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Obviously Hazel, but I fell in love with Augustus, just as Hazel did.
Kate Rudd's narration was spot-on as a witty, intelligent, slightly jaded teenager. Even her laboured breathing sounded authentic.
This story is a bit of a tearjerker, but not a cancer sob story. It is a brutally honest look at a terminally ill teenager, but it does not devolve into a pity party for Hazel. I loved this book.
I read all three parts in ebook format before listening to Part 2 and enjoyed the overall story, but I would only recommend The Professional to fans of erotica. Reading some of these reviews, I get the feeling that it wasn't clear that The Professional is an erotica book, rather than straight-up romance (think X-rated vs. R-rated). It probably doesn't help that Audible categorized Part 1 as "Fiction > Contemporary" rather than "Romance > Erotica".
I would have released all three parts as one audiobook. Part 2 covers chapters 18-33 of the story, but it doesn't hold up as a stand-alone story (which I don't believe it was meant to, anyway).
Yes, I would. She did a great job as Natalie and with American accents. Her Russian accent is decent as well, but I would have enjoyed it more if she dialed back on her Russian accents a bit. I didn't find them very sexy and it distracted from the story. She did a good job overall though.
If Fifty Shades of Grey can be made into a movie, why not The Professional? It's a much better story than Fifty Shades, anyway. (All three parts, that is...not just Part 2 on its own.)
Even though I've read Part 3 in ebook format already, I'm still looking forward to Part 3 in audiobook format, and I'm definitely looking forward to other books in this new series (The Game Maker) in the future. Fans of Kresley Cole, keep in mind that Part 2 covers chapters 18-33 of the book (Part 1 covers chapters 1-17 and Part 3 covers chapters 34-44 and epilogue), AND this is _erotica_ with lots of BDSM and other XXX-rated naughtiness. Not for the faint of heart!
Yes. I loved this book so much that I had to listen to again immediately after I finished it. Wil Wheaton was a fantastic narrator and the story was fascinating. I had to listen to it again to pick up on all the little nuances that I might have missed the first time around.
Wade and Aech finally meeting for the first time. Brilliant! And what a satisfying ending.
I loved everything about Wil Wheaton's performance. He was perfect for this book. I loved the reference to Wil Wheaton in the book, too. It made Wil Wheaton's performance of the book particularly fitting.
I don't think I would be able to listen to it in one sitting, even if I had the time. My brain would be on overload. This book is so richly detailed and there is so much to take in that I honestly believe my brain couldn't handle it.
I am not, and never have been, a gamer. I've never played Dungeons and Dragons. I've never watched a full episode of any of the various Star Trek series. I think the last Star Wars movie I saw was Return of the Jedi, back in 1983 when I was a small child. I wasn't sure if I would like this book but I am so glad that I gave it a try. Not only was it a fascinating and exciting listen, but I recognized about 90% of the pop culture references mentioned, despite my lack of "geek" credibility. Anyone who came of age in the 80s should give this a listen. In fact, my daughter, born in the 21st century, listened to most of this with me and she loved it too.
Absolutely, yes. When my kid is in bed. Or away for the weekend. Or wearing headphones and my bedroom door is locked.... Wow, it's spicy. It's a naughty/nice break from all the YA I listen to with my pre-teen. I probably wouldn't listen to it again until all three parts are out, though. I hate, hate, hate it when stories are left hanging like this.
The obvious comparison is Fifty Shades of Grey (virginal college student, dom/sub forbidden relationship) but The Professional is so much better (so far, anyway). The cringe factor is way down compared to Fifty Shades. Plus, it helps that Kresley Cole can actually write.
Yes, I would. I really, really liked her for Natalie's parts. I wasn't so crazy about her Russian accent though. It wasn't bad (truly, it wasn't), but there was something about it that didn't do it for me. I can't put my finger on it, but I found her Russian accent distracting. Maybe it wasn't "sexy" enough. She was fantastic as Natalie though!
Yes, and I did! I stayed up late into the night listening to it and then just about died when it ended. I want the rest of the story!
I think if I ever listen to a serial or multi-part story again, I will wait until all parts are available before I begin listening. The suspense is killing me! I need me some Sevastyan!
I would recommend this book only to existing fans of the Beautiful Creatures series. You would have to know the history of the series to understand what's going on. For fans of Beautiful Creatures, it will be interesting to see where Ridley and Link end up as the new series progresses.
Yes. I enjoyed the Beautiful Creatures (Caster Chronicles) series for the most part. I will probably continue with the new Dangerous Creatures series.
I love Kevin T. Collins's narration. He has a wonderful voice. He did a great job as Ethan in the Beautiful Creatures series and I was happy to hear him again.
No. Aside from the fact that this is a very short story (not even a novella, really), the Beautiful Creatures movie was a stinker and I doubt they'll go down that road again.
I don't mind cliffhangers, but this was left unfinished. I realize it's meant to be a bridge between Beautiful Creatures (Caster Chronicles) series and the new, upcoming Dangerous Creatures series, but the ending was abrupt.
Best: Phil Gigante. Least: Bad Irish accents.
I'm not going to waste my time with a detailed review of Dreamfever. People who love this series will probably love this book too. My issues with Karen Marie Moning's writing can be found in my previous review of Darkfever.
I have two points about the narration. First, Natalie Ross has one of the worst Irish accents I have ever heard. It sounds more Cockney (and a bad Cockney accent at that) than Irish. I cringed every time I heard her Irish accent. Every. Single. Time. Her take at Mac's accent was fine--less pronounced than the prior narrator in the series, but it was inoffensive. Phil Gigante though...WHOA. He could narrate a tax return and I'd pay to listen. Aural sex. Wow. Just wow.
If only for Phil Gigante's brief appearances.
I preferred Joyce Bean to Natalie Ross, but the addition of Phil Gigante makes up for just about everything else that bothered me about this book.
Hands down, the best thing about Darkfever is Barrons. JZB is one of the most compelling characters I've come across in a long time. What I liked least? Moning's lazy writing. Would it have killed her to invest in even a modicum of research? Irish people speaking in American English was jarring and it detracted from the story. I'm not talking about the narrator's accent, either. I'm talking about Americanisms that are rarely used in Ireland, and it happened so frequently that I'm not going to list them.
I was on the fence about this. The writing and so-so narration didn't exactly win me over, but I love Barrons so I continued with the series.
I was surprised that I didn't hate Joyce Bean's narration. After reading the reviews, I braced myself for terrible narration. That wasn't the case. It wasn't great, but it wasn't horrible. The Southern accent was slightly over-the-top, Scarlett O'Hara-esque, and the Irish accent was that fake Irish Spring/Lucky Charms commercial kind of accent, but it wasn't as bad as I'd feared. I actually wish she had continued narrating Mac's parts in the later books, because I didn't like the female narrator for the last few books.
A qualified yes. I rolled my eyes quite a bit and the writing was so inconsistent, but it was a relatively quick listen and it introduced Barrons. Mmm...Barrons....
I think categorizing this as "Romance" is a stretch. There is very little romance in it. I also think that Mac comes off as Sookie-Lite, and Karen Marie Moning wasn't successful in developing Mac into an endearing character in the same vein as Charlaine Harris's Sookie Stackhouse.
I was shocked that I enjoyed this book so much. And a I really enjoyed it! The writing is a bit predictable and clichéd at times, and the author overuses certain adjectives and similes, but the overall story was engaging. There was just the right amount of tension and romance. It wasn't over the top, à la 50 Shades of Grey, and the author built up killer tension while we waited for the main couple to finally get together.
Kayla. Most of the other characters came across as contrived, but Kayla's character was believable and I could relate to her (as much as I could possibly relate to a beautiful Hollywood starlet).
I swear that Gia St. Claire and Emily Bauer are the same person. I listen to a lot of Young Adult books with my daughter and Emily Bauer narrates one of my daughter's favourite series. She has a very distinct voice. Gia St. Claire must be the name she uses when she narrates racy, adult titles so it doesn't conflict with her YA audience. She did a good job though.
I listened to the whole thing in one sitting. The whole thing!
This was another free Valentine's Day download from Audible and I completely forgot it was in my library until last weekend. I don't normally read or listen to this kind of straight-up romance, but I really enjoyed it. Despite being a free title, I would even say it's worth a credit.
Yes. I can't remember downloading this, but it was in my library under "Free" titles. This story is an excerpt from a longer title called "Undead in my Bed". At about 4.5 hours, Undead Sublet was a fun way to kill time on a rainy afternoon.
It was free! I never would have spent a credit on a title like this, based on both the cheesy cover and the name. After finally listening to it, I would definitely check out other titles by Molly Harper.
She seemed to be reading rather than acting or telling the story. Her performance wasn't bad, but the flow was a little unnatural and it would have been better if it wasn't so obvious that she was reading the story.
Yes, it reminds me a lot of the Sookie Stackhouse books.
I got this as one of several free downloads from Audible last Valentine's Day but I completely forgot it was in my library. It wasn't great literature, but it was a fun and easy listen. I'd never listened to or read anything by Molly Harper before this story, but I'm going to check out her other books now.
I like that Horde, the third and final book in the Razorland trilogy, ended properly! There were no loose ends (like the Delirium trilogy), no sudden or unpleasant surprises (like the Divergent trilogy), and no wishy-washy finales (like Sookie Stackhouse). That is not to say that there weren't any twists or surprises, but everything wrapped up nicely, without seeming false or colour-by-numbers.
Honestly, this wasn't my favourite YA series, but I did enjoy it and fans of Enclave and Outpost will absolutely LOVE it. Ann Aguirre did a great job of wrapping everything up in a satisfying way, and the epilogue was a nice touch.
Emily Bauer brings a good balance of naïveté and toughness to Deuce's character.
No, but that's just me, personally. As I said earlier, this wasn't my favourite series and I wasn't as in to it as I have been with other series. That doesn't mean it wasn't a good listen or a good book. Fans of the series will love Horde. I enjoyed it too.
I have been listening to this series with my pre-teen daughter and, though it's been a bit gory in spots and there have been sexual references that went over my daughter's head, I haven't really had to censor much. Horde DEFINITELY has some step-above-PG13 moments, so parents take note. It's still pretty tame compared to a lot of what is out there, but the romance factor is ramped up quite a bit compared to the other two books.
Yes, I would. I am enjoying this series so far. I have enjoyed pretty much everything Julie Kagawa writes. This follow-up to The Immortal Rules wasn't as strong as the first book, but the ending packed a powerful punch and I'm looking forward to the next instalment.
Yes. I would recommend The Eternity Cure (and the Blood of Eden series) to people who enjoy paranormal or dystopian/post-apocalyptic stories. It's a vampire story with a post-apocalyptic twist, and a nice change of pace from typical YA vampire books.
Therese Plummer does a great job, once again. She narrates as if she's telling her own story, really bringing it to life through the eyes of Allison.
Near the end, when Zeke relays his message to Allie on the laptop. Very moving.
I didn't enjoy The Eternity Cure as much as I enjoyed The Immortal Rules, but I'm still looking forward to the next book. The ending made up for the two or three occasions when I thought the story line was moving a bit slowly. I also like that the author left us with a cliffhanger ending that, while leaving us wondering what will happen next, isn't so abrupt as to completely frustrate the readers (I'm talking to you, Kresley Cole!).
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