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Michele

Lansing, MI, United States | Member Since 2004

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  • 6 reviews
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  • Lord of the Vampires

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Gena Showalter
    • Narrated By Genvieve Bevier
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (215)
    Performance
    (180)
    Story
    (179)

    Nicolai the Vampire was renowned for his virility, but in a twist of fate “The Dark Seducer” had become a sex slave in the kingdom of Delfina - stripped of his precious timepiece andhis memory. All that remained was a primal need for freedom, revenge - and the only woman who could help him. In her dreams, a wanton vampire called to Jane Parker, drawing her to his dark sexuality and his magical realm. But for a human, all was not a fairy tale in Delfina. Jane was the key to Nicolai’s memory… but exploiting her meant dooming the only mortal he craved.

    Lynette says: "Save your credits...pass this one by."
    "Yick! Narrator is horrible"
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    The performance was so bad, it's hard to tell what the story was like...I like Showalter's Lords of the Underworld, but this wasn't one of her best - I think...won't listen to books read by this narrator again...

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Twilight Before Christmas

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Christine Feehan
    • Narrated By Teri Clark Linden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (445)
    Performance
    (385)
    Story
    (389)

    Best-selling novelist Kate Drake is one of seven sisters gifted with amazing powers of witchcraft. Returning home in time for her northern California town's annual Christmas pageant, Kate catches the spirit of the season and decides to open a bookstore in a charming but run-down historic mill. Decorated former U.S. Army Ranger Matt Granite, now a local contractor, doesn't mind working in the undeniably eerie house -- not if it means getting closer to Kate. There's something about the quiet, sensual woman that powerfully attracts him.

    Paige says: "Narrator so bad I quit after 5 minutes"
    "Narrator ruined the story"
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    Delivery was flat and unemotional, character voices felt forced, unimaginative and were inconsistent. Possibly the most disappointing was the lack of humor when Danny was teasing Matt. She made many the characters sound childish and petulant. The reading made me feel like I was six years old and an adult without children was reading a story.

    I'm glad I had read the book before listening to it.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Dark Prince: Author's Cut Special Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Christine Feehan
    • Narrated By Abby Craden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (628)
    Performance
    (507)
    Story
    (512)

    A telepathic hunter of serial killers, Raven Whitney helps to catch some of the most depraved criminals. But her work keeps her from getting close to others, and has drained her body and spirit. In need of rest and rejuvenation, she embarks for a vacation far from home. Mikhail Dubrinsky is the prince of the Carpathians, the powerful leader of a wise and secret ancient race that thrives in the night. From the moment they meet, Raven and Mikhail are helpless to resist the desire that sparks between them. But just as fate unexpectedly brings these life mates together, malevolent forces threaten to destroy them.

    julie says: "Utterly Supurb!!!"
    "Narrator Made it a Difficult Listen"
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    This is a favorite episode in the series, but the narrator made it a difficult listen; her hesitation every few words had me backing up to make sense of the story line.

    Enjoyed the Authors Cut inspite of the presentation

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Threat Vector

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Tom Clancy, Mark Greaney
    • Narrated By Lou Diamond Phillips
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3755)
    Performance
    (3285)
    Story
    (3304)

    Jack Ryan has only just moved back into the Oval Office when he is faced with a new international threat. An aborted coup in the People's Republic of China has left President Wei Zhen Lin with no choice but to agree with the expansionist policies of General Su Ke Quiang. They have declared the South China Sea a protectorate and are planning an invasion of Taiwan. The Ryan administration is determined to thwart China’s ambitions, but the stakes are dangerously high as a new breed of powerful Chinese anti-ship missiles endanger the US Navy's plans to protect the island.

    Jean says: "Spies and a counter espionage"
    "Another Clancy Success!"
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    One of my favorite things about a Clancy novel is the attention to detail. It sharpens the imagination and transports you right in the middle of the action...it also makes you wonder just how close to the mark he might be!

    And LDP as narrator is the icing on the cake. There are narrators who speak differently for each character - only with the best is that a good thing - most just end up missing the mark. LDP gives each personality their own voice without overtly changing the sound. His accents from different regions are believable and he maintains them well.

    Two of the best! Clancy and Phillips. I don't know how authors collaborate, but kudos to Mark Greaney for maintaining the Clancy experience!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Three Fates

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Bernadette Quigley
    Overall
    (690)
    Performance
    (558)
    Story
    (553)

    When the Lusitania sank, more than one 1,000 people died. One passenger, however, survived to become a changed man, giving up his life as a petty thief but keeping a small silver statue that would become a family heirloom to future generations. Now, nearly a century later, that heirloom, one of a priceless, long-separated set of three, has been snatched away from the Sullivans.

    Barbara says: "Nora at her best!"
    "Poor Narration"
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    The narrator’s overly-rapid, staccato delivery, with misplaced pauses disrupt the flow of the story and makes it very difficult to follow the story. It’s disconcerting enough that I’ll think twice about any book she reads.

    I remember truly enjoying reading this book and it's hard to listen to it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Blood Trinity: The Belador Code, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Sherrilyn Kenyon, Dianna Love
    • Narrated By Christina Traister
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (239)
    Performance
    (153)
    Story
    (157)

    Atlanta has become the battlefield between human and demon. All her life, Evalle Kincaid has walked the line between the two. Her origins unknown, she’s on a quest to learn more about her past... and her future. When a demon claims a young woman in a terrifying attack and there’s no one else to blame, Evalle comes under suspicion. Now she’s on a deadly quest for her own survival.

    Allison says: "Entertaining Sherrilyn Kenyon & Dianna Love"
    "Can't bear to listen"
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    The narrator is so bad, I can't follow the story. Her stilted delivery makes it impossible to realize what words go together within a sentence, let alone understand the story line. It's nearly as bad as a mechanized verbalization of a written document. I've heard some really bad narrations and have always been able to adapt to their style, but not this time. Wish I could give half stars...I wouldn't have rated the story, as I ddin't hear it, but have to for the review. Please don't use my evaluation of that for other formats of the story...but don't listen to it unless they get another narrator...going to read this on my kindle...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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