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Val

Stamford, CT, United States | Member Since 2006

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  • Cloak & Silence: The League; Book 6 of First Generation

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Sherrilyn Kenyon
    • Narrated By Holter Graham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (157)
    Performance
    (143)
    Story
    (147)

    One of the fiercest soldiers the Phrixians have ever produced, Maris Sulle has been an outsider his whole life. He grew up with a secret that cost him everything - his birthright, his family, his military career. He's only ever had one love, and Maris has sacrificed that to see his best friend reunited with the woman he loves. His good deed done, he now feels lost and adrift. Even though his new family does its best to include him, he's once again on the outside looking in.

    Heather says: "Sherrilyn and Holter are back!"
    "I could not enjoy the book"
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    I just could not enjoy this book, either the story or the narration… A sexy male warrior with a very feminine behavior just doesn’t sit right with me. I enjoy gay relationships just as much as straight relationships in the book as long as they behave as they are presented. I like male warrior behave as a male regardless of his sexual preferences. Obviously, this is just my personal preference. I regret spending my credit on this book.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Some Girls Bite: Chicagoland Vampires, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Chloe Neill
    • Narrated By Cynthia Holloway
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1368)
    Performance
    (1045)
    Story
    (1060)

    They killed me. They healed me. They changed me. Sure, the life of a graduate student wasn't exactly glamorous, but it was mine. I was doing fine until Chicago's vampires announced their existence to the world---and then a rogue vampire attacked me. But he only got a sip before he was scared away by another bloodsucker...and this one decided that the best way to save my life was to make me the walking undead.

    Stephanie says: "GREAT"
    "Unfortunately agree with some of the reviews"
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    I am finishing a second book and unfortunately agree with reviewers about very shallow story and no connection (or no believable connection) among the characters, immature dialogs. English is a second language for me, so I am not usually very sensitive to a choice of words used to describe various actions or feelings. I found myself cringing more than once by the choices in these serious, as the author trying to prove extra hard that she is intelligent...

    I actually enjoyed the narration and don't think anybody could make the story better with a different narration.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dark Bites: A Short Story Collection (Dark-Hunter Novels)

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Sherrilyn Kenyon
    • Narrated By Fred Berman
    Overall
    (192)
    Performance
    (177)
    Story
    (178)

    For years, fans have been clamoring for an all-in-one collection of #1 best-selling author Sherrilyn Kenyon's novellas. At their enthusiastic behest, we have delivered this brand-new short story collection, including stories previously exclusive to Sherrilyn's website, as well as an all-new, never-before seen Dark-Hunter story! Sherrilyn Kenyon takes listeners from the Dark-Hunters to the demigods, from Dream-Hunters to demons, and everything in between.

    Carey S. says: "Freakin' loved it!!!"
    "Enjoyable"
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    All stories are true to ms. Kenyon style, so there are no surprises and exactly what I was expecting. Maybe I will get tired of these stories one of these days, and then, maybe not… I like them playing on the background and let my day pass more enjoyable. As usual, I love narration of Fred Berman. He is definitely on auto buy list for me when he narrates PRN romance novels.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Swallowing Darkness: Meredith Gentry, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Laurell K. Hamilton
    • Narrated By Claudia Black
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (617)
    Performance
    (290)
    Story
    (297)

    "I am Meredith, princess of faerie, wielder of the hands of Flesh and Blood, and at long last, I am with child twins, fathered by my royal guard. Though my uncle, Taranis, King of Light and Illusion, claims that he is the true father since he abducted me from my home, betrayed, and defiled me. And now he has branded my guards as a threat to my unborn children."

    Kristy says: "Story is great, narration was not so great"
    "Great narration by Claudia Black"
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    I noticed some of the people did not care for Claudia Black, but I absolutely loved it, much more than Laural Merglington. I wish she narrated all the Meredith Gentry books. I usually feel very disappointed when narrators are switched in the middle of the series, but this switch happened to be an exception for me. I hope Claudia Black will narrate more books. I am putting her on my watch list for other books.

    I enjoyed the book very much. I know there is not much activity in the story but I knew it ahead of time from other reviewers. So I did not have high expectations and found it very fast and light and, of course, sexy reading. Will I listen it again? Probably not... But it will be definitely on my list if I want something light playing on the background.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Magic Strikes: Kate Daniels, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Ilona Andrews
    • Narrated By Renée Raudman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1306)
    Performance
    (841)
    Story
    (854)

    Drafted into working for the Order of Merciful Aid, mercenary Kate Daniels has more paranormal problems than she knows what to do with. But when Kate's werewolf friend Derek is discovered nearly dead, she must confront her greatest challenge yet. As her investigation leads her to the Midnight Games---an invitation-only, no-holds-barred, ultimate preternatural fighting tournament---she and Curran, the Beast Lord, uncover a dark plot that may forever alter the face of Atlanta's shapeshifting community.

    BlueMtn says: "Fantastic Listen!!"
    "How hard to ask native speakers for help?"
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    I enjoy the series very much! However, I feel very disappointed by a narrator's lack of respect for Russian language. There are maybe 10 words in the whole book relating to Russian folklore, since Kate has Russian ancestors. Every one of them is pronounce in such bad way, I can’t even recognize the words. I actually feel insulted. I realized, it is silly to have such strong emotions, due to the genre of the book… But at the same time, I expect a little of homework and a due diligence from a professional.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Close Remembrance: The Krinar Chronicles: Volume 3

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Anna Zaires, Dima Zales
    • Narrated By Emily Durante
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (132)
    Performance
    (128)
    Story
    (128)

    The stunning conclusion to the critically acclaimed series that has won thousands of fans! When a ruthless enemy finally strikes, Mia and Korum will face the biggest test of their relationship yet. But it's Korum's own secrets that may ultimately tear them apart. From the beaches of Costa Rica to a planet in a distant galaxy, theirs is a love story that may change the world...

    RaeMisha says: "Passionate and Intense Romance"
    "Oh, why to change narrators?"
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    I really don't understand the business decision to use different narrators for the books in the same series with the same main characters. This is just an incompetence at its core.

    I really liked the first narrator, the next two narrators are just absolutely horrible. I had to turn off Emily Durante narrating Tairen Souls and lost three credits, I just can't stomach her narration. And now this... Unfortunately, I have to put on my list "Do not buy" another book narrated by Ms. Durante.

    I don't think Ms. Zaires had enough material for three books. A second and a third book was a huge stretch just to make a book. I did not have very high expectations due to genre of this category, but a combination of a poor story which was mostly a repetition of the first book with a bad narration made me regretting spending my credit.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Close Obsession: The Krinar Chronicles, Volume 2

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Anna Zaires, Dima Zales
    • Narrated By Kitty Hendrix
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (177)
    Performance
    (172)
    Story
    (170)

    The highly anticipated sequel to Close Liaisons…In Lenkarda - the main Krinar colony on Earth - Mia is completely at Korum's mercy. With no way to leave and no idea how to operate even the most basic Krinar technology, she has no choice but to trust the K who brought her there - the lover whom she had betrayed. Will he keep his promise to bring her home, or is she destined to be his prisoner forever? Can a human become a part of Krinar society? Does Korum love her, or does he only wish to possess her? You must listen to find out…

    Leesa says: "My kind of flavor!!"
    "Oh why, oh why to cange narrators"
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    I wished so much Kathleen Godwin continued narrating the second book.  For the most part, I found narration tolerable by Kitty Hendrix (there are plenty narrators that are so much worse), however, I found almost impossible to listen to sex scenes…. I highly recommend to get a book instead. I would buy this book again with a different narrator.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Never Seduce a Scot: Montgomerys and Armstrongs, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Maya Banks
    • Narrated By Kirsten Potter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1651)
    Performance
    (1505)
    Story
    (1508)

    Eveline Armstrong is fiercely loved and protected by her powerful clan, but outsiders consider her "touched." Beautiful, fey, with a level, intent gaze, she doesn't speak. No one, not even her family, knows that she cannot hear. Content with her life of seclusion, Eveline has taught herself to read lips and allows the outside world to view her as daft. But when an arranged marriage into a rival clan makes Graeme Montgomery her husband, Eveline accepts her duty -unprepared for the delights to come.

    CAROLYN says: "OMG - NOW THAT'S WHAT I CALL A GREAT LISTEN"
    "Too cheesy"
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    This is my first book by Maya Banks. I can see why so many women like this book. However, it is way to cheesy for me. I usually don't mind cheesy romance novels as long as they are paranormal and sci-fi.

    Kirsten Potter is absolutely fantastic, as usual.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • How Beauty Met the Beast: Book One of Tales of the Underlight

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Jax Garren
    • Narrated By Therese Plummer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (178)
    Performance
    (163)
    Story
    (164)

    The Beast Scarred. Damaged. Living with a terrible secret. Agent of the Underlight Wesley 'Hauk' Haukon has nothing left but the fight for liberty against the oppressive Order of Ananke. He's starting to lose hope...and then he sees her. The Beauty Despite her night job as a burlesque dancer, grad student Jolie Benoit has always played the mostly good girl. That all changes following a scorching sexual encounter with a stranger whose face she doesn't see.

    Sharon says: "Left me wanting more..."
    "It should have been only one book, not three..."
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    The book was broken into three parts and sold as three different books. Tough, I enjoyed the story, it most definitely NOT worth 3 credits. One credit yes, but not three…. I feel a little cheated.

    Theresa Plummer is a fantastic narrator. I am adding her to my favorite narrators list to watch out for.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Black Moon: Alpha Pack Series, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By J. D. Tyler
    • Narrated By Kirsten Potter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (421)
    Performance
    (388)
    Story
    (387)

    Ever since he saved Dr. Mackenzie Grant's life, panther, shifter, and sorcerer Kalen Black has had trouble keeping the beautiful doctor out of his thoughts and his heart. The brush with death awakened an intense passion between them - one that for the first time had the notorious loner letting down his guard. With the Alpha Pack battling an evil Fae who is slowly gaining control over Kalen's mind, Kalen can no longer trust his own actions, and he breaks off his affair with Mackenzie in order to keep her safe. But when Mackenzie learns that she is carrying Kalen's child, no amount of danger will keep her away from the man she loves.

    CAROLYN says: "GOOD DEFINITELY.......... BUT JUST NOT BRILLIANT"
    "Enjoyed it!"
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    Even though Kalen and Mackenzie annoyed me to death, I still managed to enjoy this book. Kalen seems not being able to grow up and Mackenzie behaves like uneducated young lady, especially considering that she supposed to be a shrink... I was hoping for more in this in this book. I doubt I will listen it again, but I definitely do not regret spending a credit.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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