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Robin

audiobook junkie, listen to at least 2 a week-- in traffic, while cleaning, laundry, boredom.. Fav is paranormal, romance, erotica...

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  • Naamah's Blessing: Naamah Series, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Jacqueline Carey
    • Narrated By Anne Flosnik
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (216)
    Performance
    (177)
    Story
    (182)

    Returning to Terre d'Ange, Moirin finds the royal family broken. Wracked by unrelenting grief at the loss of his wife, Queen Jehanne, King Daniel is unable to rule. Prince Thierry, leading an expedition to explore the deadly jungles of Terra Nova, is halfway across the world. And three-year-old Desiree is a vision of her mother: tempestuous, intelligent, and fiery, but desperately lonely and a vulnerable pawn in a game of shifting political allegiances. As tensions mount, King Daniel asks that Moirin become Desirée's oath-sworn protector.

    Robin says: "A Pleasure as always"
    "A Pleasure as always"
    Overall

    The final installment was a wonderful and exciting ride. I am sad it is over, but look forward to reading many more books from Carey in the future and hope she will revive stories set in Terre d'Ange and not give up on the wonderful world she has created.
    I highly recommend the entire series. The narrator is spot on. Start at the beginning of the series if you really want the full effect!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Professional: Part 2: The Game Maker

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Kresley Cole
    • Narrated By Kimberly Alexis
    Overall
    (367)
    Performance
    (342)
    Story
    (348)

    Mafia enforcer Aleksandr "The Siberian" Sevastyan’s loyalty to his boss is unwavering, until he meets the boss’ long-lost daughter, a curvy, tantalizing redhead who haunts his mind and heats his blood like no other. Ordered to protect her, Sevastyan will do anything to possess her as well - on his own wicked terms. PhD student Natalie Porter had barely recovered from her first sight of the breathtakingly gorgeous Sevastyan before the professional hit man whisks her away to Russia, thrusting her into a world of extreme wealth and wanton pleasures. With every day she spends under his protection, she falls deeper under his masterful spell.

    Katheryne says: "Middle Book Syndrome?"
    "Panting for #3"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This is the "middle" of the story and I get that this part is needed to move along the love story between Sevastyn and Natalie, but it did drag at times. If these 3 releases were all wrapped into one book it would be much much smoother and less start/stop. Sevastyn and Natalie still have great chemistry and its a short story so it needs to jump quickly to the "point" but this could have been much better done if it was a novel that gave more room for expanding the characters. I still think its a great book, but suggest that you wait until Part 3 is released then listen to them back-to-back. I am still waiting for Part 3 and have pre-ordered, so its still well worth a listen! Cole is still a fav of mine.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dark Lycan

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Christine Feehan
    • Narrated By Robert Sarkus
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (418)
    Performance
    (390)
    Story
    (383)

    Tatijana of the Dragonseekers spent centuries encased in ice with her sister, trapped in limbo between life and death, never speaking to a soul other than those who tormented her. Now, she has been freed from her frozen prison by an unknown descendent. Awakened in human form, Tatijana yearns to explore the modern world in which she now lives - a world with more mysteries than she is prepared for. Fenris Dalka has returned to the Carpathian Mountains after a long absence to be with his brother. He is scarred by centuries of battle, and every hard-won victory.

    Margaret says: "EXTREMELY DISAPPOINTED IN NARRATOR"
    "Ho-hum...."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Dark Lycan is certainly better than Dark Wolf-- i listened to them back to back (well..okay tried to..). But in both stories the character dialogue feels dated, stiff and forced. Sexual chemistry, magical worlds and romance is replaced with battle scenes and awkward dialogue. I have read and listened to the Dark series and never have felt this way. I wonder if Feehan needs to be inspired with a new series. If you just love Feehan and HAVE to read her, then choose Dark Lycan as it is the better of the two. Dark Wolf you might throw out the window. I feel cheated somehow. I just expected so much more from Feehan.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • How to Flirt with a Naked Werewolf

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Molly Harper
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4266)
    Performance
    (3277)
    Story
    (3282)

    Even in Grundy, Alaska, its unusual to find a naked guy with a bear trap clamped to his ankle on your porch. But when said guy turns into a wolf, recent southern transplant Mo Wenstein has no difficulty identifying the problem.

    Mariya says: "Preternaturally Funny"
    "Happiness in Harper"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Mo & Cooper are a great star-crossed lovers, with lots of laughs in between. Harper's writing flows smoothly and she never over-complicates a story but gives it a smooth finish and enough imagination that you are drawn in. I enjoyed the vamp series much more than the Alaska werewolves, but it is still well worth the credit. Never overtly filled with sex (which is nice sometimes), Molly is great at dialogue & characters that are spot-on and so realistic i can hear & see the characters vividly. Always a smooth, happy and entertaining read. The Alaska were's series were my holiday listen and they were pitch perfect for the season.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Professional: Part 1: The Game Maker, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Kresley Cole
    • Narrated By Kimberly Alexis
    Overall
    (455)
    Performance
    (422)
    Story
    (426)

    Mafiya enforcer Aleksandr "The Siberian" Sevastyan’s loyalty to his boss is unwavering, until he meets the boss’s long-lost daughter, a curvy, tantalizing redhead who haunts his mind and heats his blood like no other. Ordered to protect her, Sevastyan will do anything to possess her as well - on his own wicked terms. PhD student Natalie Porter had barely recovered from her first sight of the breathtakingly gorgeous Sevastyan before the professional hit man whisks her away to Russia, thrusting her into a world of extreme wealth and wanton pleasures.

    Marian says: "Serial series = more expensive audiobook"
    "Cole is dipping her toes...."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I love Kresley Cole with a passion. She is a brilliant author and I listen and re-listen to her Immortals After Dark series-- A Hunger Like no Other is still an all time fav! I was wondering if she could pull off contemporary erotica/rom, but she delivered! This story is sexy, silly, and stomach clinching all at the same time. Its the typical "Cinderella" type story-- normal girl becomes a princess after meeting the hot Russian prince. Natalie and Aleksandr are white hot explosive together and I can feel the sexual tension and attraction between them. I found Natalie a tad annoying in the beginning with her waffling youngish behavior, but then i remembered, she is young! I tell you, if i could mail order an alpha lover---- Aleksandr would do just fine for me. Their chemistry could have been racketed up a tad more if they had more angst-y fighting while "courting" --- but this is pure princess fantasy & a short story to boot, so it still works for me. Just listened to book 2 and counting down to book 3!
    The only annoying part is WAITING! Why-oh why did they do that?
    Cole should have just published this as a full book-- one shot. Not drawn it out by dipping her toes in to see if her fans freak or pull away. It is annoying to get into a listen then suddenly be doused with a cold shower while your all revved up.....Plunge in Cole....

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Dark Wolf: Carpathian (Dark Series, Book 25)

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Christine Feehan
    • Narrated By Phil Gigante, Natalie Ross
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (461)
    Performance
    (438)
    Story
    (442)

    In Dark Lycan, Christine Feehan journeyed into the heart of the Carpathians, and into the souls of two lifemates stirred by the flush of passion and the threat of annihilation. In Dark Wolf, the breathtaking story continues as the bonds of family are imperiled, and the fate of two lovers lies hidden in the seductive shadows between life and death.

    Paulette says: "Dark Wolf is Sensual, Funny, and Marvelous"
    "Feehan a huge let down..."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Feehan is the queen of para romance, and I love the Dark Carpathian series, but i feel like lately she needs to be re-energized. Is she bored with her own plot lines? Because i am. Skyler & Dimitiri had no magic, barely there romance and far too many battle scenes. Skyler's character and conversations made me cringe. I kept rolling my eyes thinking, "no one would say that". In fact i turned it off 75% through the story. The characters interactions were stilted, dated and lacked any inspiration what so ever. What is up Feehan? I was annoyed with both these characters so much that I yelled at them at one point. Skyler's tortured abuse history is a great plot to add dimension but her behavior was unrealistic and immature-- the conversations between her character and her lover were frustrating. Dimitri played the dutiful warrior and his behavior towards Skyler was sickly sweet and disingenuous. This listen lacked the para-magic, intrigue and romance on all fronts. Not very well done, Ms. Feehan. Not at all.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Desert Warrior

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Nalini Singh
    • Narrated By Layla Ives
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (57)
    Performance
    (51)
    Story
    (52)

    The fabled desert kingdom of Zulheina was Tariq’s birthright, and he was a man who held tightly what belonged to him. And that meant he had to reclaim a very special woman - the woman who had broken his heart years before in New Zealand. And once he had lured her to this distant land, he meant to keep his new bride here forever.

    Kathy says: "Great One Nalini"
    "Strangely intriguing..."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I am not sure if I hate this book or I like it-- maybe it needs a second read. Its obviously an early work by Singh, as her style is much more immature and does not have as much depth of character as her Psy/changling books. But the overall plot and characters somehow still fascinated me-- i am not sure why! The hurried chapter 1 "wham bam" arranged marriage was weird, and kinda creepy, but after that it was like they were dating! They interacted like they just met-- although they supposedly had been close years before. I have listened to much worse and this never made me want to chuck my iphone across the room, so i am giving it 3 stars-- that three is probably on the low end of 3.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Must Love Hellhounds

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Ilona Andrews, Charlaine Harris, Nalini Singh, and others
    • Narrated By Johanna Parker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (62)
    Performance
    (59)
    Story
    (58)

    Follow paranormal bodyguards into Lucifer's realm in The Britlingens Go to Hell. Seek out a traitor in the midst of a guild of non-lethal vampire trackers in Angels' Judgment. Find out why the giant three-headed dog that guards the gates of Hades has left the underworld for the real world in Magic Mourns. Embark on a perilous search for the kidnapped niece of a powerful vampire in Blind Spot.

    Chad says: "Interesting Collection of Stories"
    "not all hellhounds are the same...."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    It is a good light, very light, PG-13 listen. Nothing to swoon over but it gets you through a traffic jam. Not all the stories even had hellhounds in them, so that was a stretch and seemed forced by the publisher. The romances were light, character mostly interesting, sex-scenes very YA-- not gonna get the blood pumping thats for sure. Nalini Singh was, of course, the best story of the lot-- but i am a big fan of hers so no surprise there. I have not read Harris previously-- & not sure i want to after this short story. Andrews: I read one of her books and now might go back and give her another try! Brook-- well she might surprise us one of these days.
    Overall, not bad, but certainly nothing earth shattering or to write a gushing review about. Good clean fun, as they say.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Art of Seducing a Naked Werewolf

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Molly Harper
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3130)
    Performance
    (2553)
    Story
    (2558)

    Generations of werewolves have been secretly residing in a secluded valley a stones throw from Grundy, Alaska. So when a snooping Outsider comes to Grundy to investigate rumors of lycanthropic shenanigans in the area, the valleys pack alpha, Maggie Graham, resolves to chase him away, even if doing so takes a quick bite on the butt. What a pity that researcher Nick Thatcher turns out to be so drool-worthy, and that his kisses make Maggie want to sit up and beg.

    Ducky says: "MOLLY HARPER IS A HOOT!!!!!!"
    "smile a minute....."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Molly Harper is always funny, and I truly think she can pick me up, no matter what mood i am in. The Alaska werewolf series isn't as engrossing (for me) as the vamp series, but its still very much worth the listen. I listened to the Alaska were-series over the winter holidays, and was totally engrossed. Nick and Maggie hit the right note of innocent first love story and hot romance, sprinkled with a bit of family/pack angst. Maggie's internal struggle seemed spot on and very believable. Nick was humanly hot and down to earth. It was a great LOL ride.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Reaver: Demonica Series

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Larissa Ione
    • Narrated By Helen Wick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (179)
    Performance
    (164)
    Story
    (163)

    Reaver is an angel with a past, a record, and a less-than-heavenly attitude. Powerful enough to fight alongside the fiercest battle angels - and crazy enough to risk his wings on a one-way mission to hell - he's agreed to go where no angel has ever gone before…to steal the most seductive and dangerous prize of Satan himself….

    Nathalie says: "Great Story but Awful Narrater"
    "Larissa rocks on..."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you listen to Reaver again? Why?

    Reaver was excellent, just a pleasure to listen to. It kept up a good pace-- the plot turns and pace of character discovery was believable. Reaver and Harvester were complex and their chemistry was spot on. Larissa never get too deep into the sex scenes but its enough to keep your blood warm & a smile on your face. The ending was seriously a shocker to me, i didn't see it coming...and kept wondering how she was going to resolve it. There was one chapter at the end that "explained it all" (you'll know) and the only criticism i can give is maybe some of that reveal information could have been sprinkled into the book along the way-- but it certainly doesn't diminish the book. Its hard to be a writer-- and kudos to Ione who keeps delivering! Cant wait to read about Reavers brother....that will be fantastic.


    What about Helen Wick’s performance did you like?

    Performance was smooth-- Wick's voices and characters were believable and it was a easy listen. Her voice is in that middle range where its not too male deep and not too female high-- just the perfect pitch for listening pleasure. The only jarring character was Eidolon -- i just couldn't buy him as a character when she read him-- he seemed kinda lame--- which we know he is far from.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fifty Shades of Grey: Book One of the Fifty Shades Trilogy

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By E. L. James
    • Narrated By Becca Battoe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (15682)
    Performance
    (12983)
    Story
    (13618)

    When literature student Anastasia Steele goes to interview young entrepreneur Christian Grey, she encounters a man who is beautiful, brilliant, and intimidating. The unworldly, innocent Ana is startled to realize she wants this man and, despite his enigmatic reserve, finds she is desperate to get close to him. Unable to resist Ana’s quiet beauty, wit, and independent spirit, Grey admits he wants her, too—but on his own terms.

    Amazon Customer says: "Holy Crap minus the Holy"
    "Performance?"
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    What did you love best about Fifty Shades of Grey?

    Yes, yes, yes, the performance could have been better, & we all wish for someone else, and we all know it. And same on them for not re-narrating it from scratch.
    But after reading all three books, due to being scared to death to download the audio after the horrible reviews, i finally got over it and just downloaded it. And guess what? Its not as bad as everyone is making poor Becca out to be. Its listenable-- although barely. The Anastasia character is young, innocent, and somehow the Becca reading makes the character work in a weird way. I agree, it is absolutely annoying at times, and made me cringe, but i am sure we all were the same way as 22 yr old women just falling in love-- cringe-worthy and all. So i almost could see it happening. Her Christian voice and Rodriguez-- ugh-- was even worse. They should have used someone like Xe Sands. A professional.

    But all that aside, it was still worth the download.
    So, do not be scared, download it!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Christian because we all want to save him, shake him, kiss him, or... something...


    What three words best describe Becca Battoe’s performance?

    young, cringe-worthy, needs a new narrator without a doubt


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

    Read in one sitting, yes.
    Listen? debatable.


    Any additional comments?

    Get a new narrator. Seriously, what is wrong with them!?

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful

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