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marie-claire

Boyup Brook, Australia | Member Since 2011

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  • Dark Desires After Dusk: Immortals After Dark, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Kresley Cole
    • Narrated By Robert Petkoff
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1032)
    Performance
    (964)
    Story
    (963)

    RITA Award-winning author Kresley Cole continues her bestselling Immortals After Dark series with this electrifying tale of a ruthless demon mercenary and the lovely young halfling who enchants him. A seductive beauty he can never have, yet can't resist.... Cadeon Woede will stop at nothing to atone for the one wrong that will haunt him forever. But once he secures the key to his redemption, the halfling Holly Ashwin, Cade finds that the woman he thought he could use for his own ends and then forget haunts him as much as his past.

    Kimberly says: "Tied for Fave of Series: Audiobook Does JUSTICE!"
    "I will buy and listen to any Kresley/Petkoff mix!!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Dark Desires After Dusk to be better than the print version?

    Yes and No - Though I love paper back, and have every one of the IAD series in paper back, you CAN NOT beat Petkoffs preformances in the audios so far - and this latest reading just proves it!!! He is the ONLY one who should EVER be able to narrate the IAD series. He is very talented, he can turn his voice to any character (though of course being male he can't help but get the female voices a little wrong, but that just adds to the story now). With Kresleys wonderful story writing and Roberts great voices, these books are a MUST HAVE in any ones audio collection!!


    Which character – as performed by Robert Petkoff – was your favorite?

    In this book - Cadeon is my favourite. Robert makes him sound like Jason Statham with an african accent (and I just LOVE Jason!!).
    My favourite audio and paper back book in the IAD series is Lothaire - Robert does a great arrogant/bad guy/lovable hero voice.
    My favourite Robert voice in the IAD audio series so far in Roberts voice for Nix - He had a way of making her sound so ditsy yet very intelligent


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

    You couldn't make a film out of this book without incorporating all of the IAD series...


    Any additional comments?

    I was all but hyperventilating while downloading this audio book. I was SSSOOOOO excited. I fell in love with the audio book LOTHAIRE when I stumbled upon it one day and haven't been able to put the IAD books or my Ipod down since. You WILL NOT regret purchasing this audio!!!!
    Kresley has a wonderful style to her writing, humour, tenderness, seriousness, gore... Everything you could ask for in a paranormal series.
    Robert has a fantastic way of bringing out Kresleys characters personalities. He is able to keep the same voices for different characters consistant through out the series so far. He is an absolute delight to listen to.
    And with the Kresley/Robert mix I have cried, laughted and hung onto every word to the very end.
    I love these books and can't wait for the next ones, from either Kresley or Robert.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie: Highland Pleasures, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Jennifer Ashley
    • Narrated By Angela Dawe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1592)
    Performance
    (1446)
    Story
    (1447)

    It was whispered all through London society that he was a murderer, that he'd spent his youth in an asylum and was not to be trusted - especially with a lady. Any woman caught in his presence was immediately ruined. Yet Beth found herself inexorably drawn to the Scottish lord whose hint of a brogue wrapped around her like silk and whose touch could draw her into a world of ecstasy.

    Lupdilup says: "FANTASTIC BOOK, NICELLY PERFORMED."
    "Great Story! Great Narrator!"
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    Have read paranormal books of Jennifers, so when I saw this I had to give it a go. AND LOVED IT!! The author did a wonderful job on the story and the narrator did a fantastic job on the voices. Recommend this to every romance lover :)

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Dark Needs at Night's Edge: Immortals After Dark, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Kresley Cole
    • Narrated By Robert Petkoff
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1108)
    Performance
    (1027)
    Story
    (1036)

    Néomi Laress, a famous ballerina from a past century, became a phantom the night she was murdered. Imbued with otherworldly powers but invisible to the living, she haunts her beloved home, scaring away trespassers - until she encounters a ruthless immortal even more terrifying than Néomi herself.

    Tonya says: "Spooky, steamy ghost story"
    "Absolutely Fabulous!!!!!!! What a voice!!!"
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    Any additional comments?

    As long as Kresley keeps writing them, and Robert keeps reading them, I'll keep buying them!!! Love Love Love!!!

    8 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • A Darker Dream (Love Spell Romance)

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Amanda Ashley
    • Narrated By Christine Padovan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (58)
    Performance
    (49)
    Story
    (51)

    In all his 400 years, Rayven never met a woman like Rhianna McLeod. She is a vision of light, of warmth, of everything he is not - nor can ever be. Doomed to live forever in darkness and solitude, he knows all too well the risk in getting close to her, yet he hungers for her with a fierce passion he swears he will never allow himself to feel. Rhianna's father sold her to Rayven to put food on the table so she had no choice but to go with the dark stranger. To her surprise, he gives her everything she wants: the finest clothes, education, and the run of the castle - everything, that is, except his touch.

    Olette says: "I jus needed something..."
    "Frustrating"
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    Any additional comments?

    OK. I get that yes a turned vampire might have issues about being seen as a "monster", and I can understand that any woman would see a vampire as a "monster". But just as I think these two individuals have come to terms with the whole vampire thing, one of them runs away... and then the pleading starts... "Please don't send me away".. "Please don't leave me".... By the end of this book I just wanted to scream "Just seperate for good and be done with it will you!!!"....
    and if that damned vampire/narrator said "Rhianna" one more time..... God help me.
    And the narrator made Rhianna sound like a whining little brat.
    I was fair though, and listened to the end... but never again.

    3 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Immortals: The Calling: Immortals Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Jennifer Ashley
    • Narrated By Rebecca Cook
    Overall
    (160)
    Performance
    (113)
    Story
    (115)

    He bursts into the battle, his leather jacket billowing and his huge silver sword flashing. Amber has no idea why this windswept warrior would rescue her, but there he is... fighting the same demon who’d killed her sister. Though he is a stranger, she immediately senses he’s come to protect her. And with the first touch of his lips on hers, she knows he is bound to her, his body meant for her. Yet the shadow of evil is spreading quickly....

    marie-claire says: "Couldn't help but buy book 2"
    "Couldn't help but buy book 2"
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    Would you listen to Immortals: The Calling again? Why?

    Yes... great story line.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The dragon shapeshifter.... can't think of his name :)


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

    She's just great, her male voices are smoky and sound masculine.


    Any additional comments?

    When you thought the book was over, it kept going. Loved it!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Once Burned: A Night Prince Novel, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Jeaniene Frost
    • Narrated By Tavia Gilbert
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2576)
    Performance
    (2381)
    Story
    (2374)

    After a tragic accident scarred her body and destroyed her dreams, Leila never imagined that the worst was still to come: a terrifying ability to channel electricity and to see a person's darkest secrets through a single touch. Leila is doomed to a life of solitude ... until creatures of the night kidnap her, forcing her to reach out with a telepathic distress call to the world's most infamous vampire. Vlad Tepesh inspired the greatest vampire legend of all - but whatever you do, don't call him Dracula.

    Hassan says: "LOVED it from the beginning"
    "So Disappointed!!!"
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    Any additional comments?

    The book finished just as it was getting juicy!! Now have to wait for the next book and hope that it finishs Vlad and Leilas story.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Lothaire: Immortals After Dark

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Kresley Cole
    • Narrated By Robert Petkoff
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1290)
    Performance
    (1205)
    Story
    (1207)

    Driven by his insatiable need for revenge, Lothaire, the Lore’s most ruthless vampire, plots to seize the Horde’s crown. But bloodlust and torture have left him on the brink of madness - until he finds Elizabeth Peirce, the key to his victory. He captures the unique young mortal, intending to offer up her very soul in exchange for power, yet Elizabeth soothes his tormented mind and awakens within him emotions Lothaire believed he could no longer experience.

    Nicola says: "Amazing Book"
    "Loved it.. Loved it... Loved it"
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    Where does Lothaire rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It has just made a giant leap to top of the list on my iPod


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Lothaire?

    To many to mention


    What does Robert Petkoff bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He does an absolutely brilliant job of Lothaire the character (unfortunately being a male his female voices are a little off but forgivable). I think Robert really enjoyed reading this book, which made it a great story to listen too.


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

    Twilight + Lord of the Rings + Exocist = Lothaire


    Any additional comments?

    A few laughs, at voices plus dialogue. Just loved the book... Will be buying a hard copy too.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Comanche Flame

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Madeline Baker
    • Narrated By Rebecca Cook
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (16)
    Performance
    (8)
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    (8)

    He was a loner, a drifter, a fast gun whose aura of dangerous virility turned pretty heads all across the West. But if his reputation as an outlaw didn’t warn decent women away, his Comanche blood did. He saved Jessica’s life out on the desolate plains, then made her a willing captive of his savage desire. But even when he had left her behind to rejoin his people, Jesse found she could not forget him.

    marie-claire says: "Not my cup of tea"
    "Not my cup of tea"
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    Any additional comments?

    Was all going well, liked the story line, liked the narrator, then the author had to put in a scene where the hero cheats on the heroine, and she takes it lying down. Would have liked to see the heroine with a little more back bone, then simply just dismissing the fact that he'd gotten another woman pregnant, after the hero and heroine found there true feelings for eachother. I listened to the whole book, but after that scene I felt disappointed at the end. Never got my warm fuzzy feeling I get from these romance novels, you know, the happily ever after. I was left feeling he was a cheating a**e and she was a dumb idiot, and the relationship wouldn't last. Sorry, just not my idea of a romance novel.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Blood Curse: Blood & Fire, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 14 mins)
    • By Mychael Black
    • Narrated By Alexander Thrait
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (39)
    Performance
    (28)
    Story
    (25)

    Jason Summerfield has finally found the man of his dreams -- Greek vampire Julian Kristados, and together, they’re enjoying life in Julian’s mansion on the outskirts of Atlanta, Georgia. Jason’s still going strong with his metal band, Firestarter, and they’re developing a big following throughout the area. Along with the fame, though, Jason has also garnered the attention of a stalker. When the stalker’s attentions turn mysterious and potentially deadly, Julian seeks the advice of a friend, fellow vampire Gabriel Walsh.

    marie-claire says: "A little disappointed"
    "A little disappointed"
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    Any additional comments?

    I purchased Book 1 - Blood and Fire - and reviewed it. What I said for that book, applies to this one. To short, to crammed, not enough information and explanation and character exploration. Did enjoy the story line though, and the narrator is a hoot, even if this voice is a little (no a lot) to old for the characters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Blood and Fire: Blood & Fire, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 37 mins)
    • By Mychael Black
    • Narrated By Alexander Thrait
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (55)
    Performance
    (41)
    Story
    (41)

    Jason Summerfield is a lead singer of a local metal band and an all-around love 'em and leave 'em type of guy. He's also pyrokinetic. Strong emotions can literally start a fire with him, so he's always struggled to hold emotions back, unwilling to let his "gift" harm anyone. So far, one-night stands have been the answer. Then along comes Julian Kristados, a man who turns Jason's world upside down. When he's with Julian, Jason finds it impossible to control his fire.

    Jared says: "Hilariously Bad"
    "NOT QUITE SURE"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Loved the story line, but felt the author crammed to much in. Story was just to short, so is Book 2 - Blood Curse. I was left feeling like I was listening to an excerpt not a full story, and feel that I should been now waiting for the full, extended version to be released. It's Mills and Boons short, when it should be dictionary thick.


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

    The most interesting part of the story, was there wasn't one. The sexy hero never explores his gift of confuring fire (except that it turns his lover on - not sure what ever God gave him that gift ment for him to only use it in bed).


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Alexander Thrait?

    Alexander did a great job, only problem was his voice is just to old for the characters, and he can't do accents. But hearing an older man read out sex scenes does bring a smile to your face :)


    Do you think Blood and Fire needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No, Blood and Fire and it's second book - Blood Curse - do not need a second book. They need to be merged and extended to incorporate more detail and understanding of characters.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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