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Lisa

Love to read and get lost in my books! I started listening to audio books about a year ago (as I work-out) and love it- keeps me exercising. I then usually buy the good ones and read them all over again.

LOCKPORT, NY, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • Ecstasy: The Shadowdwellers Series #1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Jacquelyn Frank
    • Narrated By Kirsten Potter
    Overall
    (370)
    Performance
    (344)
    Story
    (348)

    Among the Shadowdwellers, Trace holds power that some are willing to kill for. Without a stranger's aid, one rival would surely have succeeded, but Trace's brush with death is less surprising to him than his reaction to the beautiful, fragile human who heals him. By rights, Trace should hardly even register Ashla's existence within the realm of Shadowscape, but instead he is drawn to everything about her-her innocence, her courage, and her lush, sensual heat.

    CAROLYN says: "IT WAS PURE PARANORMAL ESCAPISM AND IT WAS ECSTASY"
    "I like the storyline - unique but the narrator..."
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The narrator- voice is very stuffy. Maybe too old sounding as well. Sounds almost as if reading a manual of some sort, technical tone to her voice. Made it hard to feel the book, and find the voice of the author. She would be better suited for a conspiracy novel.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Kirsten Potter’s performances?

    NO


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

    Yes, but with a new narrator


    Any additional comments?

    I think I would rather have "read" this book than "heard" it. Some romance was lost "in translation"

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • City of Heavenly Fire: The Mortal Instruments, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Cassandra Clare
    • Narrated By Jason Dohring, Sophie Turner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (813)
    Performance
    (749)
    Story
    (752)

    Darkness has descended on the Shadowhunter world. Chaos and destruction overwhelm the Nephilim as Clary, Jace, Simon, and their friends band together to fight the greatest evil they have ever faced: Clary's own brother. Nothing in this world can defeat Sebastian - but if they journey to the realm of demons, they just might have a chance.... Lives will be lost, love sacrificed, and the whole world will change. Who will survive the explosive sixth and final installment of the Mortal Instruments series?

    Lisa says: "Disappointing Narration for a beloved series."
    "Disappointing Narration for a beloved series."
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Bring back Molly Quinn or Natalie Moore, and Ed Westwick. They nailed it, brought the books to life. I'm sure these narrators would be fabulous in their own series- changing narrators wasn't the best idea.


    What didn’t you like about Jason Dohring and Sophie Turner ’s performance?

    Their accents are off. Sophie is passable but ...Clary is a New Yorker! Where is Jace's sarcasm- the tone is off- sounds lifeless.. I LOVE this series- but new narrators do not do the storyline justice- they even botch the pronunciation of common terms throughout the series. The book is well written. I was looking forward to this for so long :(


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

    The book itself is great!


    Any additional comments?

    Can we re-do the narration with our old narrators?

    34 of 35 people found this review helpful
  • Lover Mine: Black Dagger Brotherhood, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By J.R. Ward
    • Narrated By Jim Frangione
    Overall
    (1974)
    Performance
    (1186)
    Story
    (1203)

    John Matthew has come a long way since he was found living among humans, his vampire nature unknown. Taken in by The Brotherhood, no one could guess what his true history was-or his true identity. Xhex has long steeled herself against the attraction to John Matthew. Until fate intervenes and she discovers that love, like destiny, is inevitable.

    Patsy G. says: "MMMMM WOW..."
    "ok give this narrator due props!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Lover Mine the most enjoyable?

    Jim Frangione brings this book to life. I have read AND listened to all of them and this narrator nails it everytime! JR WARDS writing is ALWAYS phenomenal! This series is one of the best out there for paranormal romance ( with J Frank and G Showlater OF COURSE)


    What did you like best about this story?

    John Matthews getting what he deserves- a powerfully strong woman in Xhex


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

    amazing


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    You can not make a film about a series and get it right, Besides an appropriate TAG line would be so inappropriate


    Any additional comments?

    Get the whole series- start at book 1 and work your way up. When you get to Vishous- think David Gandy and all will be right in the world :)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gideon: Nightwalkers Series, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Jacquelyn Frank
    • Narrated By Xe Sands
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (666)
    Performance
    (586)
    Story
    (591)

    As a healer, he knows her body. But it's her heart he wants. For a thousand years, Gideon has healed his people. And as the oldest surviving male of his race, his wisdom has always been respected without question. But Gideon knows that even he is vulnerable to the powerful, primitive desires that befall his kind during Hallowed moons---and nine years ago that truth was hammered home when he found himself claiming Magdalena, the Demon King's sister, in a wild embrace.

    A User says: "It's all about the Narration"
    "Paranormal Romance at its BEST. XE SANDS top notch"
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    Would you listen to Gideon again? Why?

    Yes, already listenened to it twice! Great story, great series, love the characters, Xe Sands is one of the best narrators I have ever listened to. Her voice is amazing. Perfect for the series of night walkers.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The unique story line. The characters abilities


    What about Xe Sands’s performance did you like?

    Her ability to change voices with each sounding perfect.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Loved through and through


    Any additional comments?

    Once you listen to Jacob you have to hear Gideon and you are hooked. Keeps getting better- get Elijah next!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Jacob: Nightwalkers Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Jacquelyn Frank
    • Narrated By Xe Sands
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1149)
    Performance
    (1010)
    Story
    (1008)

    Since time began, there have been Nightwalkers - the races of the night who live in the shadows of the moonlight. Love with humans is absolutely forbidden, and one man makes certain to uphold this ancient law: Jacob, the Enforcer. For 700 years, he has resisted temptation. But not tonight... Jacob knows the excuses his people give when the madness overtakes them and they fall prey to their lust for humans. He's heard every one and still brought the trespassers to justice. Immune to forbidden desires, uncontrollable hungers....

    Dorothea says: "Awesome!"
    "Frank does NOT disappoint!! Need whole series now!"
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    If you could sum up Jacob in three words, what would they be?

    Intriguing! Sensual! New!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Jacob?

    Library Scene


    What about Xe Sands’s performance did you like?

    Talented narrator- brought the characters to life


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Every instance where Jacob shows his vulnerability- very moving!


    Any additional comments?

    Jacquelyn Frank is one of the best Paranormal romance authors out there (Gena Showalter the other) When you start one of their series you MUST have them all. You escape reality and are IN their worlds! Thank YOU! Addicting.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rapture: The Shadowdwellers Series, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Jacquelyn Frank
    • Narrated By Kirsten Potter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (289)
    Performance
    (268)
    Story
    (270)

    Magnus is a man of contradictions - a spiritual leader in a warrior's body. To him, laws are for enforcing and visions must be followed - even if that means freeing a beautiful slave and making her his reluctant handmaiden. Betrayed once before, Magnus can barely bring himself to trust another woman. Yet Daenaira's fiery innocence is drawing them both into a reckless inferno of desire. Daenaira grew up hearing tales of a fearsome priest who seemed more myth than reality. But Magnus is very real - every inch of him - and so is the treachery surrounding them.

    Melanie says: "Looking in Shadows for a Dweller"
    "Worth every penny spent!"
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    If you could sum up Rapture in three words, what would they be?

    Erotic, Love Magnus!


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

    In the first one in this series-I was disappointed with her performance HOWEVER- she was amazing in this one! She really brought these characters to life.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Loved this book- laughed and smiled at sly little Dae.


    Any additional comments?

    A must listen, good storyline, intrigued by the shadowdweller world-- want to hear the next book- Pleasure.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Crossed

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Ally Condie
    • Narrated By Kate Simses, Jack Riccobono
    Overall
    (950)
    Performance
    (846)
    Story
    (855)

    The hotly awaited second book in the dystopian Matched trilogy.... In search of a future that may not exist and faced with the decision of who to share it with, Cassia journeys to the Outer Provinces in pursuit of Ky - taken by the Society to his certain death - only to find that he has escaped, leaving a series of clues in his wake.

    Amazon Customer says: "Can't Wait for Book Three"
    "Better than "Matched" Heartfelt, worth the listen!"
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    What did you love best about Crossed?

    Ky- his character development and the voice of the male narrator- Much better, He brings Ky to life


    What other book might you compare Crossed to and why?

    Divergent Trilogy, Enclave and the like. Dystopian Society


    Which character – as performed by Kate Simses and Jack Riccobono – was your favorite?

    KY


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Movies never capture a book correctly but.. Do you be who SOCIETY wants you to be or do you be YOU


    Any additional comments?

    Second book very well written, brought tears to my eyes multiple times.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Matched: Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Ally Condie
    • Narrated By Kate Simses
    Overall
    (1470)
    Performance
    (1164)
    Story
    (1184)

    Cassia has always trusted the Society to make the right choices for her: what to read, what to watch, what to believe. So when Xander's face appears on-screen at her Matching ceremony, Cassia knows with complete certainty that he is her ideal mate... until she sees Ky Markham's face flash for an instant before the screen fades to black.

    FanB14 says: "Giver Goes Green"
    "Great Story, The narrator sounds VERY young"
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    What did you love best about Matched?

    The story line is great.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Matched?

    When Cassia finally figures out who she loves, the moments on the hill


    How could the performance have been better?

    A narrator with an older voice, after all the characters are to be 17 but sound like a 12 year old


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Moved when Cassia becomes honest with herself, Xander, and Ky and starts to act on her fears


    Any additional comments?

    At the start I was "put off"" by the narrators voice but continued because of the story line and I wanted to see how it played out (Just as I predicted) I did like it and I continued to the next book Crossed- which is better in my opinion. So keep listening.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • City of Bones: The Mortal Instruments, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Cassandra Clare
    • Narrated By Ari Graynor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4031)
    Performance
    (2891)
    Story
    (2929)

    When 15-year-old Clary Fray heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she hardly expects to witness a murder - much less a murder committed by three teenagers covered with strange tattoos and brandishing bizarre weapons. Then the body disappears into thin air. It's hard to call the police when the murderers are invisible to everyone else and when there is nothing, not even a smear of blood, to show that a boy has died. Or was he a boy?

    Teddy says: "2 Stars because it actually gets worse...."
    "Best Series Hands down!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, The characters will keep you wanting more


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    JACE. Clary. Simon. Isabella. MAGNUS. Alec. They work very well together.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    You must listen. There are so many.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • City of Ashes: The Mortal Instruments, Book Two

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Cassandra Clare
    • Narrated By Natalie Moore
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2705)
    Performance
    (1971)
    Story
    (1993)

    Clary Fray just wants her life to go back to normal - but that turns out to be impossible. For one thing, her mother is still in the hospital, in a mysterious coma. For another, she and her brother, Jace, have fallen under a cloud of suspicion now that the Shadowhunter world knows that Valentine is still alive - and that Jace and Clary are his son and daughter.

    Mishel says: "Not appropriate for adults - YA only"
    "WOW!"
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    What made the experience of listening to City of Ashes the most enjoyable?

    Imaging the characters as they unfold throughout the series


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    JACE. Listen and you will find out.


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

    No, but I am not thrilled with the change in narrators. Keep the same one for an entire series. It is distracting to get used to new voices.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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