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  • Desire Unchained: Demonica, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Larissa Ione
    • Narrated By Hillary Huber
    Overall
    (375)
    Performance
    (264)
    Story
    (261)

    Runa Wagner never meant to fall in love with the sexy stranger who seemed to know her every deepest desire. But she couldn't resist the unbelievable passion that burned between them, a passion that died when she discovered his betrayal and found herself forever changed. Now, determined to make Shade pay for the transformation that haunts her, Runa searches for him, only to be taken prisoner by his darkest enemy.

    RabidReads says: "Good but, not as good as Pleasure Unbound"
    "I like the narrator"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Not sure why some have diss'ed the narrator on this one. Personally I like HillaryHuber best out of the first 3 books. MUCH better than the narration on the 3rd one. Hillary has a sultry voice and cadence that draws you in. Liked her a lot in the Midnight breed series as well. It was actually a search by Hillary as a Narrator that brought me to this series in the first place. I'll recommend the series in print to my friends. The series is great, but the constant switching in the narrators - especially in light of some reviews on the narration on the 4th and 5th books - is too annoying to bear.


    What other book might you compare Desire Unchained to and why?

    Midnight breed series.


    Which character – as performed by Hillary Huber – was your favorite?

    Shade, of course


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

    definately


    Any additional comments?

    Just a HUGE pet peeve about this audio series(and several others) in general. Why the constant hopping between narrators. Especially if it "aint broke". I wlll be reading the remainder of the series in print IF I can find time. Good and consistant narration makes or breaks a series. Production companies would do well to pay for good narration and stick with the same one throughout the series. On a series like this - I.e. Midnight Breed, I'll go through an audio book in 2 days. Switch narrators and I probably wont finish unless it's really good, and then I'll read it in print. So revenue IS being lost.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Tower Lord: Raven's Shadow, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Anthony Ryan
    • Narrated By Steven Brand
    Overall
    (248)
    Performance
    (231)
    Story
    (233)

    Vaelin Al Sorna, warrior of the Sixth Order, called Darkblade, called Hope Killer. The greatest warrior of his day, and witness to the greatest defeat of his nation: King Janus' vision of a Greater Unified Realm drowned in the blood of brave men fighting for a cause Vaelin alone knows was forged from a lie. Sick at heart, he comes home, determined to kill no more. Named Tower Lord of the Northern Reaches by King Janus's grateful heir, he can perhaps find peace in a colder, more remote land far from the intrigues of a troubled Realm.

    Christopher says: "Different, but still awesome."
    "Overall another great listen"
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    Any additional comments?

    Let me start by saying that I really like this series and very much enjoyed both books. There’s a couple things I would critique in The Tower Lord – though these would by no means put me off from reading or recommending the series. Great Characters, well written, Great story all in all.

    That being said: first off, I have no complaints at all about the content or flow of the first book, Blood Song. But I found the timeline and sequence of events somwhat difficult to follow in The Tower Lord. I thought Verniers account interspersed with Vaelin’s history worked VERY well in Blood song. And while I can understand why Ryan would want to continue with that method, it really didn’t work as well for The Tower Lord. In Blood Song, you had only Vaelin’s POV from the past and Verniers accounting of the telling in the present. In The Tower Lord, Ryan adds in multiple new main character POVs and there’s a lot going on in multiple places over an indeterminate span of time. When jumping between multiple character POV’s the timeline is harder to follow to begin with. After listening twice, I’m still a little unsure if different POV’s of the book are playing out in sequence as read, or if he’s just piecing the different POV’s together in rotation. Add in the fact that Verniers POV is interspersed with - but chronologically out of sync with - the rest of the Characters, and the book just doesn’t flow as well as the first.

    Personally I think this book could have been a bit longer, too. There were several new main characters introduced and some returning characters elevated from supporting roles. I would have enjoyed taking more time to get to know them since they’re now getting equal time with Vaelin. It seemed to end abruptly in an odd place, too.

    I like the reader. He has a great voice and it really doesn’t bother me at all that he doesn’t do different character voices and accents. Sometimes that sort of thing can be overdone anyway. It would help the listener if he were to vary his tone of voice a little more to make it easier to discern who’s speaking. And at times his timing or inflection is off, but for the most part he makes for a very good listen and is a good match for this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Outlander

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (14775)
    Performance
    (9159)
    Story
    (9032)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: An all-time Audible favorite that mixes historic fiction, adventure, and romance with one of the most fascinating literary devices: time travel. Outlander introduces an exhilarating world of heroism and breathtaking thrills as one woman is torn between past and present, passion and love. In 1945, former combat nurse Claire Randall returns from World War II and joins her husband for a second honeymoon. But their blissful reunion is shattered....

    Lulu says: "The Reason for the Existence of Audio Books"
    "Stunning, Enthralling Captivating - and much more"
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    What did you love best about Outlander?

    The way it's written: The author weaves the story and the characters in such an artful and enthralling manner that you can't help but get swept up. I couldn't help but be swept emotionally into the story and into the characters. I fell in love with Jamie right along with Claire. The author takes the time to paint the scene in a way that you to experience it along with the characters. She doesn't tell you why a character struggles with something - the knowledge unfolds in the character and the story. It's like the difference between writing the obvious: "the sunset was beautiful" and writing a description of the sunset so vivid and compelling that not only do you see it in your minds eye, you catch yourself sighing as in response to seeing it yourself.

    This is MUCH more than your typical cookie cutter template romance. Don't let the romance aspect put you off. (and it is romance, not erotica)


    Which character – as performed by Davina Porter – was your favorite?

    Jamie, of course. She does an amazing job not just with voices and accents, but capturing the nuances and personality of the characters. Intonations and cadence was spot-on. Likely the best narration I've ever heard,


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

    Don't know, but I definately wish somone would make one


    Any additional comments?

    Best credit I've ever spent. I can't imagine how this book could get anything negative reviews. If you love good descriptive writing, and an enthalling story with many facets to offer - romance, adventure, adversity, stuggle ... it's a wonderful ride.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Darker After Midnight: The Midnight Breed, Book 10

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Lara Adrian
    • Narrated By Hillary Huber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (508)
    Performance
    (456)
    Story
    (458)

    In the dark of night, a blood war escalates within the hidden world of the Breed. After existing in secret for many long centuries, maintaining a fragile peace with the humans who walk beside them unaware, a single act of retaliation has put the entire vampire nation at risk of discovery. It falls to the Order—a cadre of Breed warriors pledged to protect their own and humankind alike—to stop Dragos, the power-mad vampire at the center of the conflict, before his push for domination can explode into catastrophe.

    ducksandruns says: "Wow!"
    "Wishing for more"
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    What does Hillary Huber bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Hillary is at the top of my favoraite Narrators list. When I'm forced to read a book in print (because it's not available on audio or I can't tolerate the narration) I find myself imagining how she'd read it. She catches all of the inflections and nuances just right. She give the characters depth and personaltity and reads the dialog like a dialog.


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

    yes


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Darkest Night: Lords of the Underworld, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Gena Showalter
    • Narrated By Max Bellmore
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1723)
    Performance
    (881)
    Story
    (889)

    All her life, Ashlyn Darrow has been tormented by voices from the past. To end the nightmare, she has come to Budapest seeking help from men rumored to have supernatural abilities, not knowing she'll be swept into the arms of Maddox, their most dangerous member - a man trapped in a hell of his own.

    Amazon Customer says: "Keep Trudging..."
    "Kinda slow - both the story and the narrator"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Not waisted time, but I wasn't dying to get back to it. Pretty much finished it because I'd paid for it.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Max Bellmore’s performances?

    Not really into Bellmore's reading style - He has a nice voice but too many long pauses in the middle of thoughts and sentences. The dialog sounded fake and read, not spoken. Intonation all wrong in most cases. The cadence overall was abnormally slow.


    Any additional comments?

    I may give one more book in the series a try, but not in audio as the narrator just doesn't quite do it for me

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Passion Unleashed

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Larissa Ione
    • Narrated By Renee Raudman
    Overall
    (344)
    Performance
    (238)
    Story
    (237)

    Serena Kelley is an archaeologist and treasure hunter - and a woman with a secret. Since she was seven, she's been the keeper of a powerful charm that grants her health and immortality... as long as she stays a virgin. But Serena isn't all that innocent. And when a dangerously handsome stranger brings her to the brink of ecstasy, she wonders if she's finally met the one man she cannot resist.

    Stephen Parks says: "Great book, poor narration"
    "NOT liking the Narrator"
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    If you could sum up Passion Unleashed in three words, what would they be?

    Narrator reminds me of a female version of Bill Murray's character on Caddy Shack. Wish they'd have stuck with Hillary Huber


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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