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Cyndi

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  • The Hollow: Sign of Seven, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Marie Caliendo
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (600)
    Performance
    (325)
    Story
    (323)

    For Fox, Caleb, Gage and the other residents of Hawkins Hollow, the number seven portends doom - ever since, as boys, they freed a demon trapped for centuries when their blood spilled upon The Pagan Stone.

    a.hall says: "The Hollow"
    "WHY is she only reading this book?"
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    Any additional comments?

    Marie Caliendo should have read the entire series. It is so much more enjoyable when all three books in a trilogy are read by the same person, even if the book is from a different characters perspective or focus. Her voices were so much more believable and easy to listen to. I wish Brilliance would consider having the other two reworked. I am one who listens to my books, especially the Nora Roberts trilogies, over and over, but it will be hard for me to do that with these.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Law Man: A Dream Man Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Kristen Ashley
    • Narrated By Kate Russell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (733)
    Performance
    (690)
    Story
    (690)

    Sweet, shy Mara Hanover is in love with her neighbor. For four years, she has secretly watched her dream man from afar. Handsome police detective Mitch Lawson is way out of her league. She's a girl from the wrong side of the tracks, and there's no way a guy like Mitch would want anything to do with her. But when Mara has a leaky faucet that she can't fix, it's Mitch who comes to her rescue.

    Jordy says: "Law Man is another Kristen Ashley winner!"
    "I love Mitch's story!!"
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    How could the performance have been better?

    I have listened to this entire series and am completely baffled as to why the voices...set in Denver...are normal in this first book and somehow in the following books everyone ends up sounding like they are in New York. Especially when the DREAMY man sounded normal and completely sexy in book one and now sounds like he's from Brooklyn...but only sometimes. It's very distracting when you listen to books all the time and especially when you like the book so much and WANT to like the narration.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wild Man

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Kristen Ashley
    • Narrated By Kate Russell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (711)
    Performance
    (668)
    Story
    (666)

    While filling the display case in her bakery, the bell over the door sounds and Tessa O'Hara looks up to see the man of her dreams. Within thirty seconds he asks her out for a beer. But after four months of dating, she discovers he's an undercover DEA agent-and he's investigating her possible role in her ex-husband's drug business. For Tess, this means their relationship is over.

    Katheryne says: "The Dream Man Series is Irresistible"
    "I love the story..."
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    What did you love best about Wild Man?

    I love the story and the characters...especially the way it's building into a circle of friends...


    What didn’t you like about Kate Russell’s performance?

    I have listened to this entire series and am completely baffled as to why the voices...set in Denver...are normal in the first book and somehow in the following books everyone ends up sounding like they are in New York. Especially when you've heard the character in the previous book and now he suddenly sounds like he is from Brooklyn or something. It's very distracting when you listen to books all the time and especially when you like the books so much and WANT to like the narration.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mystery Man

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Kristen Ashley
    • Narrated By Kate Russell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1045)
    Performance
    (993)
    Story
    (996)

    Gwendolyn Kidd has met the man of her dreams. He's hot, he's sexy, and what started as a no-names-exchanged night of passion has blossomed into a year and a half-long pleasure fest. Sure, it's a little strange that he only appears in her bed at night, but Gwen is so sure he's the one, she just can't turn him away…. Hawk Delgado knows more about Gwen than she could ever imagine. She's gorgeous, headstrong, and skittish about relationships. But Hawk is facing his own demons, demons that keep him from connecting with anyone.

    Angela says: "Fan-freakin-tastic!!!!!"
    "LOVE THIS SERIES!"
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    Would you listen to Mystery Man again? Why?

    I have listened to it several times. Love the story...Hawk is soooo sexy.


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

    I have listened to this entire series and am completely baffled as to why the voices...set in Denver...are normal in this first book and somehow in the following books everyone ends up sounding like they are in New York. It's very distracting when you listen to books all the time and especially when you like the book so much and WANT to like the narration.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Surrender to Me: Wicked Lovers, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Shayla Black
    • Narrated By Lexi Maynard
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (384)
    Performance
    (352)
    Story
    (353)

    A Navy SEAL accepts a hot proposition: share a buddy's girlfriend and fulfill her dream of a ménage. But after meeting Kata he needs more than one night. And he wants her all to himself-a guilty secret that becomes a dangerous fantasy.

    Erin says: "Well, you can't love EVERYTHING an author writes"
    "I liked the book..."
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    What made the experience of listening to Surrender to Me the most enjoyable?

    Hunter...so sexy!! I wanted to smack Kata, til the last chapter. Overall, it's my least favorite...but still worth the credit if you're invested in the rest of the series.


    What about Lexi Maynard’s performance did you like?

    Lexi has done a great job on all of them.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mine to Hold: Wicked Lovers, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Shayla Black
    • Narrated By Lexi Maynard
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (233)
    Performance
    (215)
    Story
    (218)

    Tyler Murphy was an LAPD detective, single and happy - until a near-fatal tragedy crippled his friend, fellow detective Eric Catalano. While Tyler supported Eric, he also became a shoulder for Eric's wife, Delaney, to lean on. But with one naughty suggestion from Eric, a drunken night with Delaney spilled into erotic abandon. Before it was over, Tyler saw his best friend's wife as a woman and yearned for more. When Eric struggled to deal with the aftermath, Delaney begged Tyler to leave.

    Erin says: "Finally, Tyler!"
    "FINALLY! Tyler's story!"
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    What did you love best about Mine to Hold?

    I knew we'd eventually get to Tyler's story. He so deserved a happily ever after. His devotion to Alyssa makes so much sense now!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Mine to Hold?

    When Tyler sees his son for the first time and instantly knows...and loves...his child. So unexpected and awesome for him.


    What about Lexi Maynard’s performance did you like?

    I appreciate her ability to read the sex scenes and dirty talk without letting the narration part get breathy and high pitched like she's the one having sex. Some narrators just go overboard and make it hard to listen to at all. Lexi does a good job at keeping it real without sounding like porn, or being too clinical.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When Tyler puts his son to sleep via Skype by singing to him. So sweet.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ours to Love: Wicked Lovers, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Shayla Black
    • Narrated By Lexi Maynard
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (237)
    Performance
    (228)
    Story
    (229)

    Billionaires Xander and Javier Santiago head to Louisiana seeking a new start, where they both fall for the beautiful and tragic London McLane. London is stunned to find herself open to every heated suggestion...and desperately hopes that her love will heal them. But a killer is watching, on a single-minded mission to destroy everything the Santiago brothers hold dear, especially London. As fear and desire collide, every passionate beat of her heart could be her last.

    Rene says: "Another hot read"
    "One of my favorites!"
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    What did you like best about this story?

    Who wouldn't want this fantasy??? Holy cow. The Santiago brothers are a very nice diversion.


    Which character – as performed by Lexi Maynard – was your favorite?

    The brothers are very sexy...Lexi does a great job with all the voices on this series. In some series [one I can think of right now is the Dream Man series narrated by Kate Russell] the voices change from book to book within a series with recurring characters. That drives me nuts. Lexi keeps most of the voices spot on from book to book.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Theirs to Cherish: Wicked Lovers Series, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Shayla Black
    • Narrated By Veronica Meunch
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (194)
    Performance
    (179)
    Story
    (179)

    Accused of a horrific murder she didn't commit, former heiress Callie Ward has been a fugitive since she was 16 - until she found the perfect hideout, Club Dominion. The only problem is that she's fallen for the club's master, Mitchell Thorpe, who keeps her at arm's length. Little does she know that his reasons for not getting involved have everything to do with his wounded heart...and his consuming desire for her. Enter Sean Kirkpatrick, a Dom who's recently come to Dominion and taken a pointed interest in Callie.

    Eran says: "MITCH!!! You are making me crazy!!!"
    "WHY change narrators on book 8 of a 5 star series?"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I would use the same narrator as the previous books...when you've established a ton of recurring characters and they all sound different in book 8?? WTH? And why use someone who sounds 14 with a stuffy nose??


    What did you like best about this story?

    I like the whole series, but this may not be one I keep.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Veronica Meunch?

    Lexi Maynard, as in the other books.


    What would have made this romance irresistible?

    This series is awesome, but this narrator change has really turned me off.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Slow Seduction: Struck by Lightning Series, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Cecilia Tan
    • Narrated By Lucy Rivers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (30)
    Performance
    (27)
    Story
    (27)

    Two months have passed since Karina's painful departure from James, the mysterious lover who awakened her darkest desires, and she'll do anything-anything-to locate him and win him back. Her search takes her to London, where she finds herself immersed in the world of fine art and forbidden pleasures. And soon, Karina meets another enigmatic man who promises to help her find James...for a price.

    Jordy says: "This book was not what I was expecting...."
    "Not "into" BDSM myself, but..."
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    Any additional comments?

    Sent to Tantor via their website contact page today:
    "It's really crummy to only take 2 books of a trilogy. Those of us who LOVED the first two and WANT the same narration, etc, are really disappointed to race to buy the third book on audio, only to find IT'S NOT THERE. Then to research and find there's NO PLANS FOR IT. Case in point - Struck by Lightning series by Cecilia Tan. Doesn't make me happy. So, I AM a customer. I am NOT a happy one at the moment. Can you explain? Or better yet, let me know when the third book in the series, hopefully with the same narrator, will be out?"

    That said, I am willing to SIT and read if I have to, and of course the kindle version is always way cheaper, but I REALLY loved the audiobook. I wasn't sure about the narration at first, but it was actually very good. I'm not "into" BDSM, but lots of erotica goes there, so for me it's about the story and the relationship. I loved James and aside from all the secrecy, I'd totally be his sub!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Host: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Stephenie Meyer
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5354)
    Performance
    (2938)
    Story
    (2980)

    Earth has been invaded by a species that takes over the minds of human hosts while leaving their bodies intact. But Melanie Stryder refuses to fade away.

    Keith says: "Great story in a genre only touched upon before"
    "SO much better than the movie!"
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    Would you listen to The Host again? Why?

    I have listened to it many times. It's well done and a fun listen.


    Any additional comments?

    Such big expectations for the movie, but omg so bad. So sad. But glad I have the book and the Audible performance. They are great.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Pagan Stone: Sign of Seven, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Dan John Miller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (606)
    Performance
    (322)
    Story
    (325)

    Years ago, after their blood brother ritual, Gage, Fox, and Caleb emerged from the woods, each with a piece of bloodstone. Now, it will become their weapon in the final fight against the demon they awakened. Winner take all...Shared nightmares, visions of blood and fire, and random violence begin to plague the longtime friends and Quinn, Layla, and Cybil, the women bound to them by fate. None of them can ignore the fact that, this year, the demon has grown stronger.

    Kristina says: "Rating"
    "WHY???"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Pagan Stone to be better than the print version?

    No.


    What didn’t you like about Dan John Miller’s performance?

    Not as bad as the first book in this trilogy, but not great.


    Any additional comments?

    Why didn't they have the second books narrator do all three? She was so much better than the other two and the third is not nearly as bad as the first, but still It RUINS a book when the voices are just wrong. If a guy can't do a woman's voice without it sounding like a comedy routine, just don't.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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