If you like dark werewolf tales told in a darkly sexy voice, I urge you to start at the beginning with Briggs’ Alpha and Omega series. In this third book alpha dominant Charles Cornick and Anna Latham, newly mated and settling in with Charles’ pack on a Montana mountain, find their uneasy relationship tested anew.
As a rare omega wolf, Anna is highly prized for her ability to empathize with and calm her kind. She is the only one who sees that Charles is severely distressed over over his work as enforcer and executioner and that he’s trying to spare Anna his agony by shutting down his end of the mating bond. Holter Graham clearly conveys Charles’ imposing size and forbidding demeanor, and he adds a deliciously deliberate I’m-just-a-big-dumb-guy flavor while Charles has too much fun standing behind Anna pretending to be a clueless hunk of muscled bodyguard. Kudos to Briggs for forward movement in the story arc and for satisfying, organic growth in the series regulars -- and applause to Graham for getting it.
Holter Graham is a talented narrator who makes it sound easy. He employs an easily recognizable voice for each character and he is sublimely comfortable with the material. Graham’s mastery proves the importance of casting the right narrator for an entire series. A goodly number of parts are in play and Graham never misses a beat. Amazing!
An absolutely spectacular denouement caps off the story and it’s so cool that I’m not even going to hint at what happens. Graham’s intuitive delivery adds to the jaw-dropping surprise. Don’t miss this one!
A full version of this review appears at All About Romance Speaking of Audiobooks.
Do hipsters really behave this way? I just can't buy into a heroine so narcissistic and immature and cold-fish mean as Regan. Not to mention dumb enough to go hiking in the woods in 6 inch heels. If a romance novelist reversed her protagonists gender roles and had a hero behave the way this heroine does he'd be booed off the page as an irredeemable loser. Doesn't work as a romance no matter which one of the pair is a jerk.
Narrator did a great job with what she had to work with.
Well, this was a surprise, and not the good kind. Call me crazy, but a truly non-functioning, self-destructive, mentally ill woman getting fake romanced by a truly smarmy undercover ATF agent is not a story I can get behind. Paramilitary, paranoid nutjobs with Big Guns playing militia games in the West Virginia woods are not characters I can feel any empathy for any more than I can for the aforementioned slimy "good guys."
Narrator David Brenin has a voice and style well suited to romantic suspense. I'm up for listening to his work again.
The far right political slant of the "heroic" characters in this book is distasteful to me and just bizarre in the context of a romance. Wish I'd known.
I rarely rate an audiobook as perfect but then I rarely enjoy one as much as I did Roulette. This book sparkles with wit and and a delightful sense of joie de vivre. Serious and super responsible American executive is gobsmacked by billionaire French industrialist. There's enough angst to make finding their HEA worthwhile, but for the most part Roulette is just plain fun.
I've never experienced narrator Neva Navarre but she nails it in voicing Mulry's characters. Bravo!
Kate and Curran are now my favorite fictional couple. I loved their journey in Magic Breaks and where they ended up. Can't wait to see where they go next.
Renee Raudman is pitch perfect. She enables me to see and feel every character.
I felt so happy and satisfied when I finished that I immediately went back to chapter one and experienced the whole thing again.
Another old Linda Howard favorite botched by unbearable narration. Other reviewers have said it all. Wasted opportunity. Sad.
It started off well enough before stalling out. Neither one of these characters was strong enough to carry a book. Pia and Dragos would have been bored to tears.
Another much anticipated Linda Howard classic misinterpreted and bungled by narrator Brenda Sweeney. I am so disappointed. She reads like a preschool teacher, giving the heroine a bimbo voice. And poor Honey, what she did to you. Sweeney's performance couldn't be more wrong. This book was written for and beloved by intelligent adults. Just a terrible audio.
Nothing new. I listened for a couple of hours as bits and pieces from other paranormal romance and urban fantasy series were blended in.
Whispersync price tempted me to try a narrator I'd never heard. Wish I hadn't.
I enjoyed reading the book even though hot cop hero Derek may be a bit too much the caveman in his romancing technique. The author writes excellent banter and there were more than a few laugh-out-loud moments in the verbal battles between Ginger and Derek. Pretty good romantic suspense from a new (newish?) author I'll definitely read again.
I rated the performance one star. The narrator sounds muddy, mushy-mouthed, unprepared, and inexperienced. I suppose it's possible that this is another narrator using an alias for the naughty stuff, but she sounds very amateurish to my ear. Ginger and her sister Willa have just arrived in Chicago from Nashville. They should have an accent. And they do in a few passages, but mostly not. Actually all characters sound exactly the same regardless of gender, age, agency, or disappearing accent/no accent. Derek in the book is desirable, hot and dominant. Derek in the audio is a cypher. Overall, a disservice to a book I enjoyed.
Sandra Brown has pioneered her own unique niche since throwing off the constrainting rules of writing genre fiction with the publication of Envy in 2001. I have mad love for just about every word she's written since then and Deadline is no exception. Setting a meticulously crafted mystery/thriller at the heart of a love story, Brown honors her romance writing roots as well as her romance reader fans. Or is it the other way around--romance at the heart of a mystery? Either way you choose to look at it, one needs the other and it's a happy confluence that pleases me in all the best ways.
I've struggled with false starts and wholesale deletes in writing a review for fear of spoilers. I'm a spoiler hater and I'm glad that I experienced Deadline knowing only what is revealed in the blurb and I urge you to do the same. I reveled in Brown's trademark diabolical plot twists without having a clue as to where she was going with it. Unspoiled is the only way to go with Sandra Brown.
In addition to main protagonists Dawson and Ameilia, there are numerous characters important to the storyline, each requiring a unique voice. Stephan Lang aces it in that respect, seamlessly delivering dialogue between/among the entire cast while consistently staying in character. I especially loved his voicing of a certain villain An unexpected choice and so devious and insightful. Extra kudos to Lang for his heartbreaking reading of Flora's journal.
I didn't love Lang's Ameilia voice, not that the timbre is a problem, but a bit of a miss on her characterization. She sounds too soft and hesitant, almost apologetic, for an accomplished professional woman with an aristocratic upbringing. Hero Dawson Scott's voice is exactly right to my ear. Dawson is decidedly different sort of Sandra Brown hero and that's all I'm going to say. Lang clearly gets Dawson and I love him for that.
Sandra Brown delivers another excellent romantic thriller and Stephan Lang pretty much nails it.
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