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Clean Sweep

Written by: Ilona Andrews
Narrated by: Renee Raudman
Series: Innkeeper Chronicles, Book 1
Length: 7 hrs and 55 mins
4.6 out of 5 stars (76 ratings)

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On the outside, Dina Demille is the epitome of normal. She runs a quaint Victorian Bed and Breakfast in a small Texas town, owns a Shih Tzu named Beast, and is a perfect neighbor, whose biggest problem should be what to serve her guests for breakfast. But Dina is...different: Her broom is a deadly weapon; her Inn is magic and thinks for itself. Meant to be a lodging for otherworldly visitors, the only permanent guest is a retired Galactic aristocrat who can’t leave the grounds because she’s responsible for the deaths of millions and someone might shoot her on sight. Under the circumstances, "normal" is a bit of a stretch for Dina.

And now, something with wicked claws and deepwater teeth has begun to hunt at night....Feeling responsible for her neighbors, Dina decides to get involved. Before long, she has to juggle dealing with the annoyingly attractive, ex-military, new neighbor, Sean Evans - an alpha-strain werewolf - and the equally arresting cosmic vampire soldier, Arland, while trying to keep her inn and its guests safe. But the enemy she’s facing is unlike anything she’s ever encountered before. It’s smart, vicious, and lethal, and putting herself between this creature and her neighbors might just cost her everything.

©2013 Ilona Andrews, Inc. (P)2014 Ilona Andrews, Inc

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Not worth it!

This was a horrible book, the narrator was the only good thing about the 2.5 hours I wasted on this story. the plot was convoluted, the story was boring and the characters were total garbage. I gave it 2.5hours to see if it would improve but it was just horrid from start to finish so I returned it and got a different book. I would not recommend this series at all.

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Awesome story and great idea

Great story with a different idea. I loved the idea of a human who helps others from the galaxy and the narrator does a great job. To me she sounds a bit like Dolly Parton, so if that’s not your jam you will most likely not enjoy this book.

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It was a deal of the day!

I got this book after listening to one other book by the authors. I loved this story! The protagonist is a woman who actually knows all about the world instead of the love interest! They don’t get it on at all in the book so if you’re looking for that there’s a bit of sexual tension but not the lusty scenes other Ilona books have I enjoyed the narrators relaxed southern drawl and her masculine voices were easily discernible from on another Great listen all the way round!

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Excellent

Great book with a different take on some of the usual “magical beings”. Well written. The only detractor was the slow drawl of the MC as delivered by the narrator. It took about 3/4 of the book to get used to it. Looking forward to more in the series.

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Can't wait for the next one!

I love the way the author paints with words!!!!! I'm SO engaged and invested in this story!!! Loving it! Strong, young, female lead.

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I can recommend the whole Series

You can always count on Ilona Andrews for a good read. This series is new and fun and tense and creative. Her characters come alive through the genius of Renee Raudman (I look for her narrating when looking for a new read). Renee brings creatures, personalities and humour to her narrations. I chuckled and laughed out loud (had to explain why to my family as I was using earbuds) many times in these books. With the inventive talents of Ilona Andrews and the versatile voices of Renee Raudman these books are even better than when I could still read them.

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excellent series

have read the ebook and now also love the audiobook. I really hope Ilona Andrews (dream team writers) comes out with more books in this series.

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A hidden gem

And now even the monsters know not to mess with the Mistress of the Inn.

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Different and clever.

After listening to several series read with a clipped British accent, it took me some time to adapt to the slower southern-belle accent. Somehow, it lends a totally different atmosphere to the story. Really cool.

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  • Debhinn
  • 2017-01-11

Good story narration is hard

This is a good storyline and I enjoyed it. I'm not one to even write reviews but I have to say, the narration is really hard to listen to. This narrator has this soft whisper voice that almost puts you to sleep. It also doesn't match the main character at all. This narrator sounds like an old southern woman and the main character is supposed to be under 25. I'm trying to decide if I can get used to it enough to listen to her in the second book.

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  • Dogs & Horses
  • 2015-06-15

The narrator is tedious and ruined the story for m

I love the writing team that is Ilona Andrews and their Magic series. Kate is a strong, smart female lead who is also balanced with humor and softness. I expected something similar coming into Clean Sweep. The idea is a good one - a magical inn and innkeeper who is supposed to maintain neutrality amidst the magical goings-on outside her property's boundaries.

I just never felt invested in this story or any of the characters. Dina is in no way equal to Kate (from the Magic series) - this character is markedly weaker and wishy-washy with none of the sarcastic humor from either the Magic or Edge books. Additionally, the narrator was verging on ridiculous and obnoxious constantly which definitely took me out of the story. She has an overly fake sweet tone that grates and then she over accentuates the Southern accent to the point of parody - almost as if she were trying to be offensive. I found myself just not wanting to finish the book at all as a result. I may try again later

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  • Tshell
  • 2015-04-10

What happened ilona??

Juat a mess all round, way too any lines going on at once, too many planets, dramas, plot points. It was messy and nothing was really completed, just left to change tac again. I live for ilona's books but this was a monstrosity....the narrator plays everyone off as far older than they are. No 24 year old would speak with those inflections for example. All round a very disappointing book.

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  • Letitia Waltersdorff
  • 2015-11-18

Story was good, narrator did not fit.

I had first read this book when it came out. I loved the premise that it was an "urban fantasy" with a sci-fi twist. I am a big fan of the author, so when I saw that the second book of this series was coming out, I decided to brush up on the first one by listening to the audio version. I was a bit disappointed in the choice of narrator. Looking at other audio books from the same author, it appears as though they contract the same woman to do all their books. While she is a very fine reader, her take on the character and the accent she used just did not fit. The main character of this story is a young girl in her twenties. Although she originated from Georgia and settled down in Texas, I would almost rather the narrator not use an accent then try a southern one. Between her accent and her cadence, she sounded more like a matriarchal southern belle than a young woman in her twenties. It was hard for me to believe this character was a young woman just starting out and rather an older woman who wanted to serve lemonade and cookies to the neighborhood kids. I think that, although she may have been fine for other books, they may want to rethink this narrator for the next installment.

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  • CL
  • 2014-10-24

There's always a first time.

I'm a avid fan of Andrews and Raudman. After giving this book a 2nd listen, I hate to say it... I'm ...disappointed. The story is interesting, but in my opinion, Ms Raudman's narration is a complete miss. The reading is excruciatingly slow, drawn out even further by a rhythm that drove me to turn it off many times. The main character, written to be a sharp young Southern woman in her early 20's, is brought to life as a vague old Southern granny. I just couldn't stay focused. IIona Andrews, you're terrific. I'll definitely get the print version of the next one. Renee, thumbs way way up on your other narrations.

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  • Deree
  • 2014-03-21

A MUST LISTEN. Promising start for a new series.

I put off reading the Kate Daniel's series by husband and wife writing team, Ilona Andrews, for years for a reason that I can not recall. The series is now one of my favorites, and their new Innkeeper series is off to a very promising start. Intelligent, likable characters portrayed in a believable world of fantasy, what is there not to like? Really, really looking forward to listening to the next book in the series.

If you like Urban Fantasy, you must check out the work of this talented writing team. AND let's not forget Renee Raudman, she is an awesome narrator! She makes the characters come to life as if you are overhearing a conversation, not having someone read you a story!

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  • Amber
  • 2015-11-12

Interesting series start, narration annoyed me.

The narration volume going so quiet practically whispers I couldnt hear it and that means I probably missed alot of important info. oh well, not about to go back and listen again anytome since I am still recovering from the anooyance with how she said "wuff" or "woof" instead of wolf. seriously, by the end I cringed and groans aloud every time I heard it. The story was interesting a good start to a new series didn't grab me as much as the Ilona Andrews Kate Daniels series.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 2014-05-16

A Pure Delight!

What a new concept, an Inn for paranormals to stay, during their travels. A sentient Inn which is also considered neutral ground and a sanctuary. So any intergalactic or non intergalactic guest can stay here.The story opens with the death of a 3rd dog in the neighborhood. The deaths are vicious, with the animals being eviscerated. Dina is our heroine and Sean is our reluctant Hero, who is also a former Navy seal and a shifter, and is very ignorant of his world, and Arland a vampire who has the makings of being another love interest for Dina.
The world building is unique, presently the inn only has one guest, and she is quite scary. There is also a back story regarding the Inns and Dina's parents, that I am hoping will be further explored in the next book.
My favorite character though was Dina's dog, a lil shi tzu name Beast! LOL This was a fun, engaging book and with some LOL moments.

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  • H Price
  • 2016-10-21

Interesting Concept; Wrong Narrator

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The concept of this series -- a magical inn and innkeeper with a symbiotic relationship -- is a very interesting one. I found the back story of vampires and werewolves coming from other planets with complex histories to be too much. It was just excess baggage and not particularly interesting.

The innkeeper/heroine is aged 24 but the narrator sounded at least twice (possibly three times) her age. Because of that, the voice and the story line never meshed for me. I'm sure the narrator would be fine for other books, but she was a terrible choice for this one.

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  • Audrey
  • 2015-12-06

Couldn't get past the narrator

I'm sure the story would've been great but the narrator sounded like an old woman and the dissonance was just too much.

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