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Diana DC

Blue Moon Reviews

Washington, DC, United States | Member Since 2008

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  • Dream Lake

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Lisa Kleypas
    • Narrated By Jeff Cummings
    Overall
    (186)
    Performance
    (169)
    Story
    (163)

    Alex Nolan is as bitter and cynical as they come. One of three Nolan brothers who call Friday Harbor home, he’s nothing like Sam or Mark. They actually believe in love; they think the risk of pain is worth the chance of happiness. But Alex battles his demons with the help of a whiskey bottle, and he lives in his own private hell. And then a ghost shows up. Only Alex can see him. Has Alex finally crossed over the threshold to insanity? Zoë Hoffman is as gentle and romantic as they come. When she meets Alex, all her instincts tell her to run.

    Diana DC says: "Wrong Narrator"
    "Wrong Narrator"
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    Read this excellent book. The audio narrator is miscast.

    I have no idea what goes into casting decisions but I can't imagine who thought Jeff Cummings, who has not narrated a ROMANCE before, was the right choice for a major new release in ROMANCE. He voices the HEROINE in the dreaded drag queen, breathy, I'm-so-blonde-and-dumb-as-mud-but-I'm-perky style that causes romance readers to grind their teeth. Please. As if that weren't bad enough, the ghost (a major character with a lot of lines) sounds whiney and annoying -- far from how the character is written. His hero voice is nothing to write home about either -- gruffer and ruder than he's written.

    Producer? Director? Why didn't somebody clue him in?

    There are so many talented narrators, both male and female, who could have hit a home run with this highly anticipated book. Narrators who GET romance. Mr Cummings buffoonish performance pretty much convinced me that he has a low opinion of romance and its readers. I don't think he liked what he was reading -- and it shows.

    24 of 24 people found this review helpful
  • Diamond Bay

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Linda Howard
    • Narrated By Brenda Sweeney
    Overall
    (32)
    Performance
    (28)
    Story
    (29)

    Rachel Jones wasn't looking for trouble, much less a man, but in Kell Sabin she found both. On a hot summer's night Kell is washed up - barely alive - on a Florida beach and into Rachel's life. Their love blossoms as he recovers from his injuries. But by falling in love with Kell, Rachel has put her own life in danger from the forces that want him dead. Once fate has bought them together, can they learn to live apart?

    Diana DC says: "Worst possible narrator choice"
    "Worst possible narrator choice"
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    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.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Stone Guardian: Entwined Realms Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Danielle Monsch
    • Narrated By Tavia Gilbert
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (170)
    Performance
    (156)
    Story
    (160)

    Gryphons flying past skyscrapers? Wizards battling it out in coffeehouses? Women riding motorcycles with large swords strapped to their backs? All normal sights since the Great Collision happened twenty-six years ago. Well, not normal for everyone. Larissa Miller may have been born after the Great Collision, but as a history teacher who lives in the human-only city, she has never come into contact with any other race or species, nor has she wanted to.

    Sabrina says: "Fan Freakin Tastic!"
    "Same Old"
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    Nothing new. I listened for a couple of hours as bits and pieces from other paranormal romance and urban fantasy series were blended in.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Protecting What's His: Line of Duty Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Tessa Bailey
    • Narrated By Alice Chapman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (32)
    Performance
    (30)
    Story
    (29)

    The opportunity was just too damn delicious for Ginger Peet to pass up. The purse full of money she finds - $50,000 to be exact - could give her and her teen sister the new start they need. So she grabs the cash, her gothy sibling, and their life-sized statue of Dolly Parton, and blows outta Nashville in a cloud of dust. Chicago, here we come...

    Diana DC says: "Good book, poor audio"
    "Good book, poor audio"
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    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.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Deadline

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Sandra Brown
    • Narrated By Stephen Lang
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (169)
    Performance
    (149)
    Story
    (152)

    Dawson Scott is a well-respected journalist recently returned from Afghanistan. Haunted by everything he experienced, he's privately suffering from battle fatigue which is a threat to every aspect of his life. But then he gets a call from a source within the FBI. A new development has come to light in a story that began 40 years ago. It could be the BIG story of Dawson's career one in which he has a vested interest.

    Elaine says: "Unbelievably mediocre!"
    "Wish there were more like it..."
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    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.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Hush

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Anne Frasier
    • Narrated By Emily Beresford
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (44)
    Performance
    (36)
    Story
    (37)

    It's criminal profiler Ivy Dunlap's job to unravel the psyches of the most dangerous men alive. None haunt her dreams more than the killer who took her son's life sixteen years ago, then silently disappeared into the dark. Now an urgent request for help from the Chicago police has reawakened Ivy's greatest nightmare. The Madonna Murderer has returned to fulfill his calling. This time Ivy understands the killer, and will face her greatest fear to stop him from killing again.

    Diana DC says: "Compelling and deliciously creepy"
    "Compelling and deliciously creepy"
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    I've been a regular reader of Anne Frasier's thrillers for as long as she's been writing them. What a happy surprise to see that Hush has made its way to audio!

    Narrator Emily Beresford convincingly brings Frasier's characters to life with distinct voices for all. It's a tautly written serial killer police procedural, an intelligent and meaty story. Frasier's hero and heroine are refreshingly human; a welcome change from the stick figure kickass heroine and waxed-torso-of-steel hero so prevalent in recent romantic suspense.

    I'd love to see more of Frasier's suspense brought to audio. Ditto her romances written as Theresa Weir.

    Review copy provided by the author.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Be My Baby

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Susan Andersen
    • Narrated By Annie Green
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (30)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (27)

    Proper Boston Brahmin Juliet Rose Astor Lowell doesn't want her body guarded by anyone while she's in New Orleans for the grand opening of Daddy's new hotel - especially not by macho cop Beau Dupree.

    Diana DC says: "Narrator Fail"
    "Narrator Fail"
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    I'm so bummed. Be My Baby is an old favorite and I was so looking forward to the audiobook. Annie Green's reading fails the material. Let me count the ways.

    * Misplaced awkward starts and stops. (Oh? There are more words in the sentence?) This sounds like a cold, unrehearsed reading.
    * Female characters are pitched low. Male characters sound like cartoon ducks on helium.
    * Her mispronunciation of every freakin' common contraction in the text (and there are a lot of them) is indescribably irritating. DIT-tint. COULD-tint. HAT-tint. Is this an affectation?
    * She mispronounces common words willy-nilly. I tried keeping a list but it became an overwhelming task. Not acceptable from a professional voice actor.

    Susan Andersen's excellent book and its fans should have been treated much better than this. There should be a do-over.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Mystery Man

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Kristen Ashley
    • Narrated By Kate Russell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (767)
    Performance
    (726)
    Story
    (731)

    Gwendolyn Kidd has met the man of her dreams. He's hot, he's sexy, and what started as a no-names-exchanged night of passion has blossomed into a year and a half-long pleasure fest. Sure, it's a little strange that he only appears in her bed at night, but Gwen is so sure he's the one, she just can't turn him away…. Hawk Delgado knows more about Gwen than she could ever imagine. She's gorgeous, headstrong, and skittish about relationships. But Hawk is facing his own demons, demons that keep him from connecting with anyone.

    Angela says: "Fan-freakin-tastic!!!!!"
    "Narrator Exactly Right"
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    I'm so glad this series has come to audio. The books need a female narrator since the books are written from the heroine's POV. Yay for Kate Russell! She nailed Gwen's personality - most importantly her playful sense of humor. Her reading of Hawk was dead on as well. Totally enjoyed it!

    I was very unhappy with the narrator cast for Own the Wind so I'm relieved to see a change for the better. Ideally, this series would have a male and female narrator team. It would be great to hear these bad boys read in a deep rumbly voice. Otherwise, I hope Kate Russell reads the rest of the series.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Maggie's Man: Family Secrets, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Lisa Gardner
    • Narrated By Kate Rudd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (106)
    Performance
    (93)
    Story
    (92)

    When shy and reserved Maggie Ferringer is called for jury duty, she never expects to be kidnapped by an escaped convict. But when Cain Cannon, disguised as a prison guard, pulls a gun, she has no choice but to be taken hostage. Cain claims that he’s innocent of killing his girlfriend six years ago, and now he wants revenge on the people who put him behind bars. Soon Maggie becomes more than just a hostage to Cain. As they slowly begin to share the secrets of their respective pasts, Maggie discovers that she wants to fight for Cain’s freedom - because he just might be the kind of man she can love.

    Diana DC says: "Maggie's Man"
    "Maggie's Man"
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    I'm in the middle on this one. I didn't like it as much as I'd expected to. Decent romance, decent suspense but it didn't light my fire.

    Kate Rudd's tone for Maggie was too perky and cute for a heroine who's been kidnapped by a convicted felon. That was jarring and all kinds of wrong.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Night Prey

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Carol Davis Luce
    • Narrated By Jennette Selig
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (35)
    Performance
    (28)
    Story
    (31)

    Roberta Paxton had a pleasant, challenging job, a man who loved her, and a host of good friends, but anxiety gnawed at her, at the back of her mind, at the edge of her vision, something was threatening her... something or someone. She tried to talk about it, but nobody wanted to listen, not even her 13-year-old sister, Tobie. Roberta had had these premonitions before, Tobie reminded her. She was just being paranoid.

    Diana DC says: "I thought it would never end!"
    "I thought it would never end!"
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    I listened to this audiobook while working on a project and it went on and on and on...

    Seriously, the makings of a good mystery were here but I cannot believe an editor ever got near it. Naval gazing, repetition, superfluous POVs from secondary characters, long detailed landscape descriptions, more repetition, more landscapes, more naval gazing. It was mind numbing! There were some serious plot problems as well -- the dumbest, most incompetent police detectives EVER chief among them. The copyright date 2012 on the Audible site is misleading as hell.. I couldn't figure out why no one used a cell phone when their circumstances became dire. Further investigation reveals an original copyright date of 1992. No wonder police procedures and technology come across as outdated.

    I liked the hero and heroine and I totally enjoyed the monstrous, extra scary villain.

    Narrator Jennette Selig did a good job -- a yeoman job. Her style is dry and no nonsense and it works well for suspense. I am experimenting with Audible's whispersync price cuts. I got the ebook and the audiobook for about $3.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Lie with Me: A Shadow Force Novel, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Stephanie Tyler
    • Narrated By Johanna Parker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (53)
    Performance
    (48)
    Story
    (47)

    Framed for a double murder, Delta Force operative Cameron Moore is given a new lease on life by the CIA - provided he pays them back by doing their black ops dirty work. But now Cam is ready to renegotiate the deal, and he thinks he's found the perfect bargaining chip: Skylar Slavin, bestselling author of espionage thrillers and the daughter of the CIA man who saved CAM from a prison sentence.

    Denise B says: "Story was lacking but Johanna makes up for it."
    "Excellent Romantic Suspense"
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    Cameron Moore and Skylar Slavin are adult children — survivors, really — of hardcore black ops agents. I found this premise a fascinating one and Tyler fulfilled its promise, exploring a little known lifestyle with compelling results. Both Cam and Sky had horrific childhoods as a direct result of their parents’ secretive undercover work.


    Johanna Parker’s narration is exactly right. I heard (and liked a lot, thank you very much) Cam’s lusty, sexually adventurous nature that makes him a caring and generous lover. Parker doesn’t significantly differ Cam’s voice from all those other guys with “Future Hero” stamped on their foreheads, but that would have been a big challenge indeed, and not truly necessary. Happily, there’s no doubt that Cam is the Alpha of his own book. Parker’s female characterizations have more variety and Skylar sounds just as she should. I’ve been enjoying Parker’s narration throughout the Shadow Force series. She gets the grittiness as well as the tenderness and I think she’s an ideal narrator in the romantic suspense.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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