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Lindsey

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  • Sweet Evil

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Wendy Higgins
    • Narrated By Erin Mallon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (178)
    Performance
    (167)
    Story
    (169)

    What if there were teens whose lives literally depended on being bad influences? This is the reality for sons and daughters of fallen angels. Tenderhearted Southern girl Anna Whitt was born with the sixth sense to see and feel emotions of other people. She's aware of a struggle within herself, an inexplicable pull toward danger, but Anna, the ultimate good girl, has always had the advantage of her angel side to balance the darkness within. It isn't until she turns 16 and meets the alluring Kaidan Rowe that she discovers her terrifying heritage and her willpower is put to the test.

    Brooke says: "Eh..."
    "Pretty good..."
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    What did you like best about Sweet Evil? What did you like least?

    I like that the main character pretty much stayed good. I like a character with principles and morals. The book was entertaining without with having to push limits.

    I didn't like all of the discussions on Kaidan's sex life. This book is geared towards teens and although I know Kaidan is supposed to be the epitome of a bad boy, I thought there was too much of him being a seducer. There's no way I'd be attracted to a guy that I knew was out having sex with other girls everyday and who's main focus is to get a girl naked.


    If you’ve listened to books by Wendy Higgins before, how does this one compare?

    This is the first I've read or listened to.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Being from the south and having an actual southern accent, I found her accent to be over the top. I added this narrarator to my "do not listen" list. I got used to it and finished it and I'm even interested in the next book when it comes out, but I'll probably read it instead of listening.


    Could you see Sweet Evil being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Nah, the story is okay, but not compelling enough for filming.


    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Chosen: The Chosen, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Denise Grover Swank
    • Narrated By John Mierau
    Overall
    (57)
    Performance
    (51)
    Story
    (51)

    Everything Emma Thompson owns fits in a suitcase. She moves from one roach infested motel to another. She and Jake, her five-year-old son, who can see the future, are running from the men intent on taking him. Emma will do anything to protect him, even when it means accepting the help of a stranger named Will. Jake insists she needs Will, but Emma's never needed help before. And even though she's learned to trust her son, it doesn't mean she trusts Will.

    Jill Guntur says: "Honest and Constructive Feedback"
    "Bad narration"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    No, the reader spoke so slowly & his pronunciations were kind of annoying.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Denise Grover Swank? Why or why not?

    Yes. The story wasn't bad, I think it could actually be pretty good if I read it myself instead of listening to it.


    Would you be willing to try another one of John Mierau’s performances?

    No, in fact, I had downloaded the 2nd book before really getting into this one & I plan to return it.


    Could you see Chosen being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Possibly. Hadn't really thought of it...


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Big Bad Bite: Big Bad Bite, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Jessie Lane
    • Narrated By Chandra Skyye
    Overall
    (68)
    Performance
    (65)
    Story
    (66)

    Jenna O'Conner is not human, nor is she considered the norm for the supernatural Other community that is benevolent enough to share this world with the humans. On her first day as a member of the Wilmington Police Department's SWAT Team, Jenna runs into trouble in the form of a deadly, mouthwatering man named Adam McPhee, who is also not human. He is determined to figure out exactly what Jenna is, which could very well put her life in danger.

    Tanya says: "Great Shifter Series"
    "Absolutely awful narration!"
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    What would have made Big Bad Bite better?

    Three words...a better narrator.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The actual story itself has been great so far (I'm about 3 hours in and seriously can't take anymore!). There's been some action, a little humor, some romantic sparks...some of the essentials for me.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Oh my gosh, the men's voices were the absolute worst! They sounded like they were mentally handicapped or something, and I don't mean that as I insult to the mentally handicapped, it just sounded like such an effort to get every little word out. I can't begin to explain how annoying it is. It's....like...listening...to...a...whole...book...this...way... Can you see why that would be frustrating? Yeah, seriously, every time a man spoke! Ugh!!


    What character would you cut from Big Bad Bite?

    None of them, just Chandra Skyye.


    Any additional comments?

    Save yourself the annoyance, just download the ebook, it's much more enjoyable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Touch of Frost: Mythos Academy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Jennifer Estep
    • Narrated By Tara Sands
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (348)
    Performance
    (314)
    Story
    (320)

    My name is Gwen Frost, and I go to Mythos Academy - a school of myths, magic, and warrior whiz kids, where even the lowliest geek knows how to chop off somebody's head with a sword and Logan Quinn, the hottest Spartan guy in school, also happens to be the deadliest. But lately, things have been weird, even for Mythos. First, mean girl Jasmine Ashton was murdered in the Library of Antiquities. Then, someone stole the Bowl of Tears, a magical artifact that can be used to bring about the second Chaos War. You know, death, destruction and lots of other bad, bad things.

    Hassan says: "I'm Shocked!! It Was Really Good"
    "This one's a disappointment"
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    What would have made Touch of Frost better?

    The author was soooooo repetitive. "The Valkyrie," "my gypsy magic," "the Amazon," etc. It was really annoying. She talked about the same things over and over and used the same phrases over and over. I also didn't really enjoy this narrator. Her voice was just kind of grating to me.


    What could Jennifer Estep have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    As mentioned above, less repetitiveness, but also this book was fairly predictable. I just don't think I'm a Jennifer Estep fan. I tried an adult fantasy book of hers and only got around 5 or 6 chapters in before quitting. Her books just don't really hook me.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    I just didn't like her voice. She put enough emphasis and drama and whatnot into the reading, I just thought her voice sounded to old for Gwen. Not like an old lady voice, just too old for a teenage girl.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment


    Any additional comments?

    I read so many positive reviews on this book. I don't understand how so many people enjoyed this book so much, it just wasn't for me. I typically love this genre, but this book is a dud as far as I'm concerned.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Protector

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Marliss Melton
    • Narrated By David Brenin
    Overall
    (36)
    Performance
    (31)
    Story
    (31)

    Eryn McClellan teaches ESL in Washington, D.C., until the day she's targeted by terrorists avenging her father's actions in Afghanistan. The FBI has stepped in, but when it looks like they are using her for bait, General McClellan enlists the aid of the only man he knows he can trust: former Navy SEAL Ike Calhoun. Embracing solitude in his remote cabin in the Blue Ridge Mountains, Ike thought he'd left the War on Terror behind.

    Amazon Customer says: "not worth it"
    "Don't Bother"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I'm not really sure. It was more romance than suspense and I like a fair dose of both but the romance was a little too over the top cheesy to me.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Marliss Melton again?

    No. This book seems to just keep dragging on and on. There two or three time it could hav been concluded and she kept adding to it. And the plot just wasn't that great.


    What didn’t you like about David Brenin’s performance?

    His girly voice. And by that, I mean the voice he does for the female main character.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment and boredom.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Edge of Oblivion: A Night Prowler Novel, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By J. T. Geissinger
    • Narrated By Angela Dawe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (85)
    Performance
    (73)
    Story
    (73)

    Morgan Montgomery is waiting to die. Branded a traitor by her tribe, the Ikati shape-shifter has no hope for mercy - until Jenna, the Ikati’s newly crowned queen and Morgan’s former ally, offers one last chance for redemption. Morgan must infiltrate the Rome headquarters of the Expurgari, the Ikati’s ancient enemy, to destroy them once and for all. The beautiful renegade has just a fortnight to complete her mission or forfeit her life. But she does not travel alone.…

    Candateshia Pafford says: "Not as good as book one until the end..."
    "A disappointmen after listening to the first"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No, the story was okay, the first book as better, but I found the narration annoying


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Everything was tied up nicely, it was pretty sappy/cheesy, but a happy ending and that's important to me.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Angela Dawe’s performances?

    No, I've returned an audiobook after about 10 minutes of listening to her performance and didn't pay close enough attention to realize she was the narrator for this book as well and I feel like I was listening to a female version of William Shatner with her very dramatic reading of each and every sentence. And her pronunciation! Ugh! Alejandro is pronounced "Ollie-Jon"Dro," I mean, come on! It really bugged me, if you couldn't tell.


    Did Edge of Oblivion inspire you to do anything?

    No.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • City of Heavenly Fire: The Mortal Instruments, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Cassandra Clare
    • Narrated By Jason Dohring, Sophie Turner
    Overall
    (1112)
    Performance
    (1027)
    Story
    (1030)

    Darkness has descended on the Shadowhunter world. Chaos and destruction overwhelm the Nephilim as Clary, Jace, Simon, and their friends band together to fight the greatest evil they have ever faced: Clary's own brother. Nothing in this world can defeat Sebastian - but if they journey to the realm of demons, they just might have a chance.... Lives will be lost, love sacrificed, and the whole world will change. Who will survive the explosive sixth and final installment of the Mortal Instruments series?

    Lisa says: "Disappointing Narration for a beloved series."
    "Love this series and love this finale!"
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    What did you love best about City of Heavenly Fire?

    It seems like so many of the series that I've read/listened to have been really amazing and then for some reason, the style or flow of the last book
    changes. I was really pleased that this didn't happen with this series. It was consistently awesome! I I love the characters and the things they do, the decisions they make, are ones I can imagine making myself. And they all love so deeply and put their family and friends first. It's refreshing. And it just ended so well!


    What did you like best about this story?

    In this series, it's always Clary & Jace that I love the most. They're just so good together. Aside from that, I love the sarcasm and wit I see in the characters, particularly Jace, but Simon has his funny moments too.


    What does Jason Dohring and Sophie Turner bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I haven't listened to any of the other audiobooks from this series, but I got so excited when I saw that Jason Dohring was doing part of the narration. I just thought, Logan Echolls (Veronica Mars) & Jace...two of my favorite sarcastic characters rolled into one! Really, I wasn't exactly disappointed in Jason's performance, it just wasn't exactly what I was hoping for. I found that I enjoyed the parts that Sophie Turner read more. I always find that narrators have a different inflection on things than I do and sometimes that's frustrating because I have a different interpretation on how something would have been said by a character. I wasn't really frustrated w/ either reader, but I didn't always think their interpretation/inflection in the reading was on the money.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Towards the end when they're trapped and a particular character makes a huge sacrifice. I can't say more, I don't want to spoil anything...


    Any additional comments?

    Read this book! But if you haven't read the other books in the series, start at the beginning, you won't be sorry...it's an amazing series!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Guardians of Stone: The Relic Seekers, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Anita Clenney
    • Narrated By Renee Raudman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (149)
    Performance
    (131)
    Story
    (133)

    The BrainsKendall Morgan, a relic expert born with the family gift for sensing the history and location of ancient artifacts. The BucksNathan Larraby, the enigmatic billionaire who has hired Kendall to locate four powerful relics. The BrawnJake Stone, the tough, sexy mercenary with a mysterious past, contracted to protect Kendall. Every mission Kendall accepts carries certain hazards, but Nathan’s latest is proving to be the most dangerous yet. Kendall’s attraction to Jake - and to Nathan - is making it hard to stay focused, and none of them can afford the distraction. Because there’s someone else hunting the relics....

    Lindsey says: "Feeling Torn on this one..."
    "Feeling Torn on this one..."
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    What disappointed you about Guardians of Stone?

    I wasn't crazy about the narrator.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    I thought it was pretty good. I'm intrigued, I'd definitely like to listen to the next one to unsolved some more mysteries.


    How could the performance have been better?

    The narrator kind of spoke weird. Almost like a lisp or something that frequently made her "s" sounds sound more like "sh." I guess it's nit-picky, but it bugged me. It just seems like if you're going to have someone narrate a book, you'd weed out things like that. I don't know...


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Interest mostly. One of the reviews I read for this compared it to a girl version of Indiana Jones. I love that series and I can definitely see how that comparison can be made. There was adventure and mystery and a bit of romance, although honestly, I like a little more romance than there was in this book, but I think it might be leading there a little bit. The main point of the story isn't for romance though, it's the adventure/mystery angle.


    Any additional comments?

    It's pretty cheap, so I think it's worth the buy.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Hearts of Darkness: A Deadglass Novel, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Kira Brady
    • Narrated By Xe Sands
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (46)
    Performance
    (39)
    Story
    (40)

    Nurse Kayla Friday has dedicated her life to science and reason. But for her, Seattle is a place of eerie loss and fragmented, frightening memories. Now the only clue to her sister’s murder reveals a secret battle between two ancient mythologies - and puts Kayla in the sights of lethally sexy werewolf-mercenary Hart. He’ll do whatever it takes to obtain the key to the Gate of the Land of the Dead and free what’s left of his soul. But seducing the determined Kayla is putting them both at the mercy of powerful desires neither can control.

    CAROLYN says: "A 3.5 star apocalyptic paranormal survival story"
    "Pretty decent book but annoying narration"
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    What would have made Hearts of Darkness better?

    I had a hard time with the narrator. It's hard for me describe, her reading was kind is shaky & breathy, mostly breathy I guess & the voices she did for most characters all kind of sounded the same. I particularly couldn't stand her men's voices.


    Would you recommend Hearts of Darkness to your friends? Why or why not?

    Eh, probably not. The book was pretty good, but when I finished I asked myself if I wanted to read the rest of the series & decided on no as my answer. If I didn't like it well enough to continue the series, I'm definitely not recommending it to anyone. There are just much better books to recommend.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Already described above. I downloaded the ebook & enjoyed it MUCH better that way.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Hearts of Darkness?

    Hmmm. I can't really thinking of any. There wasn't one that I really thought, "Man, I really could have done without that scene!" I think mostly, I wish sex scenes in books like these were't so graphic.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Killing Sarai: A Novel (In the Company of Killers)

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By J. A. Redmerski
    • Narrated By Stephen Bel Davies, Kate Reinders
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (152)
    Performance
    (142)
    Story
    (146)

    Sarai was only fourteen when her mother uprooted her to live in Mexico with a notorious drug lord. Over time she forgot what it was like to live a normal life, but she never let go of her hope to escape the compound where she has been held for the past nine years. Victor is a cold-blooded assassin who, like Sarai, has known only death and violence since he was a young boy. When Victor arrives at the compound to collect details and payment for a hit, Sarai sees him as her only opportunity for escape.

    laura says: "I LOVED being in their company"
    "Not a winner"
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    Would you try another book from J. A. Redmerski and/or Stephen Bel Davies and Kate Reinders ?

    Yes. I read the Mayfair Moon books which is why I decided to give this one a try. This was soooo different. I guess Mayfair Moon is more of a YA series, where this is definitely adult.


    What was most disappointing about J. A. Redmerski’s story?

    I found a lot in the story disturbing. I know things like prostitution rings and drug lords and all of that exists and I hate to think of the awful things that happen to people who are simply in the wrong place at the wrong time, but I don't like to read about it. It was all just too specific and gruesome for me.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Oh my gosh. The man reading for Victor? Terrible! I can't believe how much I hated the way he read his part. For one thing, Victor is supposed to be youngish. I'm thinking late 20s, early 30s, something like that. The guy reading his part sounds way too old and I just didn't like him as a narrator anyway. The woman narrating was fine. She's the same one that did the other books by JA Redmerski and while I didn't think she was amazing, she wasn't bad.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Killing Sarai?

    The very graphic sex scenes. I can handle the violence as lot better than the sex. Ugh!


    Any additional comments?

    I was just overall disappointed in this one. I'll be skipping the sequel.

    4 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Nice Girls Don't Have Fangs: Jane Jameson, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Molly Harper
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5611)
    Performance
    (4319)
    Story
    (4328)

    Maybe it was the Shenanigans gift certificate that put her over the edge. When children's librarian and self-professed nice girl Jane Jameson is fired by her beastly boss and handed $25 in potato skins instead of a severance check, she goes on a bender that's sure to become Half Moon Hollow legend. On her way home, she's mistaken for a deer, shot, and left for dead.

    Sandra Ross says: "Laugh-out Loud Funny"
    "Just an average story, nothing wonderful"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Not really. I didn't like the narration, I know she was supposed to come across as dry, but I found her almost monotone. Her southern accent for other characters was actually pretty good, but the reading of the majority of the book and the main characters voice was just boring for me.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Molly Harper? Why or why not?

    Possibly, I think I would have liked this book better if I'd read it instead of listened to it, but it still wasn't a good enough book to make me want to invest in the rest of the series. Maybe if I can find it at the library or something, but I'm not spending money on it.


    How could the performance have been better?

    She was just too monotone for me.


    Do you think Nice Girls Don't Have Fangs needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    I'm pretty sure it does have a follow-up, but I won't be checking it out.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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