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A.L. Hernandez

Rodeo, CA, United States | Member Since 2014

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  • Lothaire: Immortals After Dark, Book 12

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Kresley Cole
    • Narrated By Robert Petkoff
    Overall
    (1351)
    Performance
    (1261)
    Story
    (1263)

    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"
    "Ended too soon..."
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    Wow, such a good story, though some of the "naughty" talk was a bit eye-roll worthy. Still, I would have paid full price for this one.

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • The Forever Song

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Julie Kagawa
    • Narrated By Therese Plummer
    Overall
    (101)
    Performance
    (93)
    Story
    (93)

    Allie will embrace her cold vampire side to hunt down and end Sarren, the psychopathic vampire who murdered Zeke. But the trail is bloody and long, and Sarren has left many surprises for Allie and her companions - her creator, Kanin, and her blood brother, Jackal. The trail is leading straight to the one place they must protect at any cost - the last vampire-free zone on Earth, Eden.

    MAB says: "Fantastic, Dark Kagawa"
    "Excellent end to the trilogy!!!!!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, because even though parts of the entire series broke my heart, I loved the way it all ends. It left me satisfied when it was over.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Immortal Rules: Blood of Eden, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Julie Kagawa
    • Narrated By Therese Plummer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (717)
    Performance
    (661)
    Story
    (666)

    In a future world, vampires reign. Humans are blood cattle. And one girl will search for the key to save humanity.... Allison Sekemoto survives in the Fringe, the outermost circle of a vampire city. By day, she and her crew scavenge for food. By night, any one of them could be eaten.

    Some days, all that drives Allie is her hatred of them. The vampires who keep humans as blood cattle. Until the night Allie herself is attacked - and given the ultimate choice. Die or become one of the monsters.

    Alley McNally says: "BEST VAMPIRE STORY EVER!!!!"
    "Great story!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, I would because it gives a fresh approach to the genre, by combining it with a post-apocalyptic world. I also thought it was well paced.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Gate of Night: A Shade of Vampire, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Bella Forrest
    • Narrated By Ilyana Kadushin, Emma Galvin, Zachary Webber, and others
    Overall
    (42)
    Performance
    (40)
    Story
    (40)

    Derek and Sofia are finally enjoying a well-deserved break. Staying at a resort with good food, sun and sea, Sofia is thrilled to witness Derek's re-introduction to the human world. They would almost be mistaken for a normal young couple, if it were not for the red-eyed monster lurking in the shadows and watching their every move, waiting for his signal to pounce....

    Fawnda M Burlingame says: "Very good!"
    "The performance would be 5 stars if not for..."
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    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Some of the narrators in this production constantly mispronounced words, and it made it hard to stay in the story. A couple of examples are when some of the narrators pronounce the name "Kiev" as "Keeve", or "excruciating" as "excrooseeayting". Thankfully not all of the narrators are illiterate.


    Any additional comments?

    I have really enjoyed these stories, despite a couple of the narrators. I would definitely recommend giving these a listen. I have a feeling that not everyone is as picky as I am when it comes to pronunciation.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Shadow of Light: A Shade of Vampire, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Bella Forrest
    • Narrated By Emma Galvin, Zachary Webber, Lucas Daniels, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (52)
    Performance
    (46)
    Story
    (46)

    Since the implosion at The Oasis and Derek's stay at Hawk Headquarters, The Shade has fallen into a state of utter chaos. To make matters worse, the citizens of Derek's kingdom have become suspicious of his loyalties and accuse him of siding with the enemy... At a time when Derek desperately needs full cooperation from his subjects, they wish to put their own King on trial. Meanwhile, Sofia is being held hostage by the hunters. They are determined to rid her of her infatuation with the vampire.

    sherry says: "They fight on"
    "Excellent Story!! Illiterate Narrators!!!"
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    Would you listen to A Shadow of Light again? Why?

    Yes, the story is good, and most of the narrators in this series are great.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Learn how to pronounce things correctly, such as Borys'. Ughhh, I kept getting pulled out of the story every time a narrator (not all) said Borys, when they should have said Borys'. It's as though they didn't understand what to do with the s'. So rather than read, "Boris' hands," they would read, "Borys hands." Petty? Maybe, but it was very often, and very annoying each time. Other than that...great narration.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • First Grave on the Right: Charley Davidson, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Darynda Jones
    • Narrated By Lorelei King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4048)
    Performance
    (3335)
    Story
    (3329)

    A smashing, award-winning debut novel that introduces Charley Davidson: part-time private investigator and full-time Grim Reaper. Charley sees dead people. That’s right, she sees dead people. And it’s her job to convince them to “go into the light”. But when these very dead people have died under less than ideal circumstances (i.e. murder), sometimes they want Charley to bring the bad guys to justice. Complicating matters are the intensely hot dreams she’s been having about an Entity who has been following her all her life...and it turns out he might not be dead after all.

    Ducky says: "GREAT 1ST BOOK IN A NEW-TO-ME, KEEPER SERIES!"
    "Such a disappointment..."
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    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from First Grave on the Right?

    If I could play editor, I would have eliminated all of the MANY unnecessary words. I mean, does she really have to write: "Honestly...," I said honestly. I couldn't get past all of the many instances where she tries to justify or explain something she just wrote as if my mind was to simple to understand what she'd just written.


    Any additional comments?

    This author had a good idea and the story had so much potential, but she would often write as if she was writing for teens or younger. This is definitely not for the reader that is expecting well written sentences or believable/clever dialogue.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Infected: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Scott Sigler
    • Narrated By Scott Sigler
    Overall
    (572)
    Performance
    (385)
    Story
    (385)

    Across America a mysterious disease is turning ordinary people into raving, paranoid murderers who inflict brutal horrors on strangers, themselves, and even their own families.

    Jessica says: "Confused? This review might help."
    "I LOVE this author/narrator!!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Infected the most enjoyable?

    This guy has got to be one of my favorite writers of all time. I remember getting the "podiobook" version of this years ago and falling in love with the story and the voice! If you don't mind the graphic violence, and love good science fiction, you'll love this book as well as most of his others!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Mane Event: Pride Series #1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Shelly Laurenston
    • Narrated By Charlotte Kane
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (747)
    Performance
    (688)
    Story
    (698)

    Shelly Laurenston turns up the heat with two sizzling novellas. Christmas Pride: How come all the good-looking ones are insane? That's what runs through NYPD cop Desiree "Dez" MacDermot's mind the minute she hooks up again with her childhood buddy, Mace Llewellyn. Shaw's Tail: Brendon Shaw, hotel owner and lion shifter, has seen better days. He's been beaten, had a gun to the back of his head, and had to be rescued by a Pack of shape-shifting wolves.

    TSTBren says: "Why speed up Johanna Parker/Charlotte Kane?"
    "Great story, AWFUL narrator!!!"
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    What disappointed you about The Mane Event?

    The narrator's voice was extremely distracting in the way she elongated the word at the end of every sentence in a strange breathy way.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    She sounded constipated.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    I loved the story! The story itself kept me listening.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Professional: Part 2: The Game Maker, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Kresley Cole
    • Narrated By Kimberly Alexis
    Overall
    (406)
    Performance
    (378)
    Story
    (384)

    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?"
    "Hmmm, kind of a strange turn..."
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I didn't like the bdsm turn that this book took. The dialogue was ridiculous, and didn't seem well thought out. People, JUST DON'T TALK LIKE THAT!

    That being "said," the overall story is good, it just would have been made so much stronger without the poor dialogue, and ridiculous sex scenes.


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

    This was my least favorite, and I don't think I've ever rolled my eyes as much as I did while listening to The Professional: Part 2


    What would have made this romance irresistible?

    Less ridiculous sex scenes, and FAR LESS ridiculous dialogue. It pulled you out of the story, and that's never a good thing.


    1 of 1 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
    (513)
    Performance
    (476)
    Story
    (481)

    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"
    "So far, so good..."
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    If you could sum up The Professional: Part 1 in three words, what would they be?

    I love Kresley Cole's writing style, and so far, this book is pretty good, I can't wait to hear part two!


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Shadows: Lux Series, Book 0.5

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Jennifer L. Armentrout
    • Narrated By Justine Eyre
    Overall
    (82)
    Performance
    (71)
    Story
    (76)

    The last thing Dawson Black expected was Bethany Williams. As a Luxen, an alien life form on Earth, human girls are...well, fun. But since the Luxen have to keep their true identities a secret, falling for one would be insane. Dangerous. Tempting. Undeniable. Bethany can't deny the immediate connection between her and Dawson. And even though boys aren't a complication she wants, she can't stay away from him. Still, whenever they lock eyes, she's drawn in. Captivated. Lured. Loved.

    A.L. Hernandez says: "Awful narrator!!"
    "Awful narrator!!"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    A different narrator. She sounded like she was pinching her nose while trying to use the restroom. It was distracting.


    How could the performance have been better?

    A completely different narrator


    Any additional comments?

    I'm very easy to please when it comes to narration, but I couldn't take the sound of her voice for more than 25 minutes. She constantly mispronounced the names and some common words. It was almost painful. I've purchased the kindle version and will be requesting a refund on the audio version. Such a disappointment.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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