,000 years in the future. His mission is to kill the mysterious threatening man, Ahriman, who killed Aretha. If Orion doesn’t succeed in killing Ahriman, all of human race will die.

This is an epic story. When Orion dies, he moves to another point in history where he can confront his nemesis again. Every time Orion’s woman is by his side, but each time she’s a contemporary woman who doesn’t know Orion or his mission. Her name also changes every time.

Orion, his woman, Ahriman, and the handsome man called Ohrmuzd are the main cast. The other characters change when Orion moves to a different time period.

When the story starts, the setting feels like a contemporary one. However, there are some clues that the technology is more advanced than ours; O’Ryan has a phone with a small video screen and holograms are used, even if they’re not common.

Then Orion jumps back in time to the Mongols, then to Stone Age, and then further back still. We get only small glimpses of each culture. Between each time period, there’s an interlude where two god-like people talk and we get to know more about the world and the motivations about some people. I don’t know much about the Mongols but what we see seems pretty accurate to me: patriarchal horse people who conquered China and are trying to expand further.

I had some issues with the portrayal of Stone Age, though. Of course, we can’t really know what went on then and probably different tribes had different customs. However, I found their treatment of women to be peculiar, or perhaps Orion’s conclusions. He observes that the small tribe he attaches himself to has very small number of children, most of them teenaged boys. So, he draws the conclusion that girl children are mostly killed at birth so that they aren’t producing more kids than the tribe can support. Also, women past childbearing age are killed, too. So… a woman is only good for breeding? She can’t, for example, hunt or gather food, or be a healer or priestess or make clothing or cook or know a lot of stuff when she’s older? Oh, wait, yes she can! Orion’s woman in this age is a healer and a priestess! She’ also a grown woman with a partner (the chief, of course) but no kids! She doesn’t have an apprentice, so if/when she’s killed the tribe will not have a healer anymore. Also, only women cook. Something here doesn’t add up… Also, if people are starving, it’s possible that the kids die young because of the environment, without any help from their parents, or that the women aren’t fertile or can’t carry to term. Some number of women are also going to die in childbirth. So, I don’t think the tribesmen need to especially kill girls. I also thought that small tribes wanted to expand. Isn’t population control is a far more modern concept? I thought that killing girls has more to do with dowries than limiting the number of babies.

Also, this tribe just hunts. They don’t gather food at all which seems very strange.

I also had some problems with Orion’s woman. For example, she and Orion don’t meet for the first time in this book at all. When we readers meet her for the first time, she already knows Orion who has only lost his memory. Later, she either is a contemporary woman who doesn’t know him or, in the last part, they already know and love each other. However, my biggest problem was that when the time period changes so did her personality. During modern times, she’s some what confident at first but succumbs rather easily to Ahriman’s threats. During the Mongolian times, she’s a healer who meekly follows Orion even though she doesn’t know him at all. During the Stone Age, she’s the chief’s woman who enjoys hunting and fighting. Later, she’s a warrior woman. So, who is this person Orion is supposed to love? Clearly, their love can’t be based on personality or shared experiences. So what is it based on? I have no idea. But it’s likely that I’m over thinking this.

Otherwise, this is a quick-paced adventure romp. Orion does think about time travel and the implications of everything he does but it’s overshadowed by his need to kill Ahriman.

Rudnicki is a good reader and he makes different voices for different characters. He’s pace is unhurried.

The next book in the series is set in the Trojan war!

The first in the urban fantasy series about antiques dealer Kira Solomon.

Publication year: 2010
Format: Audio
Publisher: Audible Inc.
Narrator: Allyson Johnson
Running Time: 9 hours, 6 minutes

Kira Solomon never knew her parents. She grew up in an orphanage but was adopted by a nice family. However, when Kira’s powers manifested when she was 12, her parents can’t raise her anymore. They brought her to Balm who is the mysterious leader of the Gilead Commission which protects the world from the Fallen and the demons. Kira grows up in the Commission and becomes one of their best Shadowchasers.

When Kira touches an object, she can read its history and possible magical power, but when she touches a human with her bare hands, she will suck the life right out of him or her. Thanks to the Commission’s training, she’s also an expert fighter. She can fight with any weapon but her favorite is her Light Blade because she can channel her power through it. By day, she’s a freelance antique’s dealer and by night she hunts demons. Oh, and she’s black.

Antiques dealer Bernie Comstock is one of Kira’s closest friends and also her mentor. He has found an intriguing dagger and brings it to Kira so that she can find out if it’s a genuine Egyptian artifact. After Bernie leaves the dagger to Kira, she finds out that the dagger is genuinely over four thousand years old and very powerful. Also, the dagger’s original owner is alive and looking for it.

Then, Bernie is killed. Kira uses her powers on Bernie’s blood and finds out that a powerful demon is after the dagger. She swears to avenge his death. She’s also upset because she though that Bernie knew nothing about magic or her life as a Shadowchaser. Now, she finds out that Bernie had been her handler and employed by the Commission.

Khefar is four thousand years old Nubian warrior and he wants his dagger back. He’s immortal after a fashion and he’s been fighting the darkness for a long time. He’s finally close to atoning for his deeds and finding rest. But in order to do that, he has to get his dagger back and get back to work. His guide is a wraith called Nansi.

As an Indiana Jones fan, I loved the concept of the book. However, Shadow Blade isn’t really similar to the movies. The people stay in the same area instead of traveling all of the world, raiding tombs. But, there’s plenty of excitement in the book. There are some pretty intense fight scenes between Kira and demons, especially near the end. There are also some secrets and mysteries to discover.

Kira herself is a typical tough gal UF heroine. She dislikes her closest supervisor who tries to limit Kira’s actions and tie her more to a desk than a motorcycle. However, I liked it that her powers have personal drawbacks. She can’t eat food that is made by anyone else and is a strict vegetarian. Since she can’t touch another person, she’s had only one lover in her life and they had just one weekend when her lover gave her a potion that neutralized her powers. (Although, I found it really hard to believe that Kira never wondered where that potion had come from or tried to get more herself.) When Kira notices that she can touch Khefar without killing him, she’s naturally drawn to him.

She’s somewhat worried about the state of her soul because battling Shadow creatures puts her near magics which can corrupt her.

Khefar has surprisingly modern attitudes but of course, he’s lived through history and has had to change with the times. He’s atoning for the horrible things he’s done in the past. Before he became immortal, he had wife and kids, but has no problems having a relationship now. Also, when he dies, there are certain conditions that have to be fulfilled or he dies forever which makes the process more interesting and might make a good plot twist in a sequel.

Their relationship starts perhaps a bit too quickly but at least Khefar isn’t an arrogant asshole.

I really liked the supporting cast. Kira’s best friend, Wynne Marlowe, is a metalworker and a witch. She and her husband are Kira’s backup, too, and they know about the Commission even though they aren’t on the Commission’s payroll. Khefar’s guide Nansi is a fun character who looks like an old black man. He likes to cook and party, and seems to have an agenda of his own. Then there’s the psychic vampire Dimaas (spelling?) who owns the bar DMZ where people, and creatures, both from the side of Light and Shadow can party together. Normal humans can also interact with non-humans there. Dimaas is one of Kira’s information sources and a shameless flirt. Kira’s foster mother Balm is a mysterious figure. She doesn’t tell anyone about her past, or even her real name, and Kira is determined to find out who Balm is. However, it’s clear that Balm cares for Kira deeply.

There’s a lot of Egyptian mythology in the book. Kira follows Ma’at: she prays to her and has her altar in her house. Khefer is the follower of the goddess Isis. I love Egyptian mythology.

The world has at least two types of magic: Light Magic which the good people use and Shadow Magic which apparently smells of chaos and evil. Normal people can’t sense magic at all. The Fallen don’t have their own bodies but instead need a human host. However, they have half-breed demons and Shadow Magic workers on their side.

Johnson is a good reader. She uses different voices with different characters. However, her reading pace is unhurried which might make some listeners impatient. To my surprise, it made me pay more attention to the reading (I usually do other things while listening a audio book so sometimes I get distracted). With Nansi and some other characters, she uses a little bit of slang (which I presume is in written in) and a intonations that I associate with black people. (I don’t live in English speaking country, so I don’t have much personal experience with spoken English.)

All in all, this was a entertaining read and I will be getting the sequel where we’ll hopefully get an established couple

The first in the urban fantasy series about a Cherokee shape shifter.

Publication year: 2009
Format: Audio
Publisher: Audible Inc.
Narrator: Khristine Hvam
Running Time: 13 hours, 59 minutes

Jane Yellowrock is a vampire hunter. She’s also a Cherokee skinwalker, a shape shifter who can change into any animal once she has a sample of it. Shifting into a smaller or a larger creature is problematic because the extra mass has to either go somewhere or come from somewhere but possible. However, she shares her mind with the Beast – a mountain lion whose shape it’s easiest to shift into. But once she changes into a mountain lion, the Beast takes over. While Jane can suggest to her what to do, she can’t command it. She doesn’t know how they can share the same mind but suspects that the Beast knows.

New Orleans has a thriving community of civilized vampires. However, they have a problem: an unknown rogue vampire who is killing and eating both humans and other vampires. So, they decide to bring in out-of-town-talent: Jane.

The timing is good for Jane. Some months back, she was seriously injured while killing a vampire nest and she took time to heal. Now, she’s better and eager to get to work. She’s never met a civilized (or sane, as Jane calls them) vampire before, so the situation is very new to her, too.

Her employer is Katherine “Katie” Foutaneau, who runs a high-class brothel. Jane gets a house right next to Katie’s Ladies and gets to work. By night she tracks the rogue vampire in the mountain lion form and by day she tries to find out everything else she can.

Jane is an interesting character. The Beast is often near the surface and Jane has to mentally wrestle her down and stop herself from growling at people. Jane doesn’t remember her parents or her childhood. Her memories start when she was twelve and was found in wilderness. As far as she knows, she’s the only skinwalker in the world. Her sense of smell is stronger than normal humans and she uses it a lot.

When Jane shifts, the Beast takes over as a narrator and her voice is different from Jane’s. The Beast makes short comments about smells and the funny habits humans have. Her narration has short, even one word sentences, and it’s stylistically very different from Jane’s voice.

In this world, two types of supernatural creatures are out in the open: vampires and witches. Witches have to have a license to work. Jane’s best friend is an Earth witch Molly who knows everything about Jane and the Beast. Molly does some spell work for Jane but she also supports Jane emotionally. Molly has two kids and Jane is close to them, too.

There’s lots of gore in the book. The fight scenes, especially near the end, were bloody, and the rogue vampire actually eats parts of his victims so the descriptions of the bodies are also pretty gruesome.

Unfortunately for me, while I liked the plot, Jane, the setting and especially Jane and the Beast, the romantic plot was, well, typical UF fare. The vampires can smell that Jane isn’t human but can’t tell what she is. So, instead of, for example killing and dismembering or kidnapping her, they invite her to bed. Every single vampire, males and females, are trying get into Jane’s pants and so are their handsome, muscle-bound blood servants. That got old real fast for me. Also, there’s the typical asshole jerk “romantic interest”, Rick. We meet him in the first couple of pages and it was hate at first sight for me. Rick tells Jane straight out that he wants her job, then he stalks her literally by staying near her front door, and phoning to her and demanding to know where she is. When she doesn’t instantly get into bed with her, he says “what are you?”. Yup, if a woman doesn’t want to sleep with him, she’s of course not “real woman”. What an asshat. And what does Jane do? She hires him to stick around even more and gets jealous when she finds out that Rick sleeps around. (When I reached that point, I was rolling my eyes so hard, it’s a small miracle they’re still in my head.) Too bad. Without Rick, this would have been a far better book, possibly one of my favorites in UF.

Hvam is a great reader. Her tone of voice matches Jane’s inner voice very well and she makes accents which sound to me like Southern US. She can also make her voice lower for male characters.

The first in the urban fantasy series about changeling October Daye.

Publication year: 2009
Format: Audio
Narrator: Mary Robinette Kowal
Running Time: 11 hours, 10 minutes

October “Toby” Daye is a half-human, half-faerie woman; her father was a human and her mother is a Daoine Sidhe. She lives with her fiance and young daughter in San Francisco. In the mortal world she’s a private investigator and in the faerie world she’s a Knight on her own right which is almost unheard of for a half blood. Then her liege lord’s wife and daughter are kidnapped and Toby is given the task to find them. She follows a suspect but unfortunately, he knows about her and changes her into a fish. For fourteen years.

When she finally gets back to her human form, the world around her has changed. It’s very difficult to find a job which doesn’t require knowledge about computers and she can only work at nights. Also, she can’t explain her disappearance to her now teenaged daughter and former fiance, so they don’t want anything to do with her. However, some friends from the faerie world try to contact her. But for now, Toby doesn’t want anything to do with them. She feels like her life is over.

One of Toby’s few remaining friends is one of the really high born fae, Evening, the Countess of Goldengreen. She has been brutally murdered with iron but before that, she phoned to Toby and cursed her to find the murderer. Even though Toby would have do it anyway, she has now no choice. So, she has to return to the world of fae to beg for help from her former friends and to find the one who killed Evening.

At the start of the book, Toby is depressed and doesn’t want anything to do with the fae. A former friend comes to shop to the store where she’s a cashier, and she pointedly ignores him. Toby seems to blame the whole fae world for her misfortune. But after the curse is put on her, she has no choice but to impose on old friends. She visits the current ruling Queen but as soon as she hears that Evening is dead, she refuses to help Toby. I got the impression that Toby and the Queen didn’t have a cordial relationship to start with and some of her courtiers were even hostile to Toby, because she’s a changeling.

Toby returns to her liege lord, too. Here, she does have old friends. Her lord Sylvester welcomes her warmly and does his wife Luna. She and her daughter returned on their own but haven’t said anything where they had been. However, their daughter Raceleen (spelling?) was apparently deeply changed by the experience and is now bitter and mean, perhaps even evil. She’s married to a man Toby had a crush on as a teenager.

Sylvester’s family is interesting, even if they aren’t shown much in this book. The other characters are very good, too. There’s Home, where the unwanted half blood children go to when they can’t or don’t want to stay anymore in their previous place. Home is run by Toby’s former lover and boss Devon. He’s a real piece of work. He exploits the kids who run away to come to him. He doesn’t really teach them. Instead he seems to abuse them until they realize that the only one who can give Devon power over them is the kids themselves. They are free to leave at any time. We get to see a few of his kids who carry weapons and bad attitudes. They’re really fun!

The world-building is great. The fae live in their own worlds but many of them live in the mortal world, too. There are lot of unsolved mysteries in the world, too. The fae King Oberon has vanished and the current Queen rules in his absence. (I’m reminded of Roger Zelazny’s Amber where the king of Amber, Oberon, is also missing at the start of the story.) Each of the Dukes and Countesses rule their own land which is inviolate no matter how small it is. The land is called the ruler’s “now”. The fae world seem to be full of half blood of various kinds but maybe that’s because as a half blood Toby knows more other half bloods than full blooded people.

The story is told in the first person so we never get into the heads of the other characters. I was interested to know more about the motivations of some of them, such as the antagonist. Many of the mysteries surrounding Toby and her world are left unsolved and I’m hoping that they will be explored in the books to come. What happened to Luna and her daughter? Oberon, the king of faery is still missing. What happened to him and his Queens? Will Toby get her revenge on the man who changed her to a fish? Will her daughter ever accept her? What if her daughter develops fae powers?

Kowal’s narration is okay. She uses slightly different voices for some characters. For the king of the cats, for example, she uses a bit slower reading speed which was a good way to distinguish him and suitable for the character. However, it sounds to me that she has slight speech impediment or unfamiliar accent which sometimes makes it a bit difficult to listen to her.

There’s a sample chapter at the author’s website.

The fourth book in the Raine Benares fantasy series.

Publication year: 2010
Format: Audio
Running time: 13 hours, 25 minutes
Publisher: Audible Inc.
Narrator: Eileen Stevens

Raine and the Guardians are trying to sort out the mess that was left at the end of the previous book. Several souls managed to escape from the magical stone Saghred and are now possessing the people on the island of Mid. One of the escapees is Raine’s arch-nemesis Sarad Nukpana who promptly delivers an elven general’s corpse to Raine’s feet. It seems that Nukpana has found a ritual that makes it possible for him to suck the lifeforce and memories out of other people, and use them to make himself corporeal again. Also, the Reapers are after Raine big time. Reapers are the spirits who colled the souls of the dead and escort them to the afterlife. They are also after people who have lived longer than their natural lifespans. Many souls are imprisioned in the Sahgred and the Reapers try to use Raine to get them out.

It also seems that Raine’s previous employer, the head of Elven Intelligence, is after Raine and the rock, too. She has trusted him before, so now she feels pretty betrayed.

The plot is again fast-paced. The Guardians and Raine are running around the island trying to capture the runaway spirits and especially Nukpana. While the main plotline about the Saghread is still left open, a few other plots get a resolution.

The characters are again great, funny, and entertaining. Raine’s pirate cousin Phaelan is joined by Raine’s pirate uncle who is just are protective of Raine as Phaelan. We finally get to find out something about Mychael’s past (which intially seemed great but in the end I found really unsatifying). Piaras is again showing his impressive spell singing abilites. We also meet the head of the Goblin Secret Service who seems an interesting character and she has a lot of history with Tam.

Unfortunately, the book has some downsides as well. There’s a lot of repetition both about events in the previous books and when describing familiar characters. One of the prominent antagonists was killed – off screen and by another character. This was surprising and disappointing especially considering how much grief this antagonist has given to Raine and her friends. I was also a bit disappointed by one of the twists near the end. It promised a lot but failed to deliver in the end.

I’m also having problem swith some anachronistic references. For example, Shearin seems to be fond the phrase: ”welcome to my parlour”, said the spider to the fly. Unfortunately, it’s not an idiom or a saying. It’s from a poem by Mary Howitt. I have a hard time believing that her poem has made it to this fantasy world. There’s also a mention of the Devil even though it was established in the previous book that here Hell has a king and a queen, and the king has been imprisoned in Saghred for centuries.

But the end is still promising an interesting continuation, perhaps even away from the island of Mid. It might even be Tam’s tale if Shearin wants to go that way. I’m eagerly looking forward to Con & Conjure.

I like Eileen Stevens’ narration. Except for Raine, almost the whole rest of the cast is male but Stevens can make an admirable amount of different male voices. She also has a different voice for Raine’s dialog and the narration.

Shearin has sample chapters at her website for all of the Raine books.

I’m going to take part in two more challenges. The first is the audio book challenge Whisper Stories in my ear. I’m a member of so I’m going to buy around 14 audio books every year anyway.

Bewitched Bookworms

Here is the basic information:

* Should you choose to participate in this challenge, your goal is to read at least twelve (12) audiobooks (no matter the length). Twelve is the minimum to be entered in the Grand Prize at the end of the Year.

* Of course anyone can join. You just have to live on the planet earth, (meaning, this is an international challenge and contest) and you need to have either a blog where you can post your Reviews, or you need publish your review anywhere else, goodreads, LibaryThing, amazon, Barnes & Nobles, audible, etc etc etc…

* Important: When you post your Review you have to say that you listened to the audiobook version of the book, who was the narrator, the length of time the audiobook ran and your separate rating/impression for the audiobook (how you liked the narration of the story beyond what you thought of the story itself). This can be at the end of your regular review, just like this example here.

The challenge runs from January 1st to December 31st, 2011.
You can join at anytime you want!
It doesn’t matter what audiobook you are listening to,
no matter the genre or the length!

Challenge Guidelines:

* Please create a blogpost announcing your participating, you can include the books you are planning to listen to, but you don’t have to. People without a blog just leave a the link to where you will be posting your reviews (i.e. your Goodreads account). Please add the Links to the post in Mr.Linky form below.

* Every month, starting in January we have a new post up for you where you can post your Reviews for that month. A Mr Linky form will be up for you.

* Although one review is the minimum to be entered, the more reviews you post each month the more chances you get to win the monthly prize. The monthly prizes includes giftcards from where you can buy audiobooks – like Amazon, iTunes, Barnes&Nobles and Audible. Plus, we will also have some MP3 players in the monthly prizes and other stuff that has something to do with audiobooks. You know how we Bookworms like to get creative with the prizes….

* You can pick the audiobooks as you go (no need to decide right now), but if you have already an idea what you’re planning to listen we would absolutely love to know!

1, Lisa Shearin: Bewitched and Betrayed
2, Seanan McGuire: Rosemary and Rue
3, Skinwalker by Faith Hunter
4, Shadow Blade by Seressia Glass
5, Ben Bova: Orion
6, Kerry Greenwood: Cocaine Blues
7, Amanda Quick: Second Sight
8, Rachel Caine: Chill Factor
9, Jon Courtenay Grimwood: the Fallen Blade
10, Anne Perry: The Face of a Stranger
11, Kristine Kathryn Rusch: City of Ruins
12, Gayle Lynds: The Book of Spies
13, Peter Clines: Ex-Patriots

Most likely I’m going to listen fantasy and urban fantasy books and some mystery and science fiction.

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