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Nancy

Danville, CA, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • Savage Awakening: Alpha Pack Series #2

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By J. D. Tyler
    • Narrated By Kirsten Potter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (609)
    Performance
    (561)
    Story
    (563)

    After a mission goes wrong, Aric Savage is taken prisoner. Half-dead and despairing, he makes a stunning discovery: His Pack-mate Micah Chase, who was reported dead, is a fellow captive. When the Alpha team goes into full-rescue mode, accompanying them is an absolute stunner with sable hair - and a spine of solid steel.... LAPD officer and Psy Dreamwalker Rowan Chase has one priority: her brother Micah's recovery. Still, she can't help but be drawn to Aric, the ruggedly handsome wolf shifter who pleasures her as no man ever has - however fleeting their affair is destined to be.

    CAROLYN says: "SECOND SLICE OF THE SEXY SUPERNATURAL SEAL SERIES"
    "Bland and Formulaic"
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    After reading the 1st book in the series, I was under-whelmed and hesitant to continue. Reviews were stronger for the second release so I was hopeful the story would pick up. I did not find that to be the case. The characters are well-developed and that is a plus. The over-arching premise is good and that's what ultimately enticed me to continue. I think it's the pace of the plot that's dragging it down. It's slow and predictable. Also, while I usually like a good dose of sex along with my paranormal romance, I found myself just fast forwarding through those scenes in this book. While the promise is there, ultimately the story just doesn't deliver any excitement. I've been on quite a paranormal listening streak lately, and I can think of at least a half dozen other books I'd rather go listen to again rather than continue in this vein. As far as the narration goes, the narrator has a style of delivery that isn't very nuanced. It's very forceful, deliberate and at times unnecessarily dramatic. While she gives each character a distinct voice which I fully appreciated, there's an overall tone of either derision or disgust with maybe a pinch of anger. So many sentences seemed to end in an implied "G*d d*mn it!" Sometimes that's appropriate for the content of the conversation, most of the time, however, I wanted the narrator to dig deeper and find the nuance and subtlety. Overall, not a horrible book, just horribly average. I'm going to pass on the rest of the series.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Hard As It Gets: A Hard Ink Novel, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Laura Kaye
    • Narrated By Seraphine Valentine
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (307)
    Performance
    (285)
    Story
    (287)

    Trouble just walked into Nicholas Rixey's tattoo parlor. Becca Merritt is warm, sexy, wholesome, pure temptation to a very jaded Nick. He's left his military life behind to become co-owner of Hard Ink Tattoo, but Becca is his ex-commander's daughter. Loyalty won't let him turn her away. Lust has plenty to do with it too. With her brother presumed kidnapped, Becca needs Nick. She just wasn't expecting to want him so much.

    L.W. says: "Good Story...."
    "2 things you should know before you buy..."
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    I wish I had known these two things prior to investing in this series. 1) the narrator, especially in the first book, speaks really slowly. I listened to the whole thing on 1.25 to 1.50 speed which, while annoying, was less annoying than listening at normal speed. Take a careful listen to sample first. Narrator did have good emotion and distinct characters. 2) the over-arching story doesn't come anywhere near getting resolved. I'm guessing you'll have to listen to all 5 or 6 books before you see the head bad guy get his comeuppance -- whoever that is because I still don't know. I think I was expecting that solving this one crime would band the friends together again, and then maybe they'd start their own business. I was thinking each book would be a separate crime and a new relationship. I'm feeling a little mislead but reluctantly pulled in. Felt a little like a bait & switch. I thought I was buying a complete story but what I got was a fairly complete romance and about 1/6th of a crime novel. Grrr...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Play

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Kylie Scott
    • Narrated By Andi Arndt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (957)
    Performance
    (909)
    Story
    (910)

    Kylie Scott returns with the highly anticipated followup to international best seller LICK Mal Ericson, drummer for the world famous rock band Stage Dive, needs to clean up his image fast - at least for a little while. Having a good girl on his arm should do the job just fine. Mal doesn’t plan on this temporary fix becoming permanent, but he didn’t count on finding the one right girl.

    Edyta says: "A really fun style of writing!!"
    "Cute!"
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    An easy listen. Cute. Not too deep. A well done light weight romance. I always appreciate when an author can take an implausible story line and make us forget how unlikely it would be for any of us regular people to meet up and have an immediate love connection with some bigger-than-life famous person. The narrator did a nice job differentiating characters without getting overly dramatic. I'd listen to another book from this author.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lover Reborn: A Novel of the Black Dagger Brotherhood, Book 10

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By J.R. Ward
    • Narrated By Jim Frangione
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1852)
    Performance
    (1667)
    Story
    (1682)

    Ever since the death of his shellan, Tohrment has been unrecognizable from the vampire leader he once was. Physically emaciated and heartbroken beyond despair, he has been brought back to the Brotherhood by a self-serving fallen angel. Now, fighting once again with ruthless vengeance, he is unprepared to face a new kind of tragedy. When Tohr begins to see his beloved in his dreams - trapped in a cold, isolated netherworld far from the peace and tranquility of the Fade - he turns to the angel in hopes of saving the one he has lost.

    CAROLYN says: "EVERY SINGLE PARAGRAPH WAS JUST..... WOW"
    "Just not making enough progress"
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    I keep thinking I'm done with this series, then I get hurried & bored and make another impulse buy. I have two main gripes. 1) Each new book is presumably about a new couple, but it's really not. It's half a new story and the other half of the prior characters' story from the previous book--which is how she keeps you on the hook. You're always only half way through someone else's story. You must read the next book to really get that sense of completion, but then you get sucked in to a new story that starts to get told. 2) I could probably live with that sneaky device, but the over-arching story just isn't progressing fast enough for me. Getting bored with the Lessers? No problem, we'll just create a new group to battle. These BDB dudes are stuck on a hamster wheel and don't even know it. Other minor issues: The Brotherhood lingo. It grates after a while. You dig? Sitch instead of situation. Natch instead of naturally. It's a weird "combo" of shortened words and 70's Mod Squad-like turns of phrases. Groovy. Also, I guess I'm the lone dissenter, but I'm not a fan of the narrator. He does a lot of quick inhalations that distract me, and the biggest distraction is he likes to emphasize the vowel sounds of most single syllable words. Who knew variations of the word "ease" could used so many times in one book, except it's not "ease," it's, "eeeeeaaaasse."

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lover Awakened: Black Dagger Brotherhood, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By J.R. Ward
    • Narrated By Jim Frangione
    Overall
    (2307)
    Performance
    (1536)
    Story
    (1560)

    The vampire Zsadist is a former blood slave with a violent past. When he meets Bella, Zsadist thinks her human love could be his path to salvation. Then Bella is kidnapped, and Zsadist will stop at nothing to get her back.

    Annette Gingrich says: "LOVED IT! WAITING FOR BOOK 4"
    "Where are we going with this?"
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    I initially detested the first book in the series. At first blush it seemed so cheesy, like a cheap dime store novel. But, every time I went to get a new book to listen to I'd see everyone's overwhelmingly positive reviews to JR Ward and I finally decided I must have been in a bad mood. I re-listened and changed my stance somewhat. I think what cheapens these novels is the narrator. Again, at first listen he seems smooth and dramatic, but he actually ended up reminding me of Captain James T. Kirk of the Starship Enterprise -- not in the way he sounds, but in the overly dramatic delivery. I started obsessing with how he said anything to do with the word "easy." He says "eeeeeased, eeeeeasier, eeeeasy. Who knew the word ease, easy, easier, eased could be used so much within one book? If it's a single syllable word, expect the vowel sound to be draaawwwwn out. Enough about the narration. The story line is initially intriguing, but I'm not sure where the over-arching story is going, starting to feel a little soap opera-ish. I'd say I'm adequately entertained, the pacing and such seems good, yet occasionally I'll fall asleep listening at night, and I'll pick it up 4 hours later not feeling like I missed a thing. It's fair to say I'm no longer a hater, but I don't see what all the hullabaloo is about. The series is okay.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wild Man

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Kristen Ashley
    • Narrated By Kate Russell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (607)
    Performance
    (570)
    Story
    (567)

    While filling the display case in her bakery, the bell over the door sounds and Tessa O'Hara looks up to see the man of her dreams. Within thirty seconds he asks her out for a beer. But after four months of dating, she discovers he's an undercover DEA agent-and he's investigating her possible role in her ex-husband's drug business. For Tess, this means their relationship is over.

    Katheryne says: "The Dream Man Series is Irresistible"
    "A Missed Opportunity"
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    The publisher's summary leads one to believe this is a story about an undercover DEA agent falling in love with his innocent mark. Au contraire! That's just the short prologue. The reader gets to check in after all the good stuff has happened. We check in at the point where she's brought in for questioning, forgives him, then decides to give the relationship a try. The story is really all about how two people make a relationship work when they both have crazy ex-spouses bent on mayhem, meddlesome family and friends with tons of baggage, and their own terrible life experiences to contend with. I think the story would have been way more interesting if we got to be there from the get-go, right when the deception started. We didn't even get glimpses of their early relationship via flashbacks. I felt gypped! I also felt the f-bomb was extremely over-used. I'm not against the f-bomb when it fleshes out a character and makes sense within the context of the story, however; this was just f-bomb ridiculous! And f-bomb distracting! Plus, I found the sex scenes boring. I made good use of my fast forward button. Finally, the narrator decided a lot of the characters needed to have Joey the Thug, I hang out with Snookie on the Jersey shore accents even though we're in Colorado and nobody was an east coast transplant--another distraction. 2 stars seems a little harsh, and I almost gave it a 3 star rating, or an average rating. After all, I finished it without having to force myself. The characters were likeable and I did want to see them get their HEA. I'd say this one fell just a pinch short of average for the genre.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Justice: New Species, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Laurann Dohner
    • Narrated By Vanessa Chambers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (637)
    Performance
    (596)
    Story
    (598)

    Justice North is the face of New Species. Seeing him up close makes Jessie’s heart race. He’s the ultimate alpha male - big, muscular, exotically beautiful… and dangerous. Of course he’s off limits. But then the sexy man purrs and all bets are off. Jessie Dupree is a mouthy, fiery human female who brings out the animal in Justice. She wants to show him how to relax, and he’s all for anything she wants to do, but Justice has sworn to protect his people and to take a Species mate.

    BluBumbleB says: "Aaaaahhhhhhh Justice, YES!!"
    "Average is sometimes good enough"
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    Everything about this series is just average. The over-arching story is more compelling than each individual story which is probably why I've kept listening. Well, that plus I've had some really long car drives and about 30 seconds to make a quick purchase. Sometimes, I feel the author has the character verbally over-explaining their position in a very unnatural way. Thoughts that the average person would just bounce around in their head gets explained via dialogue to other characters ad nauseam. The result feels very juvenile, like either the character is dim-witted or the author thinks the reader is dim-witted. The narrator has improved over the series, though I don't understand why the fanatics all have southern accents, the criminals all have Jersey accents, and a female species character who learned to speak from scientists talks like an air-headed valley girl. Ah well, I think it's safe to say this one is the end of the line for me. The over-arching story has stalled out, I fast forward through the boring sex scenes, the plot it utterly predictable, and I just don't care anymore. This series is not a waste of a credit, but it's not a keeper either.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Macrieve: Immortals After Dark, Book 13

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Kresley Cole
    • Narrated By Robert Petkoff
    Overall
    (941)
    Performance
    (883)
    Story
    (886)

    Uilleam MacRieve, a centuries-old Lykae warrior, was captured, caged, and experimented on by a shadowy human order, along with other immortals. During a prison break that devolved into one of the bloodiest massacres in recent history, he escapes. But the aftermath of his unspeakable torture preys on his damaged mind, while the wolf inside him roars for vengeance and carnage. In the days leading up to the full moon, can MacRieve rein in his beast, even when he encounters his mate - a vexingly impossible female unlike anything he'd ever dreamed for himself?

    Angela says: "AUTOMATIC DOWNLOAD!"
    "Great except for 'to be continued' ending"
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    I've enjoyed this entire series and I've re-listened to all of them. I'm sure I'll re-listen to this one as well. While hugely enjoyable, Macrieve seemed not to have as much nail-biting tension as the previous releases--not as action packed perhaps. I was wondering if the author was distracted by her work on the new Poison Princess series. It's plenty satisfying nevertheless. As usual Robert Petkoff did an outstanding job with narration. He delivers the story exactly as how I'd hear it in my own head if I were actually reading the story. The conclusion was really the introduction to the next book in the series which really does nothing but annoy me because I want instant satisfaction! I want the next book now! Her previous releases wrapped things up more neatly, so I found that a bit disappointing. Kresley Cole sets the standard for paranormal romance. If paranormal romance with lots of action is what you're looking for, you've found the right author.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Beautiful Bastard

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Christina Lauren
    • Narrated By Grace Grant
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1383)
    Performance
    (1274)
    Story
    (1284)

    Whip-smart, hardworking, and on her way to an MBA, Chloe Mills has only one problem: her boss, Bennett Ryan. He’s exacting, blunt, inconsiderate - and completely irresistible. A beautiful bastard. Bennett has returned to Chicago from France to take a vital role in his family’s massive media business. He never expected that the assistant who’d been helping him from abroad was the gorgeous, innocently provocative - completely infuriating - creature he now has to see every day. Despite the rumors, he’s never been one for a workplace hookup. But Chloe’s so tempting he’s willing to bend the rules....

    Katheryne says: "HHHOOOOOOOOOOTTTTTT!"
    "Light on Character Development, Heavy on Sex"
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    Lots of sex from the get go. I never really felt like I understood what motivated each character (other than the physical), so I never really felt invested in their intimacy. I kept waiting for an explanation of the male character's hateful behavior, but it never really came together convincingly for me. He was mostly just a jerk. Late in the book I felt like we started to get to know both characters better; I just wished the author had spent some time developing that aspect earlier in the book. For the amount of sex, they were pretty conventional about it. The taboo came from engaging in intimate activities in socially unacceptable locations, i.e., his office, his parent's bathroom, etc. The narrator did a solid job. The story is told from each characters' first person perspective. Occasionally, when the author was speaking from the male perspective, she'd fail to deepen her voice enough and I'd lose track of which character's thoughts I was listening to--mostly that was my fault for not paying enough attention. Nevertheless, she did a very good job with bringing the characters to life. Overall, it was mildly entertaining and kinda cute. I won't listen to another book from this author, but I'm not disappointed that I purchased this one either. Sometimes lots of sex and little story is just the thing, so if that's what you're in the mood for...go for it!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dragon Bound: Elder Races Series #1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Thea Harrison
    • Narrated By Sophie Eastlake
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2163)
    Performance
    (1906)
    Story
    (1920)

    Half human and half Wyr, Pia Giovanni spent her life keeping a low profile among the Wyrkind and avoiding the continuing conflict between them and their Dark Fae enemies. But after being blackmailed into stealing a coin from the hoard of a dragon, Pia finds herself targeted by one of the most powerful---and passionate---of the Elder Races.

    V says: "Woo Freakin Hoo!"
    "Old Style Romance in Paranormal Setting"
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    If Harlequin did paranormal in the '80's, this would have been it. I think I was expecting more nail-biting drama, but overall I was adequately satisfied with this fully fleshed out, somewhat lighthearted tale. Maybe lighthearted isn't the right word. There was conflict and suspense after all, it just never really gripped me in a way that had me emotionally invested. I'd give it a weak 4 stars or perhaps a strong 3 stars, just slightly better than average. I was concerned about the narration because I read one review that said all the characters sounded like surfers from Southern California even though the characters reside in New York. Born and raised near the beach in Southern California, I did not think I could handle that for 16 hours--had enough of that, thank you very much. But, seriously, they did not sound like So Cal surfers, except for maybe the character Tricks. To me, a lot of the characters sounded more like bored socialites. Maybe not from New York, but definitely not surfers from So Cal either. (I mean, seriously, I would like, you know, totally know.) The narrator did an average job. There was not enough distinction between characters to warrant any more than an average rating for narration. She didn't necessarily detract from the story, but she certainly didn't add. I might listen to another in the series. I just need to reset my expectation level.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Dead Witch Walking

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Kim Harrison
    • Narrated By Marguerite Gavin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3102)
    Performance
    (2179)
    Story
    (2182)

    Rachel Morgan is a runner with the Inderland Runner Services, apprehending law-breakers throughout Cincinnati. She's also a witch, one of the many Inderlanders who revealed themselves after a genetically engineered virus wiped out 50 percent of humanity. Witches, warlocks, vampires, werewolves: the creatures of dreams and nightmares have lived beside humans for centuries, hiding their powers. But now they've stopped hiding, and nothing will be the same.

    Patti says: "wildly entertaining"
    "Stringing me along..."
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    A light weight, easy listen that ultimately left me unsatisfied. Going in I understood this was the beginning of a series. I listen to a lot of those. I get that you're left with teasers so you'll want to continue with the series. Usually, however, many of the initial mysteries or conflicts from the beginning of the book are somewhat resolved with new issues cropping up near the end so that you'll be enticed to continue the next book. This one didn't really resolve those early questions and didn't really introduce new mysteries near the end either. Consequently, it feels a little incomplete, and I feel a little ripped off. I'm admittedly curious about some of those unresolved issues, but not enough to get strung along lackadaisically. It starts to feel a little soap opera-ish when books do that. As for the narrator, she was fine. She did a solid, middle-of-the-road job. I wouldn't mind listening to her again. The bottom line: If you're looking for a series that will keep you occupied for a long time but won't be too mentally absorbing, this book promises a series that will definitely fit the bill. If you want high drama and a definite conclusion, keep moving.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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