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Alaina

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  • Fish & Chips

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Madeleine Urban, Abigail Roux
    • Narrated By Sean Crisden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (422)
    Performance
    (399)
    Story
    (399)

    Special Agents Ty Grady and Zane Garrett are back on the job, settled into a personal and professional relationship built on fierce protectiveness and blistering passion. Now they’re assigned to impersonate two members of an international smuggling ring—an out-and-proud married couple—on a Christmas cruise in the Caribbean.

    MM says: "The Book: LOVE The Narrator: NOT AT ALL"
    "Great Story, Great Narrator"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, I feel this series works even better on audio than in print/ebook. When I first read the series, I didn't really buy into Ty and Zane's romance (at least initially), but hearing the series makes it more real. And, Sean Crisden makes the characters super sexy!


    Have you listened to any of Sean Crisden’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This is the first I've heard, but I really enjoyed his narration. In fact, I was surprised to read the other reviews complaining about his interpretation of the characters. I enjoyed his narration far more than the narration of the first two books in the series, which were narrated by Sawyer Allerde. Although Allerde did a good job, I don't feel that he differentied enough between Ty and Zane, whereas Crisden gives each character a distinct voice. I also didn't hear any sort of Yogi Bear impersonation, but maybe that's because I didn't watch that cartoon enough to have a real sense of which chracter might have a Yogi bear voice.


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  • Primal Bonds: A Shifters Unbound Novel, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Jennifer Ashley
    • Narrated By Cris Dukehart
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (309)
    Performance
    (283)
    Story
    (286)

    When a female Shifter comes to town seeking refuge, Feline Shifter Sean Morrissey claims the new arrival and finds a beautiful woman who looks him straight in the eye without fear, stirring the mating frenzy within him. To relocate to a new Shiftertown, half-Fae, half-Shifter Andrea Gray must accept a new mate. But Andrea's intense attraction to Sean is something shen ever expected - a perilous complication for a woman with a troubled past.

    Amazon Customer says: "Good story, bad narration"
    "Irish, Scottish, Australian-what's the difference?"
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    What did you like best about Primal Bonds? What did you like least?

    The world building is good--it's not necessarily a unique take (the premise shares similarities with the Fea reservations in the Mercy Thompson series), but it's interesting and different within the shifter genre. I do wish it pushed a little harder on challenging gender roles, though. I enjoy an alpha male as much as the next reader, but it would be nice if alpha females weren't quite so "rare". All the women are depicted as being strong, so why do they still have to all be subordinate in the power structures?


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Primal Bonds?

    The final confrontation-- this is actually the second time I've listened to this book, and it's one of the more memorable in the series (trying not to give away spoilers). Also, the part with the underwear.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Cris Dukehart’s performances?

    I've heard her before and she's ok. This is not her strongest performance. Really, if you can't do a passable accent, you really ought not to try. The Morriseys sound like a garbled mixture of Irish, Scottish, and Australian. And Ronan inexplicably has a conglomeration of various English accents. The editing/pacing of some scenes is also pretty rough, with Dukehart pausing in the middle of a line as if she lost her place. It's not the worst narration ever (by a long shot) but I can see why some reviewers are so put off by it.


    Do you think Primal Bonds needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Well, it's part of a series, so yes, of course there should be more books. But do Andrea and Sean specifically need a second book? Eh.


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  • Midnight's Daughter: Dorina Basarab, Dhampir, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Karen Chance
    • Narrated By Joyce Bean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (279)
    Performance
    (168)
    Story
    (167)

    Dorina Basarab is a dhampir - half-human, half-vampire. Subject to uncontrollable rages, most dhampirs live very short, very violent lives. So far Dory has managed to maintain her sanity by unleashing her anger on those demons and vampires who deserve killing. Now Dory's vampire father has come back into her life. Her uncle Dracula (yes, the Dracula), infamous even among vampires for his cruelty and murderous ways, has escaped his prison.

    Leanna says: "Too much bravado"
    "Good narrator, but accents need work"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, this series is a great component of the Cassie Palmer universe. The characters are fun, and Dory is nice contrast to a lot of urban fantasy heroines.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Dory-- she tough and snarky and totally competent and confident. It's a nice change from other heroines who can sometimes be too riddled without doubt or are thrown into a universe they don't totally understand. I also enjoy that she enjoys being crass and "low class" just to piss people off.


    What does Joyce Bean bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Joyce Bean is a great narrator. I've listened to her before, and I think she really nails Dory and the other main characters in terms of attitude and timing. My only problem with her narration is her accents. Sometimes Louis-Cesare sounds German instead of French, and Mircea and Dracula seem a little heavy-handed. And Casanova, who is less of a character in this book than in the Cassie Palmer books, for some reason has a Cockney accent. That was actually a little disturbing since his whole shtick is "Latin lover".


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No. But I've read it before, so I wasn't really feeling the suspense that a first time reader/listener might feel.


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