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Lisa

Granite Bay, CA, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • Iced: A Dani O' Malley Novel, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Karen Marie Moning
    • Narrated By Phil Gigante, Natalie Ross
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1291)
    Performance
    (1180)
    Story
    (1180)

    Dani "Mega" O’Malley plays by her own set of rules - and in a world overrun by Dark Fae, her biggest rule is: Do what it takes to survive. Possessing rare talents and the all-powerful Sword of Light, Dani is more than equipped for the task. In fact, she’s one of the few humans who can defend themselves against the Unseelie. But now, amid the pandemonium, her greatest gifts have turned into serious liabilities.

    Katheryne says: "Dude, It exceeded my expectations"
    "Karen Marie Moning is Master of the Fae Universe!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Iced the most enjoyable?

    The Series, this story, the narration all comes together as the perfect listen. I am obsessed by the Highlander and Fae Series - and can't wait for the next book and chapter in the Dani MEGA O'Malley story. Love the way she explores a new world AWC and the teasing of various relationships.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Iced?

    Too many to name and dont want to give any spoilers!


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Anytime the men square off and fight over Dani


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yep


    Any additional comments?

    To the review prude freaking out over Dani's age; Have you read the whole Series? If not, you need too, for perspective. And really, you are wigging out over a 14yr old exploring her feelings and attractions and are surprised men are attracted to her? Geez-I'm not so old that I don't remember fourteen but you must be. Yet you don't seem to mind the fact she's been carrying a sword and KILLING since age 9 and I find that interesting. I believe experiences shape a person, not their age. We all know people over 40 that lack the common sense & maturity of others at age 14 yr. In particular, a fictional girl abandoned as a child, feeding & fending for herself, facing & killing monsters, super human strength & intelligence, who was also touched by the Grey Woman (who obviously aged her)! So leave KMM to do her fictional magic and don't force her into changing directions.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Captivated by You: Crossfire Series, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Sylvia Day
    • Narrated By Jill Redfield, Jeremy York
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (421)
    Performance
    (401)
    Story
    (399)

    Gideon calls me his angel, but he's the miracle in my life. My gorgeous, wounded warrior, so determined to slay my demons while refusing to face his own. The vows we'd exchanged should have bound us tighter than blood and flesh. Instead they opened old wounds, exposed pain and insecurities, and lured bitter enemies out of the shadows. I felt him slipping from my grasp, my greatest fears becoming my reality, my love tested in ways I wasn't sure I was strong enough to bear.

    Ex-Student says: "What... what?!?!?"
    "I waited YEARS for this??? I want a refund,"
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    Would you try another book from Sylvia Day and/or Jill Redfield and Jeremy York ?

    Narrators were fine, and loved the first 2 Crossfire books,,,,then tolerated the 3rd, returning this fourth book


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Not Sylvia Day


    What about Jill Redfield and Jeremy York ’s performance did you like?

    Jill has done a fantastic job with Ava and Gideon characters throughout series. Jeremy did a great job as well, but it was difficult to get used to his narration as Gideon when a listener has accustomed themselves to Jill's version. Jeremy is a fantastic narrator, don't get me wrong - it just changed Gideon in an unexpected way.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Captivated by You?

    What a waste, So much intrigue and possibilities wasted. I would edit all but one chapter, condensing sentences from the very little new & interesting info given in this book. Im actually pissed that I waited so long for such a let down of a book to come out. I won't be waiting for the next, not worth it. Too many other author's like Kresley Cole, Karen marie Moning etc with books that actually MOVE a story forward.


    Any additional comments?

    Im getting a refund. I don't know if this is the authors fault or the editor trying to stretch out a story not meant for more than One book or Two. Think of all the interesting directions this book could've taken! Oh well, moving on.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Influx

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Daniel Suarez
    • Narrated By Jeff Gurner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2908)
    Performance
    (2673)
    Story
    (2680)

    Particle physicist Jon Grady is ecstatic when his team achieves what they've been working toward for years: A device that can reflect gravity. Their research will revolutionize the field of physics - the crowning achievement of a career. Grady expects widespread acclaim for his entire team. The Nobel Prize. Instead, his lab is locked down by a shadowy organization whose mission is to prevent at all costs the social upheaval sudden technological advances bring.

    Craig says: "Solid to Silly to Inane"
    "Non-stop action thriller of HI-Tech proportions!"
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    Where does Influx rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of the best techno-action books ever! I hesitant to say "sci fi-fantasy" because it's so easily to believe in the frightening world of Influx.


    What other book might you compare Influx to and why?

    I compare it to my favorite "tech-sci fi -fantasy-thriller" novels of all time... Dan Simmons "Illium" and follow up "Olympos". The Simmons novels are still my favorite, but Influx is a firm #2! The worlds all three novels create are so intense technologically speaking, they can easily become the future of humanity. You don't have to be a tech geek to enjoy them, I am certainly not! It's difficult to explain how awesome & utterly immersed I became - the unexpected and well defined mechanisms along with well researched and imaginative writing genius......wow. Just wow!


    Have you listened to any of Jeff Gurner’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I'm not sure... That's not a negative. His voice was perfectly neutral in the right places, while his characterization of players was on point. It's difficult for men to impersonate a woman's voice at times, gets a little sappy- but that is true for all I've heard. He was perfect for Influx, no complaints.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, Yes & double yes! I listened to a 3rd one day, took break & slept. Woke up dying to put headphones on! I listened every spare minute and took me (3) days for entire book-I couldn't WAIT to know what happened next! Sad it's over :(


    Any additional comments?

    At some point near the end of the first 3rd of the book I took a break. It was past bedtime & I needed to let some of the techno descriptions sink in & I admit the tech descriptions started to overwhelm me (I thought) but I was wrong, it wasn't over descriptive & you'll understand once you listen. Influx is an awesome listen, I would recommend with no reservations! Advice to the "tech less" like me; hang in there...it's worth the few minutes of thinking.."what in the hell is that?".

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Reaver: Demonica Series

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Larissa Ione
    • Narrated By Helen Wick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (188)
    Performance
    (172)
    Story
    (171)

    Reaver is an angel with a past, a record, and a less-than-heavenly attitude. Powerful enough to fight alongside the fiercest battle angels - and crazy enough to risk his wings on a one-way mission to hell - he's agreed to go where no angel has ever gone before…to steal the most seductive and dangerous prize of Satan himself….

    Nathalie says: "Great Story but Awful Narrater"
    "Book is GOOD but lil predictable, narration so-so"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Reaver to be better than the print version?

    Haven't read Demonica books- all have been on audio


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Reaver?

    (*****SPOILER ALERT******) love when Reaver loses his wings only to have……..


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    The narrator's actual voice is nice, that wasn't the problem. She wasn't TERRIBLE but more like SO-SO. Her voice (in my opinion) lends itself more to a teenage or YA dystopian novel. She just sounded like a non-plussed fourteen year old in many of the more intense scenes. Example, there were way to many places in her narration where she either;

    a)Sounded like a 15 yr girl answering her mother (while texting 12 others) in otherwards, as though speaking but not thinking
    b)She often spoke way too fast during paragraphs requiring a little more emotional investment
    c)Her tone was often "off" for what she was describing, kinda felt like she (narrator) did not know the characters or had read any of the books

    Again; this is NOT a terrible narrator, the tone in her voice is quite lovely. Perhaps she needs to know her material or characters better, or invest in some audio-acting classes


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Not really.


    Any additional comments?

    Wish you could get Phil Gigante to do this series…..he woulda ROCKED Reaver!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • An Echo in the Bone: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (45 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6072)
    Performance
    (4216)
    Story
    (4224)

    Jamie Fraser knows from his time-traveling wife Claire that, no matter how unlikely it seems, America will win the Revolutionary War. But that truth offers little solace, since Jamie realizes he might find himself pointing a weapon directly at his own son - a young officer in the British army. And Jamie isn't the only one with a tormented soul - for Claire may know who wins the conflict, but she certainly doesn't know whether or not her beloved Jamie survives.

    Charles says: "Read all of Gabaldon's stuff before this one"
    "Good AND Bad News about this Series…."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, with one stipulation. They would have to start with Book One to gain the full experience, otherwise I would consider it blasphemous to my beloved characters!


    What did you like best about this story?

    The pace at which events unfold and intersect in the lives of the characters we've all come to love and the new twists that abound!


    Have you listened to any of Davina Porter’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes, the first experience was Book One. I will be honest in saying my immediate reaction then (Book One-Outlander) was a disappointed lukewarm but steadily grew to a cozy warmth. By the halfway point of Book 1/Outlander, Davina's voice had me transported to a world with the smells of peat & heather in the air and a Highland breeze on my face! No matter where I was when listening-my mind was wrapped in the addictive world of Jaimie and Claire!All the Outlander books are by Davina, and it would be devastating if she was NOT the narrator. The skillful voice of Davina Porter IS;Jaimie, Claire and Ian, Lord John, Willie, Bre & Rodger. Hell, she even does a damn good Rolo (dog)!


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    "Love knows not what time it is"


    Any additional comments?

    The Good; This novel was the best so far in the entire series!
    The Bad: waiting for summer 2014 is going to be quite long and lonely without my clan, as the next book won't be released until then. Oh. "Jesus-H-Roosevelt-Christ!" How am I going to make it until then?!?!?!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Halfway to the Grave: Night Huntress, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Jeaniene Frost
    • Narrated By Tavia Gilbert
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5584)
    Performance
    (3894)
    Story
    (3916)

    Half-vampire Catherine Crawfield is going after the undead with a vengeance, hoping that one of these deadbeats is her father—the one responsible for ruining her mother's life. Then she's captured by Bones, a vampire bounty hunter, and is forced into an unlikely partnership. In exchange for help finding her father, Cat agrees to train with the sexy night stalker until her battle reflexes are as sharp as his fangs. She's amazed she doesn't end up as his dinner…are there actually good vampires?

    Stephenie says: "Great series. Worth every credit."
    "Mary Poppins(on crack) called, wants voice back!"
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    Any additional comments?

    I nearly gave up & returned this audio after Chapter 3. Listening to the narrator's depiction of Bones (main male character) is like nails on a chalkboard..no kidding. I was so frustrated because the storyline is good and at some point I just gritted my teeth and gutted out the audio listening (a tribute to the author). With that being said, the majority of the narration was really good (with this exception) which begs the question of why such a poor job with the main, male hunk?!?!?! UGH! The narrator made him sound like Mary Poppins after a 3-day crack bender, or if Poppins were rewritten as an 85 year old nag! (Bones) is very clearly a rough around the edges, bad-ass vampire, masculine, but humorous with loads of confidence who goes after what he wants. The accent is good but the tone, pitch and inflection are way WAY off making it difficult to resolve & some of you may not be able to take it.

    However this book is well-written, witty, sexy and interesting and would have received an overall of 4-5 in my review efforts, if only (Bones) character was decent. If you can soldier past it like I did, you will enjoy an awesome addition to the audio library in this Paranormal/Romance collection. Frost knows how to build the suspense, anticipation, attraction & action and doesn't overdo it like a lot of others.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Poison Princess: Arcana Chronicles, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Kresley Cole
    • Narrated By Emma Galvin, Keith Nobbs
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (751)
    Performance
    (701)
    Story
    (706)

    She could save the world - or destroy it. Sixteen-year-old Evangeline 'Evie' Greene leads a charmed life, until she begins experiencing horrifying hallucinations. When an apocalyptic event decimates her Louisiana hometown, Evie realizes her hallucinations were actually visions of the future - and they're still happening. Fighting for her life and desperate for answers, she must turn to her wrong-side-of-the-bayou classmate: Jack Deveaux. But she can't do either alone.

    Katheryne says: "I have a crush on YA books"
    "Downside? Waiting for the next book!"
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    Any additional comments?

    Big fan of previous Cole books, however I was tentative to spend the bucks on a YA novel. Love the sizzle & steaminess of the Immortal Series, totally erotic. It worried me the author's departure into the Young Adult rating would kill the magic so to speak. However, the attraction & anticipation of the characters is well-placed and relatable. Poison Princess kick starts pretty quickly, and constantly has interesting new developments. Thanks to the 'Cajun', 'bad boy' hunk Jackson... this dystopian world is one any gal would gladly inhabit. Eve is young, beautiful, frustrating, naive' and faceted with a depth that other YA novels lacked. The narration was good but in the beginning chapters I was disappointed and didn't like the way Jackson's voice was portrayed by the narrator. However, it grew on me but that is probably a bigger credit to the author!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Wicked Ties: Wicked Lovers Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Shayla Black
    • Narrated By Lexi Maynard
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (955)
    Performance
    (861)
    Story
    (864)

    When a stalker ratchets up his attempts to get to her, cable sex-talk-show host Morgan O'Malley turns to Jack Cole - a self-proclaimed dominant - for help. Though Jack is a bodyguard, Morgan feels anything but safe in his presence. Because slowly and seductively, Jack is bringing her deepest fantasies to the surface. And when he bends her to his will, what's more shocking than her surrender is how much she enjoys it and how she starts to crave his masterful touch.

    laurie eller says: "worth the credit!"
    "Narration HORRiblE!"
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    Would you try another book from Shayla Black and/or Lexi Maynard?

    UGH. This narration was SO BAD it was distracting. At first I found myself mentally wandering off and then ripping my headphones off. When the narrator mutilated the male voice(s), which I expected to be tolerable if not likable, I developed an eye tick and the urge to stab pencils in my ears. Hoping for a seductive voice? Not with this narrator. Imagine an old & pissy Louisiana alley cat holding its breath while choking on a fur ball. Now imagine that sound as the voice of the main male character. Not sexy or good. Essentially, the narration is awful. I cant even tell you if the story is interesting after listening too half of the book (and that was only because I paid for it and FORCED myself to listen to at least half).
    In fairness to the Author, who I am not familiar with, I will READ the book and put out another review and this might prove to be a whole different story, lol. I came across this book while seeking something that would "tied" (haha) me over after the awesome (and favorite) Crossfire Series (by Sylvia Day) and my ultimate fav audio Series obsessions; The Fae Series and Highlander Series (by Karen Marie Moning) & Immortals After Dark Series (by Kresley Cole).


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Eve Silver "Sins of the Soul"


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    YES


    What character would you cut from Wicked Ties?

    ?


    Any additional comments?

    Will read the book - this narration was awful and I can't give a fair review on the story because of it.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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