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Vilma

Brandon, FL, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • Fifty Shades Darker: Book Two of the Fifty Shades Trilogy

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By E. L. James
    • Narrated By Becca Battoe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9309)
    Performance
    (8108)
    Story
    (8123)

    Daunted by the singular tastes and dark secrets of the beautiful, tormented young entrepreneur Christian Grey, Anastasia Steele has broken off their relationship to start a new career with a Seattle publishing house. But desire for Christian still dominates her every waking thought, and when he proposes a new arrangement, Anastasia cannot resist.

    Tracy L says: "I CAN'T LISTEN ANY LONGER! I'M BUYING THE BOOK."
    "Random House trick me! Shame on ME for purchasing"
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    Even so I told myself I wasn’t purchasing the 2nd or 3rd one I felt I should after the note posted regarding Random House “re-mastered” copy. For those that had anything to do with the producing or decision makers of this audible, this section is for you:

    Re’mas’ter =(Noun) a new master copy of earlier recorder / (Verb transitive) make better quality copy of old recording. To make a new copy of a recording using new technology in order to improve its quality.

    Well the 2nd book is not better and no new technology that improve the quality. Same narrator and yeah it lost the child inflection and fast marathon narration that Becca Battoe gives to the first one but its terrible when it come to the voices for the male characters. The inflections leave a lot to be desire too, pauses and emphasis on sections that doesn’t make sense and just confuse the listener. Also sometime she forgets to change voice inflection and I didn’t even know which character was speaking. I’m still blaming the producers or decision maker for the narration choice.
    You really can’t ask more from the narrator when her only experience on narrating books is over teens (6 books) and children’s books (4 books). Look her up, I did. After listening to over 480 audio books I know what I like and don’t like from a narrator. I increase my review to 2 stars from the first book, just because she lost the "bubble gum" voice.
    The love story between Christian and Ana is so intense, and so many unanswered questions from the first were answer on this one. The adult content take a second stage to their story.

    68 of 77 people found this review helpful
  • Midnight's Seduction: Dark Warriors, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Donna Grant
    • Narrated By Arika Escalona
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (91)
    Performance
    (84)
    Story
    (83)

    Captivating and enticing, Saffron Fletcher is a rarity in the Druid world - a Seer. She is the ultimate prize in an epic battle. After suffering horrendously at the hands of evil, her thirst for justice is all that keeps her going. Can she put her trust in the sinfully gorgeous, wonderfully dangerous Warrior who haunts her dreams and promises retribution for their common enemy? Camdyn MacKenna is hungry for revenge.... Until he falls prey to Saffron's seductive magic. She enchants him like no other. But if Camdyn yields to her allure, will he be strong enough to defeat their sworn enemy - and resist the rising forces of evil.

    Vilma says: "Dont be angry!"
    "Dont be angry!"
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    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Arika Escalona?

    Kirsten Potter. I wish Arika Escalona doesnt end some of the sentences like she is angry.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Time Untime: The Dark Hunter, Book 21

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Sherrilyn Kenyon
    • Narrated By Holter Graham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (515)
    Performance
    (477)
    Story
    (484)

    The Mayans aren’t the only ones with a 2012 prophecy.… Long before recorded history, there was a Keetoowah warrior so feared that everyone trembled before his wrath. Only a brutal betrayal by the one closest to him could defeat him. But not even death was the end of a man so strong. Kateri Avani has been plagued her entire life with dreams she doesn’t understand. Images of places she’s never been and of a man she’s never seen. Her quest for answers has driven her to Las Vegas where she hopes to finally silence the demons in her mind. What she never anticipates is coming face to face with the warrior who has haunted her her entire life....

    R. Smith says: "What have they done?"
    "Dark Hunter? Really?"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Yeah, the story. I end up listening to the first 5 chapter 3 times before continuing I kept getting lost and thought I wasn't paying attention but in truth it was all over the place. Even so some names and characters were familiar with the Dark Hunter series it was missing a clear story line. In some parts too much inner rambling, life lectures, too much jumping between their present and their past, etc.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Waiting for Rapture J.R. Ward.


    Which character – as performed by Holter Graham – was your favorite?

    Love Holter Graham, he is one of my favorite narrators. He does a wonderfull job giving life to the words.


    Do you think Time Untime needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Please no, leave this story line behind...I'm actually looking forward to the next book Stixx.


    Any additional comments?

    I was relistening to some of the earlier Dark Hunters books and this one doesn't seem part of the series. Don't get me wrong I love the series but I notice that the last 2 books were moving away from "vintage Dark Hunter"(don't know how else to explain it). It's not what I have come to expect from the Dark Hunter seires. Not one of my favorites...but not ready to call it quit on the series, still have hope it will get back on track with the next book

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Fifty Shades Freed: Book Three of the Fifty Shades Trilogy

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By E. L. James
    • Narrated By Becca Battoe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8290)
    Performance
    (7282)
    Story
    (7302)

    When unworldly student Anastasia Steele first encountered the driven and dazzling young entrepreneur Christian Grey it sparked a sensual affair that changed both of their lives irrevocably. Shocked, intrigued, and, ultimately, repelled by Christian’s singular erotic tastes, Ana demands a deeper commitment. Determined to keep her, Christian agrees. Now, Ana and Christian have it all - love, passion, intimacy, wealth, and a world of possibilities for their future. But Ana knows that loving her Fifty Shades will not be easy.

    SIMARA says: "We ate the dessert first..."
    "Do the right thing!-Random House"
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    The story is fabulous! The audio is NOT! I gave one star but it doesnt even deserve that. My favorite part is (Spoiler alert) where Christian is drunk and talk to Ana's tummy "And we have an invader in here". I'm quoting from the book since I couldn’t even finish this one.
    I would never listen or purchase another book with Becca Battoe as the narrator, let me rephrase that, OH HELL NO! After listening to the first 2, I couldn't stomach the third narration. I had enough to last me a lifetime. Advice to Becca "RETIRE from doing audio books unless Random House is foolish enough to pay you to do another one, then take their money and run". I was so looking forward to the audio after reading the books, but I don’t even want them in my library anymore.
    I thought Random House was going to fix it since they received horrible reviews about the audio (snort) but again, what was I thinking, they did all 3 using the same narrator even after the horrible reviews they got and continue to get on Audible, I can tell they are probably laughing all the way to the bank since I don't think I can get my money back which I would like very much. I can see how much Random House value the opinion of their listeners. Random House owes all their listeners a do over with another narrator for all 3 books or give us our money back, Do the right thing! I'm sure I'm not the only one who would like their money back.

    45 of 61 people found this review helpful
  • Lothaire: Immortals After Dark

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Kresley Cole
    • Narrated By Robert Petkoff
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1268)
    Performance
    (1183)
    Story
    (1186)

    Driven by his insatiable need for revenge, Lothaire, the Lore’s most ruthless vampire, plots to seize the Horde’s crown. But bloodlust and torture have left him on the brink of madness - until he finds Elizabeth Peirce, the key to his victory. He captures the unique young mortal, intending to offer up her very soul in exchange for power, yet Elizabeth soothes his tormented mind and awakens within him emotions Lothaire believed he could no longer experience.

    Nicola says: "Amazing Book"
    "The Enemy of Old is the MAN!"
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    Lothaire is the latest of IAD series and Kresley have done it once again. The series gets better with every book. Robert Petkoff is outstanding with the narration, it added so much live to the characters. Lothaire is such a complex character and has so much going on in his head and Robert was able to convey it all in such an amazing way. The story is brilliant with all the characteristic of her series, witty, funny, hot and steamy, Oh my! Getting to be along the journey of Lothaire and his idea of how his "bride" should be and his reality on how he sees his "bride" its quite a ride. I just wish the other books become available on audio so others can enjoy all the book in the series in order. Kresley Cole is one of my favorites neck and neck with J.R.Ward.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Warlord Wants Forever

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Kresley Cole
    • Narrated By Hagan Verret, Simone Fomhar
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (725)
    Performance
    (650)
    Story
    (661)

    Nikolai Wroth, once a ruthless human warlord in the 1700s and now a general in the rebel vampire army, needs to find his bride, the one woman who can render him truly alive. As a turned human, he doesn’t enjoy a heartbeat or breathing and is consequently weaker than fully blooded vampires. He wants his bride for the power she will bring him and can hardly believe it when his heart beats for Myst the Coveted, a mad, fey, mythological creature. Myst is known throughout the world as the most beautiful Valkyrie, part chillingly fierce warrior, part beguiling seductress....

    Amazon Customer says: "Big Disappointment"
    "AWESOME!"
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    Sexy, great plots, this series is not for the fainted heart HOT romance. Kresley Cole is amazing, witty and clever in her writing. She is one of my favorite???s authors. She goes beyond any of my expectations, I try to imagine where the story is going but she is too clever. This is the first installment of the Immortal after Dark series originally included in an romantic anthology. Get ready for the awesome ???Lore world??? created by Kresley Cole and enjoy the ride, I know I am.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Ravished by a Highlander: The Children of the Mist Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Paula Quinn
    • Narrated By Carrington MacDuffie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (698)
    Performance
    (503)
    Story
    (507)

    Davina Montgomery is no ordinary English lady. For her own protection, she’s been locked away from society, her true identity the Crown’s most closely guarded secret. Until a shocking betrayal—and a bold rescue—land her in the arms of a fierce Highlander, a powerful warrior whose searing gaze and tantalizing touch awaken her body and soul.

    Judy says: "Love those highlanders!"
    "A little vanilla"
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    I enjoyed the story but it's just a romance, even so I would still like listen to more stories about the rest of the McGregor brothers and cousins. I'm used to listen to Karen Marie Moning and Lynsay Sands higlander stories that are more steamy and sexy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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