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M. Brandsted

USA | Member Since 2010

  • 3 reviews
  • 89 ratings
  • 355 titles in library
  • 4 purchased in 2015

  • The Locker Room

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Amy Lane
    • Narrated By Sean Crisden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Xander Karcek has only wanted two things in his life: Christian Edwards and basketball—the man he loves and the game that let him escape a childhood he’d rather forget. His two obsessions have served him well. He and Chris beat the odds and stayed together through high school, college, and right on to the NBA. But life under fame’s microscope isn’t easy, especially when two men are pretending to be frat-buddies so the world doesn’t know they’re the next best thing to married.

    Amazon Customer says: "Amazing Story...once you get past the narration."
    "Good book, but irritating reader"
    What did you love best about The Locker Room?

    I have this book in ebook form, and I loved it. But the audio version irritated me to no end. Firstly, misprounced words abound. I'm always annoyed when I come across this, but really, this is the worst I've ever found. "Sequined" pronounced in suck a fasion to rhyme with dined. And that's just one of many. And any time there's a line that says a character laughed or sighed or whatever...the reader does so. In somce cases, I felt this was more annoying and not even fitting to the context it was meant. And don't even get me started on his over the top performance on the more "steamy" scenes. I very seldom come across such horribly annoying narration, so I've gotten lazy about giving it a sample listen before buying, and because I enjoyed this book in its ebook format, I was so excited that I just bought instead of listen. My oversight. Don't do what I did. Sample first, then make your choice.

    What did you like best about this story?

    The story itself is wonderfully written and very touching

    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    The narrator really is over the top and needs to learn how to procounce a great many words before he does this type of work again.

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

    Yes and no.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Uncorked (Gay Romance)

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Andrew Grey
    • Narrated By Douglas Barron

    Bobby Bielecki is heading home from art school to help run the family wine store so his adopted father and partner can take a vacation. While filling in, Bobby will have to deal with his once-best friend and lost love, Kenny, who pushed him away from their burgeoning relationship, encouraging him follow his dreams and realize his artistic talents.

    Randal says: "another wonderful story by andrew grey"
    "Not as good as the first..."

    I wanted to like this story. I looked forward to a continuation of Bottled Up. Sadly. I had issues with how realistic the actions of teenaged Kenny and Bobby. I mean, really. Two 16 year old boys having tickle and pillow fights? Maybe in days gone by, but when stories are based in the more or less present time, I had serious issues with the believing the characters. I really did find it annoying.

    I also was unable to accept the reappeatance of Big Mike, and Bobby's forgiving him for the past. Sure, it's possible to forgive someone who's wronged you horribly, but would it REALLY be that easy to forgive the man who fathered you with his own half sister and then later tried to sexually assault you as a 16 year old kid?

    All in all, a disappointment. Save your credit. This is one book that's better passed by.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Kiss of Midnight: The Midnight Breed, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Lara Adrian
    • Narrated By Hillary Huber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    He watches her from across the crowded dance club, a sensual black-haired stranger who stirs Gabrielle Maxwell's deepest fantasies. But nothing about this night---or this man---is what it seems. For when Gabrielle witnesses a murder outside the club, reality shifts into something dark and deadly. In that shattering instant she is thrust into a realm she never knew existed---a realm where vampires stalk the shadows and a blood war is set to ignite.

    Stacy says: "A Whole New Take on Vampire Mythology"
    "Rather predictable"

    In my humble opinion, this particular book is a cross between Twilight and J.R. Ward's Black Dagger Brotherhood series. It's not that it's BAD, as far as books go. It's just nothing special. I almost wish I could go back in time and NOT choose this book. But if you're looking for something with some predictable vampire violence and the standard romance novel combined, you'd probably enjoy this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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