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  • Edge of Dawn: A Midnight Breed Novel, Book 11

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Lara Adrian
    • Narrated By Hillary Huber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (372)
    Performance
    (336)
    Story
    (339)

    Twenty years after the terror of First Dawn - when mankind learned that vampires lived secretly among them - the threat of violence reigns as the two species struggle to coexist. The only group preserving the fragile harmony is the Order, an elite cadre of Breed warriors dedicated to protecting humans and vampires alike. And in this precarious world of torn loyalties and shattered trust, Mira, a fiery squad captain, finds that every fight bears an intensely personal cost. Raised among the Order, Mira has always believed in the warrior’s code of swift - and even lethal - justice.

    CAROLYN says: "MIDNIGHT BREEDS THE NEXT GENERATION - WOW x 3"
    "Little disappointed in female character/narrarator"
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    What did you like best about Edge of Dawn? What did you like least?

    Hillary Huber does a good job on the male voices but her female voices come off as whiney to me. Mira's voice was grating on my nerves when she was a child in previous audio books and her voice as an adult doesn't differ from a child. She's suppose to be a bad*** warrior - but she whines. I felt like some of the narraration was sing-songy and it seemed kind of patterned. Hard to explain but I love this series and I had to push myself through some parts of this one.

    I like the introduction of the new warriors and the direction the new series is going in. I was just disappointed in Kellan and Mira's story - I'd been looking forward to it. I also felt that
    Kellan's story line of becoming a rebel leader and the reasons behind it to be weak and could've used more umph. Something was just lacking to me. There needs to be more meat behind Kellan's story. What the heck was he doing for the past 8 years and why didn't he just go to Lucan to begin with?! Doesn't make sense and I had trouble letting go of that question throughout the entire book. I would've like to have seen Mira be more of a warrior and Kellan to use better sense.


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

    I'm interested enough in the series to check out the next one because I still have hopes that it will get better. I will probably read the book though instead of the audio because my issues with the audio kind of ruin it for me.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Hillary Huber’s performances?

    not sure. I think I'm tapped out. The cadance of her narraration seems to be predictable. She does a decent job expressing the male voices but the women really come off as weak.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    doubt it.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Styxx: Dark-Hunter, Book 22

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Sherrilyn Kenyon
    • Narrated By Fred Berman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (627)
    Performance
    (601)
    Story
    (604)

    Centuries ago Acheron saved the human race by imprisoning an ancient evil bent on absolute destruction. Now that evil has been unleashed and it is out for revenge. As the twin to Acheron, Styxx hasn’t always been on his brother's side. They've spent more centuries going at each other's throats than protecting their backs. Now Styxx has a chance to prove his loyalty to his brother, but only if he's willing to trade his life and future for Acheron's.

    C. Mendez says: "Stick with it..."
    "Enjoyed it but started to get a little annoyed...."
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    With Styxx at a point. It just wanted to get him to stop brooding and actually lash out at Archeron and others. Nonetheless, it was a good story, kind of tarnished Archeron's squeaky good guy image a little which was surprising and added more depth to the story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Complete Me (The Stark Trilogy)

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By J. Kenner
    • Narrated By Sofia Willingham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (612)
    Performance
    (565)
    Story
    (577)

    For fans of Fifty Shades of Grey and Bared to You comes the third novel in the erotic, fast-paced trilogy including Release Me and Claim Me. This sexy, emotionally charged romance continues the story of Damien Stark, the powerful multimillionaire who's never had to take "no" for an answer, and Nikki Fairchild, the Southern belle who only says "yes" on her own terms.

    Jordy says: "Complete Me the final book of the Stark Trilogy!"
    "Having a hard time finishing it...."
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    I feel like this should have been limited to one book. There isn't enough substance to take it as far as a trilogy. I'm really struggling to finish. I feel like there are sex scenes more than plot. It seems like the sex scenes are just stretching the story out longer and truthfully I'm not impressed with them. There is something to be said about minimizing the sex scenes to make them have more impact and meaning.

    The first book was ok but now I'm just bored and ready to be done. Truthfully, I'm not sure if I'm going to finish or just fast forward through the scenes and Nicki is getting on my last nerve.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Touch of Crimson: Renegade Angels Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Sylvia Day
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (545)
    Performance
    (501)
    Story
    (503)

    An angel with immense power and insatiable desire, Adrian Mitchell leads an elite Special Ops unit of the seraphim. His task is to punish the Fallen - angels who have become vampires - and command a restless pack of indentured lycans. But Adrian has suffered his own punishment for becoming involved with mortals - losing the woman he loves again and again. Now, after nearly 200 years, he has found her: Shadoe, her soul once more inhabiting a new body that doesn’t remember him. This time he won’t let her go.

    CAROLYN says: "A HEAVENLY PARANORMAL LISTEN"
    "unimpressed...kept waiting for it to draw me in..."
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    I have read Sylvia Day before. I'm unsure if it was the dialogue and lack of character development that was lacking or if it was the performance that didn't work for me. I felt like some of the character voices were amateur imitations of John Wayne, Jack Nicholson, etc. It became distracting. Once that started to click with me the dialogue was lost. Interestingly it was the male characters that bothered me the most. Usually with a male performer it is the female voices they have trouble with. In an effort to make all the male characters sound different, I think he fell back onto imitations. I wanted to like the characters but felt they were very underdeveloped. At some points I felt lost and uninterested. I did finish it but only after everything else in my library was already finished.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 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
    (1200)
    Performance
    (1097)
    Story
    (1096)

    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"
    "Love this book, I had to read it AND listen to it!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Iced the most enjoyable?

    I read this when it first came out and then waited patiently for the sequel, but I just couldn't wait anymore and needed to revisit it as an audio book and it did not disappoint. I love that they have two narrartors so you can better imagine the alpha males without the 'female' narrarators trying to do deep voices. That drives me crazy. Both performances were good.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Iced?

    Ryoden's quotes are awesome.


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

    Yes. and then some.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Night Reigns: Immortal Guardians Series #2

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Dianne Duvall
    • Narrated By Kirsten Potter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1162)
    Performance
    (1059)
    Story
    (1063)

    In the second installment of Dianne Duvall's Immortal Guardians series, when Marcus Grayden's grief over the loss of the woman he loved causes him to become reckless, he is assigned a new Second, who proves to be immensely distracting. Contains mature themes.

    Sandra says: "Good Book but a Little Preachy"
    "It was ok - didn't care for the 'reveal'"
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    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Didn 't mind the ending but there was a part that felt a little 'off' to me. Without giving anything away, I was all into it until a big 'reveal' which was a little off to me.


    What about Kirsten Potter’s performance did you like?

    I think she does a great job with the different voices and really makes me feel that there are different people playing those parts.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tamed by a Highlander: The Children of the Mist Series, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Paula Quinn
    • Narrated By Carrington MacDuffie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (281)
    Performance
    (232)
    Story
    (233)

    Mairi MacGregor hoped to never again lay eyes on Connor Grant. She was ten and one when he promised her he would one day build them a home in her beloved Highlands, spending their lives together. But she was 10 and seven and foolishly weeping when he rode out of the Highlands to join the English Royal Army. She wouldn’t be so foolish as to waste tears on him now. Devoted to her beloved Scotland, Mairi believes Connor is a turncoat and a liar, and there’s nothing she despises more than that.

    Amazon Customer says: "VT. FAN"
    "Liked the previous two better"
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    Would you listen to Tamed by a Highlander again? Why?

    eh. Not sure. About 1/3 of the way in, Mairi (the heroine) really started to grate on my nerves. I understand she is suppose to be a tough guy but she came across arrogant and ignorant at the same time. To quick to act before thinking. It got old after awhile. If I was Connor I would have throttled her.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Again, it was ok. A little too sugary, sappy but ok. Can't give too much away.


    What about Carrington MacDuffie’s performance did you like?

    A little monotonanous after awhile. Accents were ok.


    Any additional comments?

    Good series. I bought the next one in the series. I really enjoyed the first two - they weren't quite as predictable and a little more in depth.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • At Grave’s End: Night Huntress, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Jeaniene Frost
    • Narrated By Tavia Gilbert
    Overall
    (3368)
    Performance
    (2439)
    Story
    (2434)

    It should be the best time of half-vampire Cat Crawfield’s life. With her undead lover, Bones, at her side, she’s successfully protected mortals from the rogue undead. But though Cat’s worn disguise after disguise to keep her true identity a secret from the brazen bloodsuckers, her cover’s finally been blown, placing her in terrible danger.

    Anumet says: "Sucks you in. (Pun intended)"
    "Love this series - this one a favorite!"
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    What made the experience of listening to At Grave’s End the most enjoyable?

    I love the characters in this series - new ones are being introduced in each book so it keeps it fresh. The narrartor does a fantastic job keep the voices distinct and you can easily keep up with the dialogue. She really takes you into the story!


    Which character – as performed by Tavia Gilbert – was your favorite?

    Bones - hands down! Ms. Frost gave him great dialogue and Ms. Gilbert gives him a great voice. I forget it is a woman talking!


    Any additional comments?

    I have listened to this series multiple times and definitely got my money's worth. I like paranormal but this also give romance and comedy and suspense. A little bit of everything!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Slave to Sensation: Psy-Changeling Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Nalini Singh
    • Narrated By Angela Dawe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1521)
    Performance
    (1239)
    Story
    (1252)

    Nalini Singh dives into a world torn apart by a powerful race with phenomenal powers of the mind - and none of the heart. Born a Psy, Sascha Duncan must hide the emotions that mark her as flawed. But a passionate Changeling will tempt her to reveal everything - and risk her very soul.

    Diana says: "Better than I remember."
    "Didn't really care for this...archangel better"
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    What was most disappointing about Nalini Singh’s story?

    Didn't care for the characters, seemed lacking. The plot seemed weak. Saw the ending from a mile away...


    Any additional comments?

    I prefer the Archangel series she has and was let down by this one. Not continuing the series. Can't put my finger on it, just didn't care for the plot. I really wanted to like it because I enjoyed her other series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Destined for an Early Grave: Night Huntress, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Jeaniene Frost
    • Narrated By Tavia Gilbert
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3032)
    Performance
    (2188)
    Story
    (2194)

    Since half-vampire Cat Crawfield and her undead lover Bones met six years ago, they’ve fought against the rogue undead, battled a vengeful Master vampire, and pledged their devotion with a blood bond. Now it’s time for a vacation. But their hopes for a perfect Paris holiday are dashed when Cat awakes one night in terror. She’s having visions of a vampire named Gregor, who’s more powerful than Bones and has ties to her past that even Cat herself didn’t know about.

    Marla says: "Excellent!!"
    "can't get enough of this series!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Destined for an Early Grave to be better than the print version?

    with this narrarator, definitely. She brings each character to life. I don't think I would have had the same impression of Bones without her! I never say that about a narrarator.


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

    yes! Couldn't turn it off!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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