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Nikia

Columbus, OH, United States | Member Since 2013

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  • 13 reviews
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  • Fire and Ice

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Anne Stuart
    • Narrated By Xe Sands
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (161)
    Performance
    (116)
    Story
    (118)

    In the wake of a failed love affair, brainy beauty Jilly Lovitz takes off for Tokyo. She's expecting to cry on her sister Summer's shoulder, then spend a couple months blowing off steam in Japan. Instead, she's snatched away on the back of a motorcycle, narrowly avoiding a grisly execution attempt meant for her sister and brother-in-law. Her rescuer is Reno, the Committee's most unpredictable agent. They'd met once before and the attraction was odd - tattooed Yakuza punk meets leggy California egghead - but electric.

    Shannon Souza says: "loved it"
    "It was Fire and Ice..."
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    The Fire - The book offered a lot of action! It was almost non-stop. It made for a good read on my commute. The storyline was the standard "I refuse to love you but I can't figure out how to stop it from happening" but there was enough action around the inevitable love story to keep you interested.

    The Ice - The narrator was both good and marginal. The Japanese was great. It think this part of the narration added to the story. However, the narration was sometimes painful belabored (and that really does not describe it well). I wanted to have a crush on Reno but I couldn't because he oftentimes sounded so foolish in the narration. Even in that, I do not think another narrator would have added as much to the book.

    Overall, I enjoyed this book. I have listened to it twice already. It was fast-paced and I felt myself cheering for the main characters both in battle and in love. I even enjoyed hearing some of the elements of Japanese culture coming through in the storyline. Good read!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • STRIPPED

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By H.M. Ward
    • Narrated By Erin Mallon, Sebastian Fields
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (97)
    Performance
    (92)
    Story
    (93)

    There are some relationships that destroy your faith in people. They make you jaded and hard, irrevocably changing you forever. I wish I could say that I hate her, I wish I could walk away and never look back, but I can't. The woman who stole my heart and crushed it in her hand disappeared from my life 3 years ago. So when I see her at a bachelor party, half naked, rolling around on the floor with another stripper, I'm shocked. I have to know what cracked Cassie Hale's picture perfect world that landed her in this hellhole, and I hope that I'm not so bitter that I can't help her escape.

    Jordy says: "sexy man whore + beautiful virgin= LOVE"
    "Don't mind a cliffhanger but..."
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    As stated in the headline, I do not mind a cliffhanger at all. I do not mind buying books that come in a series but this series I will not continue. When I read/listen to a book in a series, something about the characters or the storyline has to intrigue me enough to make me purchase the next in the series. I can honestly say with this book - I do not know any more than I knew after I read the brief synopsis prior to purchasing the book. What a waste. I love detail in a book but I also love a story in a book. I wish I had not purchased this.


    Would you ever listen to anything by H.M. Ward again?

    No and I will make a note so that I do not forget to avoid this author.


    What didn’t you like about Erin Mallon and Sebastian Fields ’s performance?

    The performance was fair. I wish Sebastian had done all of the reading. His voice was appropriate as both sexes. Why they would have a male and female narrator and not have the male do all of the male readings (and vice versa) I'm not sure I understand.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Suspect

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Robert Crais
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3650)
    Performance
    (3259)
    Story
    (3258)

    LAPD cop Scott James is not doing so well, not since a shocking nighttime assault by unidentified men killed his partner, Stephanie, nearly killed him, and left him enraged, ashamed, and ready to explode. He is unfit for duty - until he meets his new partner. Maggie is not doing so well, either. The German shepherd survived three tours in Iraq and Afghanistan sniffing explosives before she lost her handler to an IED and sniper attack, and her PTSD is as bad as Scott’s. They are each other’s last chance.

    Jacqueline says: "Gripping Page Turner!!"
    "Will read this one again!"
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    Where does Suspect rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is one of the best audiobooks I have read.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story was great but I think what made the story both captivating and different from the rest was the perspective of the other main character - Maggie. I loved reading her chapters! It gave the mystery this endearing quality that is usually played out differently in books. Read it - You will understand!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Catch Me: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Lisa Gardner
    • Narrated By Kirsten Potter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2080)
    Performance
    (1723)
    Story
    (1729)

    Charlene Rosalind Carter Grant believes that she will be murdered in four days. And she wants Boston’s top detective to handle her death investigation. It will be up close and personal. No evidence of forced entry, no sign of struggle. Charlie tells a chilling story: Each year at 8:00 p.m. on January 21, a woman has died. The victims have been childhood best friends from a small town in New Hampshire; the motive remains unknown. Now only one friend, Charlie, remains to count down her final hours.

    Vanessa says: "OK but not her best by a long shot"
    "Great read!!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Catch Me the most enjoyable?

    This book was intense - I cannot think of a better word. The characters were developed and the storyline realistic (a little too realistic). I did not want to keep reading (intensity at times) but I definitely did not want to put it down!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Scandals

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Sasha Campbell
    • Narrated By Karen Pittman, Krystal King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (85)
    Performance
    (73)
    Story
    (75)

    In Scandals, Monica Houston is a newly divorced mom who makes ends meet as an exotic dancer at Scandalous, the hottest club around. But if the ex finds out, she runs the risk of losing her kids. Meanwhile, sexy dancer Robin Wright thinks she might be in over her head when her sister is sent to jail and her nephew is thrust into her care. Unprepared for this new role, Robin finds herself falling for the kid’s “big brother”, even as she tries to prove her sister’s innocence.

    r.salters says: "Excellent"
    "It was ok..."
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I commute to work daily so really any book is time well spent. This one kept me woke on the road but it was not all that exciting.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    I think what made it most interesting (and maybe most predictable) was waiting on the characters to get themselves out of the most obviously inappropriate choices.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Karen Pittman and Krystal King ’s performances?

    I might try another if it were a daily special.


    Could you see Scandals being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    It could definitely be a movie - one of those mindless movies you watch on a lazy Saturday.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Cuckoo's Calling

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Robert Galbraith
    • Narrated By Robert Glenister
    Overall
    (4809)
    Performance
    (4379)
    Story
    (4389)

    After losing his leg to a land mine in Afghanistan, Cormoran Strike is barely scraping by as a private investigator. Then John Bristow walks through his door with an amazing story: his sister, the legendary supermodel Lula Landry, famously fell to her death a few months earlier. The police ruled it a suicide, but John refuses to believe that. The case plunges Strike into the world of multimillionaire beauties, rock-star boyfriends, and desperate designers, and it introduces him to every variety of pleasure, enticement, seduction, and delusion known to man.

    Tracey says: "Unbelievable debut mystery set in London"
    "Enjoy it so I listened twice!"
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    What did you love best about The Cuckoo's Calling?

    The story was great! The characters were easy to relate to and the story was plausible.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    I would not say the plot kept me on the edge of my seat because it was more of a light-hearted mystery with other stories within the story. Each character had a story and they were developed enough to give a well-rounded, enjoyable mystery.


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

    I have not listened to Glenister before (that I am aware of) but I will again.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Thérèse Raquin

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs)
    • By Emile Zola
    • Narrated By Kate Winslet
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (761)
    Performance
    (693)
    Story
    (685)

    Once upon a time, a teenaged Kate Winslet (The Reader, Titanic, Revolutionary Road) received a gift that would leave a lasting impression: a copy of Emile Zola’s classic Thérèse Raquin. Six Academy Award nominations and one Best Actress award later, she steps behind the microphone to perform this haunting classic of passion and disaster.

    Jean says: "worth a listen"
    "A little dark for my taste..."
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    The story was not necessarily a bad one; it was just a little dark. Nevertheless, the story is a classic and I'm glad I listened. Kate Winslet did a great job as narrator. There was not a lot of dialogue in the story but she still did a good job conveying the emotion of the characters. Worth the purchase.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Reflected in You: A Crossfire Novel, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Sylvia Day
    • Narrated By Jill Redfield
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2670)
    Performance
    (2438)
    Story
    (2449)

    Gideon Cross: As beautiful and flawless on the outside as he was damaged and tormented on the inside. He was a bright, scorching flame that singed me with the darkest of pleasures. I couldn’t stay away. I didn’t want to. He was my addiction…my every desire…mine. My past was as violent as his, and I was just as broken. We’d never work. It was too hard, too painful…except when it was perfect. Those moments when the driving hunger and desperate love were the most exquisite insanity. We were bound by our need. And our passion would take us beyond our limits to the sweetest, sharpest edge of obsession.…

    Rebecca says: "Fifty Shades Minus Twilight."
    "Ugh..."
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    Would you try another book from Sylvia Day and/or Jill Redfield?

    I will absolutely listen to the narrator. I will likely buy another Day book but not from the Crossfire series. This was painful listening/reading. I cheered for the couple in book 1. In this book, I just wanted them to cut their loses and move on! Move on! No real relationship can stand that amount of dysfunction and nothing is ever solved by sex and then more sex and then more sex. Does that make the book bad? I had to think about this for a minute... Yes. If the characters are unrealistic and nothing about them touches you at all, it makes the book bad.


    What was most disappointing about Sylvia Day’s story?

    Day tried to make the sex scenes carry the entire story. A little believable story with the sex would have been nice.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The scenes in North Carolina were blissful.


    Was Reflected in You worth the listening time?

    No it was not.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Woods

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Harlan Coben
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1419)
    Performance
    (651)
    Story
    (652)

    Twenty years ago, four teenagers at summer camp walked into the woods at night. Two were found murdered, and the others were never seen again. Four families had their lives changed forever. Now, two decades later, they are about to change again.

    Ted says: "WHOA! This was totally good!"
    "Good story!"
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    The Woods was a good listen! I would love it if it were read by a different narrator. Brick sort of reminds me of the cheesy sitcom detective from New York or somewhere. It can be hard to listen to it. The story line redeems it and the story travels well.

    The ending, although somewhat incomplete, was satisfying. I like that I can decide how I wanted the story to end. That may irritate others but I think the typical ending would have somehow ruined the story for me.

    I will definitely listen to this author again... and cringe through it if the narration is always from Brick.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Six Years

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Harlan Coben
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2368)
    Performance
    (2039)
    Story
    (2052)

    Six years have passed since Jake Fisher watched Natalie, the love of his life, marry another man. Six years of hiding a broken heart by throwing himself into his career as a college professor. Six years of keeping his promise to leave Natalie alone, and six years of tortured dreams of her life with her new husband, Todd. But six years haven’t come close to extinguishing his feelings, and when Jake comes across Todd’s obituary, he can’t keep himself away from the funeral. There he gets the glimpse of Todd’s wife he’s hoping for...but she is not Natalie....

    Louise says: "Over the Top - and not in a good way"
    "Somewhere in the middle..."
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I'm not sure. If I were honest, I would admit that I have a love/hate relationship with mysteries. I love to read them but I always hate waiting until the end to finally know how the pieces fit. I felt the same about Six Years but my wish for the end was not anticipation - it was mild annoyance.

    Like everyone else in the story, I wanted Jake to just let it go. If you remove all of the encouragements for Jake to let it go or leave it alone and all of the reminders to Jake that he wouldn't get it or didn't/wouldn't understand I'm not sure you would have a lot of dialogue left in the story. It all seems to gel in the end but it took a very long time to get there.

    So, yes I might recommend this book to a friend but I would also recommend a double shot of patience as the author slowly and over-dialogues his way to the conclusion.

    Now the performance.... The performance was interesting in a over-the-top dramatic sort of way. I wonder how much the emotion/meaning in the storyline changed because of the dramatics of the narrator.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Scott Brick’s performances?

    Everyone deserves a second chance. I can not say I will avoid him but I will not go searching for stories he's narrated.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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