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Heidi

Noblesville, In, United States | Member Since 2007

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  • Untamed: House of Night Series, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Kristin Cast, P. C. Cast
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (887)
    Performance
    (447)
    Story
    (455)

    Life sucks when your friends are pissed at you. Just ask Zoey Redbird. In one week she has gone from having three boyfriends to having none, and from having a close group of friends who trusted and supported her to being an outcast. Speaking of friends, the only two Zoey has left are undead and unMarked. And Neferet has declared war on humans, which Zoey knows in her heart is wrong.

    Heidi P :) says: "Why Switch Narrators??"
    "Bad Narrator Change!"
    Overall

    It was another great story fro P.C. and Kristin Cast. The story rates 5 stars, but the awful narration should almost bring it down to a 3 star book. The girl sound like a child, telling a pretty grown up story. It just sounds wrong. I actually turned it off half way through and went out and bought the actual book. I should have listened to the feedback. It's to bad it overshadowed an otherwise great YA story. I sure hope they go back to the old narrator, or this will be my last audiobook from this series.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • How to Run with a Naked Werewolf

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Molly Harper
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1711)
    Performance
    (1603)
    Story
    (1589)

    Anna Moder has just witnessed a shooting, seen her car pulverized, and rescued a wounded stranger - only to discover he's really a werewolf. And by her recent standards, things are actually looking up. Lycanthropes don't faze Anna. Doctoring a wolf pack outside Grundy, Alaska, is the closest thing to home life she's known in years. But hitching a ride to Anchorage with long-absent pack member Caleb Graham - that's a risk. Part of her itches to whack his nose with a newspaper. The rest is trying unsuccessfully to keep her own paws off every delicious inch of him.

    Jordy says: "Funny & Sexy With a Side of Serious "
    "Molly Harper & Amanda Ronconi A+ Combo!"
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    What made the experience of listening to How to Run with a Naked Werewolf the most enjoyable?

    The way that Amanda made Molly's book come to life!


    What other book might you compare How to Run with a Naked Werewolf to and why?

    Probably, Molly Harper's Half-Moon Hollow series. I think that Molly Harper has such a unique voice. She's able to balance wit, humor, and the paranormal.


    What about Amanda Ronconi’s performance did you like?

    Amanda Ronconi is the voice of Molly Harper for me! When I read Molly's books, I can almost her Amanda's narration. She has an amazing ability to make the character jump right off the page. She gives each character it's own voice and personality. Amanda helped guide the listener through this roller coaster of emotions, like I believe no one else could.


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

    For sure! I listened to it every free moment I had.


    Any additional comments?

    The story is a nice blend of humor, heart, and heat! Great characters back up and unique storyline. If you love witty romance, Molly Harper is your girl! I just hope she doesn't wait so long for the next installment of her Naked Werewolf Series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Fiery Heart: Bloodlines, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Richelle Mead
    • Narrated By Emily Shaffer, Alden Ford
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (546)
    Performance
    (497)
    Story
    (496)

    Sydney Sage is an alchemist, one of a group of humans who dabble in magic and serve to bridge the worlds of humans and vampires. They protect vampire secrets - and human lives. In the Indigo Spell, Sydney was torn between the alchemist way of life and what her heart and gut were telling her to do. And in one breathtaking moment that Richelle Mead fans will never forget, she made a decision that shocked even her...But the struggle isn't over for Sydney. As she navigates the aftermath of her life-changing decision, she still finds herself pulled in too many directions at once.

    Debbie Pharr says: "Turned it on...Turned it off :'("
    "Male narrator ruined this audiobook for me"
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    What did you love best about The Fiery Heart?

    I loved that Richelle Mead decided to let Adrian tell some of the story from his side! He's the entire reason that I started reading this series.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Emily Shaffer’s performances?

    She is fantastic, as always! I wouldn't think twice about buying audiobooks she narrates.


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

    Listing to the male narrator made me want to stab my ears with sharp items. He is one of the worst narrators that I have ever listen to. No inflection, no emotion, no change in character voices. It almost ruined the entire book for me. I had to force myself to listen to his chapters.


    Any additional comments?

    I feel that Audible should have listed the male narrator along with Emily Shaffer on the description page. I feel a bit cheated. If the series continues with this male narrator, I probably will stop purchasing them.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Tear You Apart

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Megan Hart
    • Narrated By Karen White
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (74)
    Performance
    (71)
    Story
    (70)

    I don't know which stop I got on at; I only know the train is going fast and the world outside becomes a blur. I should get off, but I don't. The universe is playing a cosmic joke on me. Here I had my life - a good life with everything a woman could want - and suddenly, there is something more I didn't know I could have. A chance for me to be satisfied and content and maybe even on occasion deliriously, amazingly, exuberantly fulfilled. So this is where I am, on a train that's out of control, and I am not just a passenger.

    Heidi says: "This book will TEAR YOU APART"
    "This book will TEAR YOU APART"
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    If you could sum up Tear You Apart in three words, what would they be?

    Real, gritty, and passionate


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

    She was able to convey and bring true emotions of this story to light


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

    Get your tissues ready for this one!


    Any additional comments?

    It wouldn't be a Megan Hart book, if it didn't tear your heart to shreds and leave a trail of tissues in it's wake. She writes the kinds of books that most authors are to scared to write. They are deep, thought provoking, and most of all real! And if you only read books that contain Happily Ever After endings, she probably isn't the book for you. TEAR YOU APART isn't your standard romance novel, but at it's core this is a story about love and connections.

    From the outside, Elizabeth has it all. She been married to successful man for over 20 year. She has beautiful twin daughters in college. And she has a job and a boss that she really likes. But when you really start to scratch the surface, you find husband who completely takes his wife for granted. It took sexy, exciting photographer Will walking in Elizabeth's life for her to figure this all out. There is a poignant quote sums up this book very well.

    "See," Will says, "You never know how thirsty you are until someone offers you something to drink."

    Elizabeth's husband wasn't awful, just neglectful. It was the standard not fixing the sink, leaving dirty clothes on the floor, and not paying attention to his wife. Over the years Elizabeth had fallen out of love with her husband. The attention Will paid to her, made her feel alive again. When these two get together, it's electric. Both carried a lot of emotional baggage with them, but found ways to carve out space in their life for each other. There is excitement, passion, and deep feelings, but is it enough?

    Words can't truly express how much I love this book. It's honest, gritty, and passionate. I love that Megan gave Elizabeth synaesthesia. It was a brilliant way to add another layer for the reader to experience. This book was just a ball of emotions for me. One moment it was fast and exciting, and the next it was raw and tragic. Most of all, this book was real to me. Would I have like to have a HEA ending? Of course I would, but that just wouldn't have felt true to the story. Megan Hart isn't known for tying up her stories with neat little bows, but I enjoy her writing more for it!

    Narrator Karen White, really brought this story to life. It take a truly talented narrator to bring voice to the emotional roller coaster that is a Megan Hart book. She created distinct voices for each of the characters, so much that I tend to forget she is reading all of the parts. I will absolutely pick up books narrated by her in the future!

    I would recommend this book to anyone who's not looking for your typical, generic love story. This story did brake my heart, and I love it because of how deep it made me feel. I've already recommended TEAR YOU APART to several of my friends. I can wait for the next Megan Hart adventure!

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • My Soul to Lose

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 48 mins)
    • By Rachel Vincent
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1525)
    Performance
    (908)
    Story
    (913)

    It was supposed to be a fun day, shopping at the mall with her best friend. Then the panic attack started and Kaylee Cavanaugh finds herself screaming, unable to stop. Her secret fears are exposed, and it's the worst day of her life....Until she wakes up in the psychiatric unit. She tries to convince everyone she's fine--despite the shadows she sees forming around another patient and the urge to scream which comes burbling up again and again.

    brenty says: "A beautifully crafted vignette!"
    "Great begining to a wonderful series!"
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    All Kaylee Cavanaugh wanted to do was go to the mall with her best friend, and plot the demise of her recent ex-boyfriend. Unfortunately, something strange and dark will keep Kaylee from enjoying her shopping trip. This isn???t one of Kaylee standard anxiety attacks, and the only way to release the pain is to scream! After blacking out, she wakes to find that she has been strapped to a bed in mental health ward of the local hospital. Kaylee is confused by what she saw at the mall, and everyone seems to think that she has a mental breakdown.

    I loved seeing Kaylee as a somewhat average teenager. All she really worried about was school and how to get back at he ex-boyfriend. She is almost carefree, in comparison to Kaylee once she finally understands what and who she is. You get to see glimpses of the strong character that she will become throughout the series.

    It was great to see Kaylee???s best friend Em, as well. I just adore her most of all, because she sticks with Kaylee through thick-and-thin. They have such a sweet, innocent friendship at this point in the story. We also get to see Nash in his all is alpha, jock glory. I would have like to see just a little interaction between Kaylee and Nash, but that is probably me just being greedy.

    Amanda Ronconi???s narration of MY SOUL TO LOSE was spot on! I find that it???s hard to listen to most YA audiobooks, because they narrator either sound to old or far to young. Amanda was able to convey everything from the light-hearted mood in the beginning to the despair Kaylee felt towards the end of the book.

    My only complaint about this audiobook, is the fact that is ended so quickly. I really thought there should be just a little more. Other then that, I really enjoyed this audiobook prequel. It was great to take a look back and see how it all started. It was fun to see a Kaylee not so burden down with problems of the world on her shoulder. MY SOUL TO LOSE was a great introduction to the Soul Screamers world and it's characters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Blood Bound

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Rachel Vincent
    • Narrated By Gabra Zackman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (269)
    Performance
    (245)
    Story
    (245)

    Most can’t touch the power. But Liv Warren is special—a paranormal tracker who follows the scent of blood. Liv makes her own rules, and the most important one is trust no one. But when her friend’s daughter goes missing, Liv has no choice but to find the girl. Thanks to a childhood oath,Liv can’t rest until the child is home safe. But that means trusting Cam Caballero, the former lover forbidden to her.

    Destiny says: "Buy this book!!!"
    "Another Great Rachel Vincent Series"
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    Rachel has an amazing knack for building unique fictional worlds. In a sea of carbon copy urban fantasy series, Blood Bound is a breath of fresh air. Her writing is both multifaceted and brilliant! Overall, Blood Bound is a dark and seductive thrill ride. I found myself getting pulled in the Rachel's Unbound world, and not wanting to leave. I enjoyed untangling the web that is Blood Bound!

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Night Star: The Immortals, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Alyson Noel
    • Narrated By Katie Schorr
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (160)
    Performance
    (83)
    Story
    (85)

    At the start of this anxiously awaited novel, Ever and Damen are still separated by the poison lingering in Damon’s body. Their only hope of being together is the antidote that was spilled all over Jude’s shirt when he killed their enemy Roman. Now Haven is in possession of the shirt—and she’s out for revenge. Blinded by rage and grief, Haven—who blames Ever for killing Roman—could be Ever and Damen’s deadliest enemy yet.

    Heidi says: "This series is up and down"
    "This series is up and down"
    Overall

    I enjoy this genre, so I'm bought and listened to all 5 books in this series. I like the characters and the idea behind the series, but sometimes the awkward writing gets in the way. The author will start a scene, and then end the scene without explaining what happened. Then only to later have the character have a long inner dialogue to explain what happened. I kept feeling like I skipped ahead in the story, when I hadn't. Other then that, the characters have grown and developed over the last 5 books. And I will finish the series. I also enjoyed the narrator! She has the perfect voice for this series. If you enjoy this genre, pick this one up.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Guilty Pleasures: Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Laurell K. Hamilton
    • Narrated By Kimberly Alexis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1207)
    Performance
    (707)
    Story
    (713)

    Published almost 10 years ago, Guilty Pleasures marked the debut of a writer who was destined to grow from cult favorite to a major bestselling author. Now, for long-time Anita Blake aficionados and newfound fans, Guilty Pleasures makes its debut in downloadable audio

    Jeanette says: "In the beginning"
    "Narration is just plain awful!!!"
    Overall

    Let me first say, that I love the Anita Blake series as a whole. Though this book is not my favorite book in the series, it's still a really good read. It is, however, the worst audiobook in the series so far.

    I completely dislike the narrator change(I can't come up with stronge enough words). She sounds way to macho to be the sexy necromancer, we've always known. She completely ruins Jean Claude's accent. I'm not sure if I want to laugh or cry, because she has ruined something that I hold dear to me.

    There also is this awful menacing music that plays randomly through out some scenes. It's really annoying and distracting.

    I was happy when I found out that they were releasing the early Anita books in audio format, but this has been a massive let down. I'm pretty sure this will be my last Anita Blake audiobook purchase with this narrator change. Save your credits, but buy the book. You'll be happy you did!

    23 of 27 people found this review helpful
  • Skin Trade: Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter: Book 17

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Laurell K. Hamilton
    • Narrated By Kimberly Alexis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (623)
    Performance
    (298)
    Story
    (306)

    When a vampire serial killer sends Anita Blake a grisly souvenir from Las Vegas, she has to warn Sin City's local authorities what they're dealing with. Only it's worse than she thought. Ten officers and one executioner have been slain - paranormal style. Anita heads to Vegas, where's she's joined by three other federal marshals, including the ruthless Edward. It's a good thing he always has her back, because when she gets close to the bodies, Anita senses "tiger" too strongly to ignore it.

    Evelyn says: "Finally, Anita's back!"
    "Anite, but just not the same"
    Overall

    I'm a massive LKH fan, and I have all her audiobooks. This was probably the first Anita book, that I actually had to force myself to finish.

    My first issue with this book is the change in narrators. The voices are all off. I couldn't always distinguish between character voices, even the new characters. The miss-pronunciation of vital words as in "ardeur" and "pomme de sang" made me absolutely CRAZY!!!! I found myself dazing in and out, due to he voice. I think she was an awful choice to narrate this series. I probably would have given it a better rating, if the old narrator was back.

    My second problem, is that I liked the past few Anita book (unlike a lot of people). I think that ALL the cop stuff got a little boring. I dislike when they take Anita out side of her little St. Louis comfort zone. I miss the other characters a lot.

    I should have went with my first thought and just read the book. I think that the publishing company is making a massive mistake changing the narrator in both of LKH's long standing series. I think I may be done buying audiobooks from this author.

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Falling for Gracie

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Susan Mallery
    • Narrated By Savannah Richards
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (381)
    Performance
    (123)
    Story
    (125)

    First comes love, then comes marriage...At least, that was Gracie's plan at the ripe old age of 14. She loved 18-year-old heartthrob Riley with a desperation that made her a town legend. Even now that she's all grown up, the locals in sleepy Los Lobos won't let her forget her youthful crush. And how can she, when she's face-to-face with Riley at every turn? The one-time bad boy has come back to town seeking respectability - but the sparks that fly between them are anything but respectable!

    wjm says: "The end is missing"
    "Another Sweet Romance from Mallery"
    Overall

    I really thought the was a very sweet romance. It was great to see the transformation of both Gracie and Riley. The only let down was the ending was missing the last 3 or 4 chapters. So I had to run out and buy the book. It's still worth the download, cause I love Mallery's work and Plummer's narration.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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