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Nicola

Coburg, Australia | Member Since 2010

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  • Broken: A Paranormal Romance

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By David H. Burton
    • Narrated By Jennifer Knighton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (33)
    Performance
    (31)
    Story
    (31)

    Three days before her 24th birthday, Katherine Gregory receives a letter from her deceased mother. It details a faery curse in which the eldest child in each generation will die in their 25th year. Also three days before her 24th birthday, a new love interest comes knocking, and her first love has returned. Neither man is what he seems, and Katherine may have to choose between them. And three days before her 24th birthday, Katherine must decide if this is all real, or if the strange visions she's been having are just a figment of her imagination.

    Jenna says: "Excellent Listen"
    "A wonderful afternoon's escapism"
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    After a string of terrible book choices on my part, that either had inept narration or awful stories, I chanced upon this. I'm pleased to report that the story line is enchanting and engaging, the lead is feisty and the narrator brings the story to life. If you want to leave the dreariness of your everyday existence for an afternoon you could do worse than choose thiss book. Recommended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wrong Bed, Right Guy: Come Undone, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Katee Robert
    • Narrated By Kasha Kensington
    Overall
    (434)
    Performance
    (401)
    Story
    (405)

    Prim and proper art gallery coordinator Elle Walser is no good at seducing men. Heck, she's been throwing hints at her boss for months, but he's completely clueless. Desperate to escape her mother's matchmaking efforts, she comes up with a plan - buy some lingerie and climb into her boss' bed. The plan goes brilliantly...until she accidentally seduces a sexy stranger instead. Bad boy nightclub mogul Gabe Schultz just had the best almost-sex of his life. Too bad the smoking hot blonde thought he was his brother and bolted before he could finish what they started.

    Ebony says: "Wrong Might Be Right"
    "Cookie cutter stereotypes badly executed"
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    Story

    The story uses a tried and tested set up - good girl meets bad boy, bad boy turns out not to be so bad after all and good girl has a wild streak - but does it poorly. The writing is cliched, and the main characters are one dimensional and under-developed. The whole thing could still possibly have been pulled off if Elle and Gabe weren't so dislikeable and shallow. Chemistry between the two was sorely lacking and the descriptions of their luke warm sexual encounters was out of synch with the characters' assessment of them as being earth shattering. I couldn't finish this. Save your credit for something better, say Beautiful Stranger by Christina Lauren.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Outlander

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (16516)
    Performance
    (10783)
    Story
    (10663)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: An all-time Audible favorite that mixes historic fiction, adventure, and romance with one of the most fascinating literary devices: time travel. Outlander introduces an exhilarating world of heroism and breathtaking thrills as one woman is torn between past and present, passion and love. In 1945, former combat nurse Claire Randall returns from World War II and joins her husband for a second honeymoon. But their blissful reunion is shattered....

    Lulu says: "The Reason for the Existence of Audio Books"
    "Don't know what all the fuss is about"
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    Performance
    Story

    I just couldn't get started with this one. Based on the many good reviews I had high hopes but the narrator really put me off. The production was dated and her delivery made me think I was listening to a prissy elderly aunt reading from a Mills and Boon novel. I can almost smell the dust and faded perfume.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Beautiful Stranger

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Christina Lauren
    • Narrated By Grace Grant, Jonathan R. Cole
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1051)
    Performance
    (977)
    Story
    (973)

    Escaping a cheating ex, finance whiz Sara Dillon's moved to New York City and is looking for excitement and passion without a lot of strings attached. So meeting the irresistible, sexy Brit at a dance club should have meant nothing more than a night's fun. But the manner - and speed - with which he melts her inhibitions turns him from a one-time hookup into her Beautiful Stranger.

    Jordy says: "Delicious!!"
    "Sweet and engaging love story"
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    I really enjoyed this one. Despite the many sex scenes it is really a love story well done. The performances are great. Well worth the credit.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Feral Sins: Phoenix Pack, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Suzanne Wright
    • Narrated By Jill Redfield
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2013)
    Performance
    (1854)
    Story
    (1871)

    Taryn Warner is a wolf shifter with extraordinary healing skills - and serious problems. First, her father is determined that she mate for life with a wolf shifter named Roscoe Weston, whom the feisty Taryn can’t stand. To make matters worse, she’s also been kidnapped by Trey Coleman, a dangerous alpha male from another pack. And as much as she wants to resist Trey, Taryn is incredibly, maddeningly attracted to him.

    Paige says: "Surprised they didn't check my ID"
    "Great narration let down by disappointing story"
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    I'd read good reviews of this book before I decided to purchase the audio version. I'm sorry to say I was sorely disappointed. The narrator does a good job, but the book is let down by a silly story line and a thoroughly dislikable male lead. Far from being strong sexy and enticing, the lead comes across as cruel, perpetually snarling and emotionally stunted. The female lead is in a situation that allows her few options to make autonomous decisions, and on the whole is at the mercy of a bunch of men who do not have her best interests at heart. The way she is treated throughout is demeaning and 'the' sex scene didn't do anything to change my perception of that. I couldn't bring myself to finish this.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Magic Burns: Kate Daniels, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Ilona Andrews
    • Narrated By Renée Raudman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1502)
    Performance
    (1035)
    Story
    (1039)

    When Kate sets out to retrieve a set of stolen maps for the Pack, Atlanta's paramilitary clan of shapeshifters, she quickly realizes much more is at stake. During a flare, gods and goddesses can manifest and battle for power. The stolen maps are only the opening gambit in an epic tug-of-war between two gods hoping for rebirth. And if Kate can't stop the cataclysmic showdown, the city may not survive.

    A User says: "Love this series and the narrator is fine."
    "Will appeal to those who like Allie Beckstrom"
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    This book is good fun and will appeal to thos who like the Allie Beckstrom series by Devon Monk.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wild About You

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Kerrelyn Sparks
    • Narrated By Nicol Zanzarella
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (218)
    Performance
    (202)
    Story
    (204)

    It's not every day that Elsa Bjornberg feels delicate, not when she hosts a home renovation show where she can effortlessly demolish a kitchen. But from the moment she meets Howard Barr, this bear of a man makes her feel like a woman. And the way he looks at her, as if she were a pot of honey he'd like to lick....

    Deborah says: "Howard the Barr Bear"
    "Great book well performed. Thoroughly entertaining"
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    A romantic story with engaging characters. The reading is terrific and the reader well suited to the story. I was thoroughly enterained.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Shadow's Claim: Immortals After Dark: The Dacians, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Kresley Cole
    • Narrated By Robert Petkoff
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (878)
    Performance
    (818)
    Story
    (822)

    Shadow's Claim features Prince Trehan Daciano, a ruthless master assassin who will use every lethal skill he possesses to defend his imperiled kingdom - as well as his newfound princess. When an ancient secret threatens to destroy them all, can Dacia's notorious prince of shadows keep his Bride alive against all odds?

    Katheryne says: "Paranormal Romance at it's finest! KC is the best"
    "Badly let down by performance"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What disappointed you about Shadow's Claim?

    The reader is appalling. The female lead's voice and intonation are often read to sound like a parody and the male lead is not much better. The fake accent is terrible. The experience of this book was totally ruined by the reading.


    Would you recommend Shadow's Claim to your friends? Why or why not?

    No. The reading is torturous.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Have the book read by someone with some actual skills, not a ham.


    2 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Ecstasy Unveiled: A Demonica Novel: Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Larissa Ione
    • Narrated By Paul Boehmer
    Overall
    (15)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (11)

    Lore is a Seminus half-breed demon who has been forced to act as his master’s assassin. Now to earn his freedom and save his sister’s life, he must complete one last kill. Powerful and ruthless, he’ll stop at nothing to carry out this deadly mission. Idess is an earthbound angel with a wild side sworn to protect the human Lore is targeting. She’s determined to thwart her wickedly handsome adversary by any means necessary - even if that means risking her vow of eternal chastity.

    karen says: "Larissa lone - your the best !!"
    "Hamy narrator kills the buzz"
    Overall

    I'm not sure whether this book, the 4th in Larissa Ione's Demonica series, is worse than the others, or if it was the narrator of this audio version that killed the buzz for me. I really enjoyed the audio versions of the previous three books, especially Renée Raudman's reading of Passion Unleashed. But Paul Boehmer's interpretation of this book is soo hamy and over the top that it's hard to focus on the content and enjoy it. If you're interested in Ecstasy Unveiled I recommend you buy the book and forego the audio version in this instance.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gabriel’s Ghost: The Dock Five Universe Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Linnea Sinclair
    • Narrated By Dina Pearlman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (166)
    Performance
    (118)
    Story
    (121)

    After a decade of piloting interstellar patrol ships, former captain Chasidah Bergren, onetime pride of the Sixth Fleet, finds herself court-martialed for a crime she didn't commit and shipped off to a remote prison planet from which no one ever escapes. But when she kills a brutal guard in an act of self-defense, someone even more dangerous emerges from the shadows. Gabriel Sullivan alpha mercenary, smuggler, and rogue is supposed to be dead.

    Paul says: "Gray Fuzzy Soft Laser Pulse Rifle"
    "Narrator trouble"
    Overall

    Loved the book. The narrator doesn't do such a great job though. The male voices are very unconvincing and Sully's accent and intonation are grating. Still, enjoyed it.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful

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