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GEL

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COLLINSVILLE, OK, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • A Touch of Crimson: Renegade Angels Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Sylvia Day
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (572)
    Performance
    (525)
    Story
    (527)

    An angel with immense power and insatiable desire, Adrian Mitchell leads an elite Special Ops unit of the seraphim. His task is to punish the Fallen - angels who have become vampires - and command a restless pack of indentured lycans. But Adrian has suffered his own punishment for becoming involved with mortals - losing the woman he loves again and again. Now, after nearly 200 years, he has found her: Shadoe, her soul once more inhabiting a new body that doesn’t remember him. This time he won’t let her go.

    CAROLYN says: "A HEAVENLY PARANORMAL LISTEN"
    "A decent story..."
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    Overall I'd say I enjoyed this story. It's not the best I've experienced but certainly far from the worst. This is one of those times when I think if I had actually read the story, I would have enjoyed it more with the voices my own imagination would have come up with. I do have to say that the reader (Luke Daniels) is acceptable for the most part but his voice for one of the angels was distracting for me (he sounded like Jack Nicholson, really...Jack Nicholson an angel?) and he often spoke far too slowly for many of the male characters. Apart from that though he was fairly believable. I'm definitely interested in looking up some of the subsequent stories in this series.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Iced: A Dani O' Malley Novel, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Karen Marie Moning
    • Narrated By Phil Gigante, Natalie Ross
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1292)
    Performance
    (1181)
    Story
    (1181)

    Dani "Mega" O’Malley plays by her own set of rules - and in a world overrun by Dark Fae, her biggest rule is: Do what it takes to survive. Possessing rare talents and the all-powerful Sword of Light, Dani is more than equipped for the task. In fact, she’s one of the few humans who can defend themselves against the Unseelie. But now, amid the pandemonium, her greatest gifts have turned into serious liabilities.

    Katheryne says: "Dude, It exceeded my expectations"
    "Learn to do an accent!"
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    Ugh! I can't take it anymore!! Natalie Ross is all over the place with her accents! If you cannot do an Irish accent do not try to do it! Her Irish bounces around from some type of English, to Irish, and Southern American...it is absolutely unbearable! I am not even out of chapter 2 and i just cannot continue listening. This time the narrator is ruining the story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dark Blood: Dark, Book 26

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Christine Feehan
    • Narrated By Phil Gigante, Natalie Ross
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (207)
    Performance
    (191)
    Story
    (191)

    Zev Hunter was an elite warrior, a dark-blood dealer of death to rogue Lycans who preyed on mankind. He was a loner, never given to personal attachments, and damned fierce at his job. But Zev begins to question his past and his purpose when he awakens in the darkness of the sacred cave of warriors - and is soothed back to consciousness by the sensuously familiar voice of one woman, the woman who has haunted his fantasies for centuries. She was Branislava, member of the Dragonseeker clan.

    Margaret says: "Loved, Loved, Loved this book!!!"
    "Is someone else doing the writing now?"
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    I have been a fan of the Dark Series since the beginning, what in the world has happened?! These last few stories have been a huge disappointment! Tatijana & Branislava have both spent years trapped, enslaved in a cave...both are supposed to be strong Dragonseeker women....and both just roll over and bow down when their "lifemate" appears....REALLY????!! The last few stories have been so full of filler that it's distracting. Yes, it's nice that she did research into Futhark runes, it's nice that there are spells...but there is so spell casting, so much in the Carpathian language (that is translated ad-nauseum) that it really becomes annoying and it also becomes extremely evident that the story is just too weak to stand on it's own. The over-use of repetitive pet names in French and the continual Carpathian language (which really, does not need to be said in Carpathian and then translated each and every friggin time)...becomes eye-roll worthy. If I heard them refer to the "Guardians of All" in Carpathian one more time in Carpathian...and distinguish them from plain ole mix breeds....I was going to turn it into a drinking game.

    Truly, I am so disappointed In the past there were humans or other breeds that naturally caused conflict with conversion, there was angst in the changing on both sides....there's none of that in these last few books and it's BORING! I really wonder, who is doing the writing now...because this is just not typical Feehan style.

    Aside from the writing let me address the narrators. Normally I really like Phil Gigante, but the accents this time drove me nuts, with both performers not just Phil...honestly the women were more distracting for me than the men, I couldn't tell what they were supposed to be. One would assume they should have a Romanianeque accent...but everyone sounded like a bad British accent of some type. Really, get some variety. Learn to make each their own.

    All in all, this one was a huge disappointment. Back to Dark Gold, or Dark Melody, Dark Symphony...anything but these last few!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Darkness Everlasting: Guardians of Eternity Series, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Alexandra Ivy
    • Narrated By Arika Rapson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (75)
    Performance
    (67)
    Story
    (70)

    Possessing a secret strong enough to end an entire race of demons, Darcy unwittingly becomes a pawn in an epic battle between the vampires and the weres as she discovers a new world filled with ecstasy - and dark passions. Consumed with lust for Darcy, Styx - the Anasso of vampires - will do everything in his power to keep her out of the lair of Salvatore Giuliani, the deadly leader of the weres. But protecting the woman he loves could cost Styx the ultimate price.

    CAROLYN says: "It just took 1 bite... for me too and I was hooked"
    "Cripes...this one is bad!"
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    I love vampire/werewolf/supernatural stories; it really doesn't take much to please me but this one is just not worth it. The over-use of the word "cripes!" is absolutely annoying (does this author know how to use a Thesaurus?) I honestly don't think this heroine knows any other words that can describe shock, surprise, disbelief?! I don't think she does. I feel like this author is working to know use profanity, I can respect that, but seriously....use other words!

    As far as the story is concerned I felt it was extremely weak as well. It has potential but no build-up and real character development. This woman has fallen into bed with a man/vampire who kidnapped her and is a total stranger...immediately. Uh huh...suuuuure! This is supposed to be a woman too who has had to depend upon herself and she's just going to immediately do something like that?!

    I will say this one could potentially have been improved upon with a different reader. Arika Rapson (in my opinion) simply isn't much of an actress to pull off the characters. She makes more of an attempt with the Gargoyle than anyone but, generally speaking, all the characters just sound like her reading and not very enthusiastically at that. I noticed she reads more of this authors books too which is enough to keep me from downloading those ones as well.

    Half-way into the book I'm still not "into" this book, it's ho-hum and boring for me so I'm asking for my credit back.

    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
    (468)
    Performance
    (435)
    Story
    (439)

    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"
    "Completely loved it!"
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    This is another one hit right out of the park! Can't wait for the next book!!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Styxx: Dark-Hunter, Book 22

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Sherrilyn Kenyon
    • Narrated By Fred Berman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (687)
    Performance
    (659)
    Story
    (663)

    Centuries ago Acheron saved the human race by imprisoning an ancient evil bent on absolute destruction. Now that evil has been unleashed and it is out for revenge. As the twin to Acheron, Styxx hasn’t always been on his brother's side. They've spent more centuries going at each other's throats than protecting their backs. Now Styxx has a chance to prove his loyalty to his brother, but only if he's willing to trade his life and future for Acheron's.

    C. Mendez says: "Stick with it..."
    "Utterly LOVED it!!"
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    After listening to Acheron I couldn't imagine how Sherrilyn could possibly make Styxx a redeemable character but she certainly did. Acheron and Styxx are now my two favorite books of hers...I really recommend them and Fred Berman did such a wonderful job on both!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Endless Knight

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Kresley Cole
    • Narrated By Emma Galvin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (478)
    Performance
    (453)
    Story
    (448)

    In this seductive follow-up to Poison Princess, #1 New York Times bestselling author Kresley Cole takes us deeper into the dark world of the Arcana Chronicles. With threats lurking around every corner, Evie is forced to trust her newfound alliance. Together they must fight not only other Arcana, but also Bagmen zombies, post-apocalyptic storms, and cannibals

    Katheryne says: "Thrilling!"
    "Really enjoying this YA series."
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    I'm a huge Kresley Cole fan with ther Immortals After Dark series so I thought I would give her YA series a go...I'm really glad I did. They are just as well written and I find I'm really enjoying Emma Galvin as the narrator as well, a mediocre narrator can really ruin a book but Emma does this one justice.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Night Pleasures: A Dark-Hunter Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Sherrilyn Kenyon
    • Narrated By Carrington MacDuffie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1186)
    Performance
    (692)
    Story
    (695)

    In Night Pleasures, Kyrian of Thrace - an immortal who protects humans from vampires - wakes up one morning handcuffed to the one thing that can scare him: a conservative woman in a button-down shirt. But Amanda Devereaux turns out to be his perfect partner for hunting down a deadly foe, and for helping him to regain his soul and learn that love doesn't have to bite.

    Erich says: "REALLY!!??"
    "Southern accent was irritating!"
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    I love Sherrilyn's books and especially love listening to them at work. I'm really glad that I started with books that were narrated by Holter Graham or Fred Berman because if I had started with this one, I'm not positive I would have bought another audio book. Carrington's narration, especially with her long drawn out far too sweet southern accent, grated on my nerves. Amanda was far from a "Southern Bell" but that's how Carrington made her sound. One can be born and raised in the deep south and not sound like Scarlet O'Hara! Fortunately the story line won out for me, I persevered through the cavity inducing southern accent and enjoyed the story overall. I may avoid Carrington's narrations of Sherrilyn's other books if she does more of them. Give me Fred Berman or Holter Graham any day!

    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
    (430)
    Performance
    (401)
    Story
    (394)

    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"
    "A HUGE letdown from Christine Feehan..."
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    I have been a fan of Christine Feehan's for several years, read everything she's put out. I can't believe I'm actually going to say this but this one is awful. It's so not up to par for Feehan and the Dark Series. At first I bought the book and tried to read it, I just couldn't get into it. The characters this time are just boring, the story is weak too and with vampire's, werewolves, and Carpathian's mixed together...this story shouldn't be boring.

    So, I thought perhaps the audio book will be better and I will enjoy it more that way....nope. The reader (Robert Sarkus) is soooo ho-hum. He is almost monotone and I actually found myself getting into a database I was working on and drifting away from the story constantly. When listening in my car...I still wasn't drawn in enough to listen to the story over my own thoughts. This is actually one that I'm sending back to audible in order to get a refund, I can't even force myself to finish it.

    This one was a big let down!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Lover Eternal, The Black Dagger Brotherhood, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By J.R. Ward
    • Narrated By Jim Frangione
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2502)
    Performance
    (1711)
    Story
    (1731)

    Listeners looking for a fresh twist on vampire tales need look no further than the erotically charged Black Dagger Brotherhood series. Mary Luce is dissatisfied with her life and her job. But when she is unwittingly thrust into the vampire dominion, everything changes. Falling under the protection of the Brotherhood's strongest member, Rhage, she soon finds herself drawn to his animalistic urges.

    Bonnie says: "JR Ward Writer of Erotic Horror Fantasy"
    "A decent story..."
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    Overall I'd say I enjoyed this story. It's not the best I've experienced but certainly far from the worst. This is one of those times when I think if I had actually read the story, I would have enjoyed it more with the voices my own imagination would have come up with. I do have to say that the reader (Luke Daniels) is acceptable for the most part but his voice for one of the angels was distracting for me (he sounded like Jack Nicholson, really...Jack Nicholson an angel?) and he often spoke far too slowly for many of the male characters. Apart from that though he was fairly believable. I'm definitely interested in looking up some of the subsequent stories in this series.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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