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Elaine

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  • Deadline

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Sandra Brown
    • Narrated By Stephen Lang
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (183)
    Performance
    (162)
    Story
    (164)

    Dawson Scott is a well-respected journalist recently returned from Afghanistan. Haunted by everything he experienced, he's privately suffering from battle fatigue which is a threat to every aspect of his life. But then he gets a call from a source within the FBI. A new development has come to light in a story that began 40 years ago. It could be the BIG story of Dawson's career one in which he has a vested interest.

    Elaine says: "Unbelievably mediocre!"
    "Unbelievably mediocre!"
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    I was so disappointed with this latest from Sandra Brown. The prologue and first couple of chapters were fine though, like Dawson, I couldn't care less about the what happened to the baby of the terrorists. It had no relevance to Dawson (nor me the reader) at the time but I trudged on certain that Ms Brown would trigger some interest on my part.

    Instead, the ensuing chapters read like Women's Fiction, focusing on a divorced Amy and her home life which revolved around her kids and an unlikeable Steph, her kids
    nanny. It took too long for any suspense or real mystery to kick in and by then I was bored to tears.

    I found this a very unSandra-Brown book.

    Stephen Lang's narration didn't help either. I didn't care for him in Chill Factor but I think he's worse here. While I like that he softens his voice for the female parts, in general he is boring and doesn't bring life to the characters or the scenes. I hope, if the author continues to write, that she will return to her previous style where there was drama, suspense and romance - and that the audio producers can get Slezak or Phil Gigante. Anyone else but Lang though Lang is still better than any female.

    15 of 17 people found this review helpful
  • Catch My Breath

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By M. J. O'Shea
    • Narrated By Tyler Stevens
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (29)
    Performance
    (28)
    Story
    (28)

    Danny Bright was born to entertain. He just needs his big break. So when he hears that Blue Horizon Records is holding auditions looking for the next big thing, Danny jumps at the chance. It doesn't turn out exactly as he imagined, though. Instead of getting solo contracts, Danny and four other guys are put into a boy band. Innocent, idealistic Elliot Price thinks he's headed for college. An impulsive decision to sing in the local talent search changes all that. A bigwig producer happens to see him, hands him a business card, and turns Elliot's life upside down.

    Elaine says: "Okay story but it was narrator that blew me away!"
    "Okay story but it was narrator that blew me away!"
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    The story was pleasant. Not great but something nice to listen to when you're in the mood for a plain ol' contemporary romance between 18 year-olds; ie, no serial killers, cops or Feds, just first-time, relationship-centered. It's well-written and flows smoothly.

    But Tyler Stevens. He was surprisingly excellent! I was expecting him to make the two MCs sound like flaming queens but no, Stevens' voice, while still sounding effeminate (to my ears) was fluid like soft, warm honey. His performance was definitely 5 stars - great pacing and expressiveness (unlike the dreadful Jeff Gelder) and none of that gasping for breath before each sentence that most male narrators are guilty of.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Grand Passion

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Jayne Ann Krentz
    • Narrated By Richard Ferrone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (61)
    Performance
    (55)
    Story
    (57)

    When the handsome, wealthy Max Fortune, art collector extraordinaire, inherits five paintings at the death of his long-time friend and benefactor, he expects to receive them. Instead, his benefactor leaves only a clue to their whereabouts in a cryptic note which reads, "The most precious things I leave you, you'll find at the Robbins' Nest Inn."

    Elaine says: "Narrator sounds like a dirty old man"
    "Narrator sounds like a dirty old man"
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    This was one of my favorite JAKs and the narrator ruined it. Why do they pick a narrator with such an old-sounding voice for a contemporary romance? Ferrone may be great for non-fiction, but definitely NOT for a lighthearted romance.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dark Paradise

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Tami Hoag
    • Narrated By Joyce Bean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (134)
    Performance
    (109)
    Story
    (112)

    New Eden, Montana, is a piece of heaven on earth where one woman died in her own private hell. Now it’s up to ex-court reporter Marilee Jennings to decipher the puzzle of her best friend’s death. But someone has a stake in silencing her suspicion. Someone with secrets worth killing for - and the power to turn this beautiful haven into a...dark paradise.

    Meredith says: "Not good"
    "Foul-mouthed heroine not a good start"
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    I couldn't get past the first couple of chapters. First thing the heroine says to the hero whom she's meeting the first time is "Who the fuck are you?". Granted she thought he had no business being in her missing friend's house but...

    And so said "intruder" (who wasn't an intruder) decides to act the jerk by making coarse sexual come-ons to scare the heroine off the property. There's a place for the word "fuck" and for pretend-jerks. This is not the type of book for them. I have not read Ms Hoags new books, the non-romance ones, but if this is how she writes her heroines in her romantic suspense, it's no wonder she's now writing pure suspense.

    Unless, of course, her 21st century suspense heroines are still rough as guts as the one here.

    Joyce Bean is as good as always, though.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Scream for Me: A Novel of the Night Hunter

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Cynthia Eden
    • Narrated By Emily Beresford
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (34)
    Performance
    (28)
    Story
    (27)

    They were only supposed to have a professional relationship, but FBI agent Kyle McKenzie has been fantasizing about his sexy partner, Cadence Hollow, from the moment they first met. It takes the darkest case of their careers to finally bring their hidden desire bubbling to the surface. Once they’re in each other’s arms, though, they swear that nothing short of death will part them.

    Elaine says: "Horrible narrator; poorly-written story"
    "Horrible narrator; poorly-written story"
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    First, the narrator has a high, nasal voice which makes it hard to tolerate for long periods. Beresford didn't improve in this third installment and I ended up aborting the audio and just reading the ebook.

    Even that proved difficult because the author got a lot of details mixed up, which disrupted my reading as I had to keep going back to check if I remembered wrong or the author was making mistakes. It was the author. The obvious lack of quality editing plus the unpleasant narration made this a dismal experience.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Slow Heat in Heaven

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Sandra Brown
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (564)
    Performance
    (337)
    Story
    (341)

    The adopted daughter of the most powerful man in town, Schyler Crandall left Heaven, Louisiana, a brokenhearted girl. Now a crisis has brought her home to a family in conflict, a logging empire on the brink of disaster, and seething secrets that make Heaven hotter than hell.

    bluebelle says: "Spectacular, Kept me guessing the whole time!"
    "A classic favorite! Prefer a different narrator"
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    This is one of my enduring classics by Sandra Brown. I know a lot of SB fans who read and listen to her oldies over and over again. Cash Boudreaux has never left my memories of bad-boy heroes and steaming Southern romances. His name is one of the two that readily comes to mind when I'm asked for a favorite hero (the other is JD Robb's Roarke) even though Cash is rough, uncouth and brimming over with passion. He made SiH into a contemporary bodice-ripper that send my bosom heaving, indeed.

    The narrator has never been a favorite of mine. Hill's voice and narrating style always conjures up the image of an old man in his armchair with a pipe.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Carolina Moon

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Dean Robertson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (224)
    Performance
    (141)
    Story
    (147)

    Tory Bodeen grew up in a small, rundown house where her father ruled with an iron fist and a leather belt - and where her dreams and talents had no room to flourish. But she had Hope - who lived in the big house, just a short skip away, and whose friendship allowed Tory to be something she wasn't allowed to be at home: a child. But after Hope's brutal murder, Tory's life fell apart. Now grown, she's trying to find a measure of peace. But Hope's killer is still nearby.

    paula lewis says: "Good and Bad"
    "Technical problem ruined the book for me"
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    This is a very poor copy as the voice is not smooth. It's clearly a technical issue as I stopped to listen to another audiobook to compare. Hopefully, Audible will correct this.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bonds of Denial: Wicked Play, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Lynda Aicher
    • Narrated By Decklan McKenna
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (82)
    Performance
    (80)
    Story
    (79)

    It's been 20 years since Rockford Fielding's father punished him for kissing another boy. Rock continues to deny his true desires, even while working security at The Den, the most decadent sex club in town. But after a year of watching gorgeous Carter Montgomery come and go on the arms of other men, Rock can no longer resist the cravings he's denied for so long. One charmingly awkward date turns into two and soon the men are meeting off the clock. But with Rock in the closet and Carter unsure how to pursue a real relationship, how can they build a future both in and out of the bedroom?

    DK says: "A Bit Disappointing After The Others In The Series"
    "Good narrator but average story"
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    McKenna's voice is rich and compelling but, unfortunately, the story gets boring after a promising start. The scenes between Rock and Carter are repetitive and as a listener, I was stuck with that. At least with an ebook or hard copy, I can skip those parts easily. Not possible with an Audible audio because I don't even get chapters and it's a pain to get to where I want, or return to my last spot.

    There are heaps of better rent-boy/hooker stories out there.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • One Week Girlfriend: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs)
    • By Monica Murphy
    • Narrated By Kate Rudd, Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (124)
    Performance
    (117)
    Story
    (115)

    Temporary. That's the word I'd use to describe my life right now. I'm temporarily working double shifts - at least until I can break free. I'm temporarily raising my little brother - since apparently our actual mother doesn't give a crap about either of us. And I always end up as nothing but the temporary girlfriend - the flavor of the week for every guy who's heard the rumor that I give it up so easily.

    Jordy says: "Drew & Fable story is heartwrenching, but I loved!"
    "What was all the fuss about?"
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    I went in knowing this was New Adult, that it was about couples aged between 20 and 25. No prob with that. My gripe is that the teenaged characters that appear in some of the romances or romantic suspense I normally read come across with more character strength and attractiveness than these two MCs. Drew is a good-looking quarterback but sounds like a dweeb no girl would be caught dating.

    Luke Daniel made Drew Callahan's father sound like a feeble old lady. I don't understand why Mr Callahan was given such a high, quavery voice. Instead of the successful businessman who made his money in the world of finance, he sounded like an elderly spinster aunt. Daniel's voice is lovely so it's so strange that he chose to make the elder Callahan sound the way he did.

    Anyway, this turned out to be a dud for me and the genre will go the way Chick Lit and Women's Fiction did for me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sworn to Protect: Sugarland Blue Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Jo Davis
    • Narrated By Sean Crisden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    Detective Shane Ford, Sugarland's favorite cop, has been blindsided by the sudden death of his best friend, NFL star Brad Cooper, and by becoming the legal guardian of Brad's son, Drew - a bitter, angry 16-year-old with a dangerous secret. Shane is determined to pry the truth from Drew, but he manages only to alienate him - and winds up going head-to-head with Juvenile Officer Daisy Callahan, whose job is to protect the teen's best interests.

    Elaine says: "Great Narrator, lousy story"
    "Great Narrator, lousy story"
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    The author has not changed much in the six years since she published Trial by Fire. The hero is still introduced to readers as having nothing but sex in his brain right in the middle of work. This time, though, Shane gets a better deal than the hero in TbF. Howard, I think his name was, was obsessing over the heroine's breasts right in the middle of fighting a fire and rescuing the trapped victims. At least Shane wasn't right in the middle of a crime scene but still, it's a police squad room and work is in progress but we get a whole paragraph detailing his sexual thoughts about Daisy. Puhlease.

    I felt bad for Sean Crisden because he's one of my fav narrators and I wish he were narrating the Karen Rose books. Or the other serious romantic suspense titles, not this piece of nonsense. Sworn to Protect was not worth even the Whispersync price because I had to buy the Kindle first.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Aftershock

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Jill Sorenson
    • Narrated By Piper Goodeve
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (24)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (18)

    As an emergency paramedic, Lauren Boyer is dedicated and highly capable. Until an earthquake strikes, trapping her beneath the freeway with a group of strangers - including Iraq war veteran Garrett Wright.… Handsome and take-charge Garrett aids Lauren in her rescue efforts, even as the steely look in his eyes seems to hide dark secrets. When a gang of escaped convicts goes on the attack, Garrett's bravery makes him more than a courageous bystander to Lauren. If they can save the others before time runs out, maybe, just maybe, they can explore the fire igniting between them.

    Diva says: "A bit disappointing - not Jill Sorenson's Best"
    "Good story ruined by poor audio production!"
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    This was a good story but the audio production is poor. The narrator already has a rather weak voice and is the wrong choice for a suspense/action romance. The entire experience was made worse by the muted, woolly sound which is the result of poor quality control in the production dept rather than the narrator's fault.

    I tested the other two books and the productions seems better. Hopefully, it will help minimize the weakness of the narrator's voice.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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