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Erin

Audible obsessed!

Cornelius, NC, United States

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  • The Wrong Hostage

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Lowell
    • Narrated By Maria Tucci
    Overall
    (108)
    Performance
    (38)
    Story
    (39)

    Orphaned at 13, Grace Silva clawed her way out of poverty and violence to become one of the most respected judges on the federal bench. Grace believes in the rule of law, lives it, breathes it. She has always been buttoned up and buttoned down. Except once.

    Erin says: "The Wrong Narrator & Producer"
    "The Wrong Narrator & Producer"
    Overall

    I've always enjoyed Elizabeth Lowell's books as I did this one ... only If I had read it. First, let me give you my opinion of the book, It was an enjoyable plot; some nice action and descriptive. However if you are looking for a mystery this is not it. There is no mystery it's all upfront of the good the bad and the ugly. The hero was well likable, sexy, dangerous and informed with his politics. As a hostage negotiator he was good at his job. As far as the heroin; well ... for a federal court appointed judge she was a bit stupid about the ways of the world. Sometimes i'd pictured her with her 'pinky finger' in her mouth while she spoke. She takes the title of "BORN YESTERDAY" attitude. I think this was a bit of a mistake on the Authors part because she made the book not believable due to this major foe-pa.

    Now let me tell you about this narrator. She reminded me of my grandmother on Thanksgiving after she's knocked back a few bottles of wine and was too tired to sit up after all the turkey she ate. She was in a word: HORRID. I have never heard a narrator so bored and indifferent with an edge of annoyance while reading & acting out the parts. She spoke like she was annoyed and you could actually hear her sigh when she started a new sentence. She mumbled half the time and her words were slurred. I honestly don't know who produced this audiobook, but she/He too didn't do their job. It's a shame because this could have been a pretty decent listen. So I recommend you READ this particular book and avoid this narrator in the future. Sorry to be so blunt but I feel the author had a real disservice done to her with this production.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Breathe

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Kristen Ashley
    • Narrated By Emma Taylor
    Overall
    (191)
    Performance
    (184)
    Story
    (183)

    In Carnal, Colorado, Faye Goodknight is the town's quiet, shy librarian. She may also be Carnal's last remaining virgin. For years, Faye has had a crush on Chace Keaton, but the gorgeous cop has always been unattainable. She's resigned to live contentedly with only her books for company-until Faye suddenly meets Chace alone in the woods.

    Sharon says: "Another Excellent Installment in This Series"
    "Kristen Ashley, I <3 You!"
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    Where does Breathe rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Every book in this series has gotten a five star from me. This series is wonderful. Probably one of my favorite series!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Breathe?

    Definitely when Faye Goodnight goes into geek mode when discussing Battle Star Galactica with her mother.


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

    I have listened to every one one Emma Taylor's performances and as usual, she is brilliant!


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

    I don't want to give anything away but when Malikai rescues Rebecca.


    Any additional comments?

    I love this series. I love anything that Kristen Ashley writes. My new favorite author. She has bumped herself up to my #1 in romance.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Book of Life: All Souls, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Deborah Harkness
    • Narrated By Jennifer Ikeda
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2117)
    Performance
    (1994)
    Story
    (1983)

    After traveling through time in Shadow of Night, the second book in Deborah Harkness's enchanting series, historian and witch Diana Bishop and vampire scientist Matthew Clairmont return to the present to face new crises and old enemies. At Matthew's ancestral home at Sept-Tours, they reunite with the cast of characters from A Discovery of Witches - with one significant exception. But the real threat to their future has yet to be revealed, and when it is, the search for Ashmole 782 and its missing pages takes on even more urgency.

    Loren says: "too many loose threads in this weaving"
    "WORTH THE WAIT"
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    What did you love best about The Book of Life?

    Well, first I thought this book would never come out. I had to listen to the ending of the last book to refresh my memory. This book picks up right where it was left off. The characters all come together in this one and some real surprises happen that I was so not expecting.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The way the story comes together. It was just so well written I just was really surprised in this book about how the development of the characters really come out and show the significance and worth to the story.


    What about Jennifer Ikeda’s performance did you like?

    She is my idol. She was perfect.


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

    There were so many, the love, loyalty was really great.


    Any additional comments?

    This was one of the best trilogies I've ever listened to. The last time I had such anticipation for the finale was Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. :-)

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Phenomenal X: Hard Knocks, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Michelle A. Valentine
    • Narrated By Alexandria Wilde, Sean Crisden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (138)
    Performance
    (133)
    Story
    (131)

    From the mean streets of Detroit rises the newest superstar of professional wrestling, Xavier Cold, better known as Phenomenal X. His muscular physique makes men cower before him and women lose their minds with desire. Anna Cortez is fresh out of college and naïve to the harsh realities of the real world. Tired of living under the thumb of her conservative family, she defies them when she accepts a job as the assistant to wrestling's most notorious bad boy.

    Lilian says: "X Gonna give it to ya!...Cliffhanger Ahead"
    "Mr. intensity himself was phenomenal."
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Phenomenal X to be better than the print version?

    I enjoyed the audiobook. I wasn't trying to tear my ear drums out. It was a perfect pairing for narrators.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    I liked this book. Did not love it. But the ending was pretty fitting with the feel of the book. Their was no shocking end, more predictable but entertaining.


    What about Alexandria Wilde and Sean Crisden ’s performance did you like?

    I like their voices for these characters, a good audiobook is all about choosing the right narrator for the character and genre along with age group. I listened to a young woman's voice for a young woman's character. It was well suited which mad it more enjoyable.


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

    I always thought this was a stupid question. Next ...


    Any additional comments?

    I would recommend this one, lately I have been buying books and hating them because the narration a are mismatched but this book gave me what I was looking for in a story. I'm satisfied.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Lady Luck

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Kristen Ashley
    • Narrated By Emma Taylor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (242)
    Performance
    (228)
    Story
    (224)

    Since birth, Lexie Berry has had nothing but bad luck. Orphaned at an early age, she had a rough childhood and a boyfriend who was murdered. Now the beautiful, stylish Lexie is determined to change her luck and her life. But first she's got to make good on a promise: To pick up Ty Walker from prison. One look at the gorgeous ex-convict and Lexie knows she's in trouble-and already thinking about taking a walk on the wild side.

    Sharon says: "So Glad This Series is on Audible!!!"
    "Kristen Ashley = PERFECTION. Again!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Lady Luck the most enjoyable?

    I just fell in love with everyone in this book. But my oh my the lead characters are so HOT!This book has the mystery, romance, bromance, intensity, comedy and more romance I just love in a great book?


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Ty Walker of course. Mr. Sexy himself.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The parole officer visits the Walker home. I won't say anything so you can experience it yourself, but that was where I was pacing the floor.


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

    I Don't have a tag line but I have the two lead characters casted in my head.Ty Walker - Grey's Anatomy, Jesse WilliamsLexi Berry - Sophia Bush


    Any additional comments?

    Lauren Ashley is an automatic download. I have bought a loved everything she puts out on audible. Please keep them coming! :-)

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Magic Breaks: Kate Daniels, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Ilona Andrews
    • Narrated By Renée Raudman
    Overall
    (579)
    Performance
    (550)
    Story
    (551)

    No matter how much the paranormal politics of Atlanta change, one thing always remains the same: If there' s trouble, Kate Daniels will be in the middle of it. As the mate of the Beast Lord, Curran, former mercenary Kate Daniels has more responsibilities than it seems possible to juggle. Not only is she still struggling to keep her investigative business afloat, she must now deal with the affairs of the pack, including preparing her people for attack from Roland, a cruel ancient being with god-like powers.

    RabidReads says: "Characters die, power shifts, a new path is forged"
    "BEST ONE YET!!!"
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    If you could sum up Magic Breaks in three words, what would they be?

    Outstanding. Exhilarating. FUN!!!!!!!


    What did you like best about this story?

    I really don't want to give anything away so this is what I will say. This is the book when Kate is revealed about who she is. I have been waiting for the big reveal and it was so WORTH the wait.


    What about Renée Raudman’s performance did you like?

    I love Renee Raudman. She always makes me feel what the character is feeling. Her voices for Curren and the other characters come off PERFECT.


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

    I did listen to this in one sitting and I have that buzzing in my wats because my headphones have been attached to my head for 16 1/2 hours.


    Any additional comments?

    Ilona Andrews has once again delivered us a perfect story.
    Renee Raudman is a perfect Kate Daniels. :-)

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Rogue

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Katy Evans
    • Narrated By Jason Carpenter, Shayna Thibodeaux
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (135)
    Performance
    (129)
    Story
    (129)

    Greyson King. My boyfriend. My friend. My protector. He's the reason I wake up every morning with a smile on my face, and the reason I fall asleep limp, worn out, and aching for his warm arms around me. When we make love, he says my name like it means something. Like I mean something. He lied. His name is Greyson King, but his alias is Zero. There's zero trace of him, he has zero past, and now I know that with him, I will have zero future.

    Erin says: "Good story but .....Shayna Thibodeaux's narration?"
    "Good story but .....Shayna Thibodeaux's narration?"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Rogue to be better than the print version?

    I just don't understand. Why audible insists on using Shayna Thibodeaux as a narrator for all these great upcoming books when I have heard and read just how unsuitable her voice is for romance.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story was great. I love Katy Evans writing style. Her books always include a great plot along with the romance.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Shayna Thibodeaux. Stop using Shayna Thibodeaux as a narrator for romance. She is more suitable for teen books that DON'T read as a romance. I just really don't understand why audible ignores the bad reviews. Follow the fans advice withShayna Thibodeaux, STOP using her as a romance narrator. Please, the audiobook might sell more. Her voice is very immature, she sounds like a 14 year old. This book is supposed to be a bit steamy and sexy but it sounded ridiculous.


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

    I stopped listening and bought the e-book. It was wonderful. I'm returning this book.


    Any additional comments?

    Yes, audible needs to put some effort into casting. Teen books need a teen like narrator.YA books need a young adult narrator.New adult needs an older more mature read. I'm a little concerned why producers at audible seem to think its ok using a very young, immature, 14 yr old voice for a women in her mid twenties - thirty. REALLY????

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Carolina Man: A Dare Island Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Virginia Kantra
    • Narrated By Sophie Eastlake
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (65)
    Performance
    (60)
    Story
    (59)

    Marine Luke Fletcher is determined to do his duty—first to his country and now to his ten-year-old daughter, the unexpected legacy of a high school girlfriend. But his homecoming to Dare Island in North Carolina's Outer Banks challenges his plans for the future and forces him to face everything that's missing in his life. He wasn't prepared to lose his heart to this child he never knew. Or to fall hard for coolly reserved small town lawyer Kate Dolan.

    Erin says: "BEST ONE IN THE SERIES!!!!!"
    "BEST ONE IN THE SERIES!!!!!"
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    Would you listen to Carolina Man again? Why?

    I would probably listen to this one again further down the road. Excellent book!


    What did you like best about this story?

    This was Luke, Kate's and Taylor's story and IMO the best in the series. Very likable characters and I just loved watching how Luke and his daughter get to know each other. This book deals with some difficult abuse topics towards the end of the book mostly, the romance was really sweet and I enjoyed how the other characters from book one and two are intertwined. The writing was really well done, the way the author writes I felt like I was on Dare Island up close and personal. I could smell Tess's chocolate chip cookies.


    Which character – as performed by Sophie Eastlake – was your favorite?

    I loved her male voice for Luke. I think Sophie Eastlake is very talented and I love how she gets involved in her reading and makes you feel like you are actually in the book with her!


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

    I have been listening to the three Dare books consistently over the past four days, so yes, I would consider this one sitting. :-)


    Any additional comments?

    I loved the first book - Carolina Home Allison & Matts story
    Did not enjoy the second book - Carolina girl - Meg & Sam's story
    The best was the third book - Luke & Kate's story.

    Just a quick note I tolerated the second book knowing it's apart of the series, I just really dislike the female character Meg. I wrote a review.

    This book very much worth the credit. :-)

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Carolina Girl: A Dare Island Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Virginia Kantra
    • Narrated By Sophie Eastlake
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (65)
    Performance
    (60)
    Story
    (60)

    Meg Fletcher spent her childhood dreaming of escaping Dare Island - her family's home for generations. So after she landed a high-powered job in New York City, she left and never looked back. But when she loses both her job and the support of her long-term, live-in boyfriend, she returns home to lick her wounds and reevaluate her life. Helping out her parents at the family inn, she can't avoid the reminders of the past she'd rather forget - especially charming and successful Sam Grady, her brother's best friend.

    Jane says: "I wasn’t smiling but it kept my interest"
    "I had an EXTREME Dislike For Meg, the Heroine!?!?"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    This is Meg & Sam's story, I would change out Meg from this book completely. I hated her. There were no redeeming qualities to her.


    What could Virginia Kantra have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Up to the very last sentence of this book I wanted Meg to get run over by a big MAC truck!She'sa miserable, self absorbed, abrasive, selfish, greedy, rude, non empathetic, very uptight and I actually felt compared to her other family members ... Very disloyal!


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

    I have always enjoyed Sophie Eastlake, her voices are perfect.


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

    There is a book after this one and it's called Carolina Man. I hope I enjoy the next one and I hope Meg gets run over by that truck. ;-)


    Any additional comments?

    This unfortunately was part of a series and if you skip it you may miss some of what's happening for book three. Sorry.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Carolina Home: A Dare Island Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Virginia Kantra
    • Narrated By Sophie Eastlake
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (145)
    Performance
    (132)
    Story
    (132)

    Home to the Fletcher family for generations, Dare Island is a fishing village rocked by changing times - its traditions slipping away like sands of the North Carolina coast. Single dad and fishing boat captain Matt Fletcher deferred his own dreams to support his innkeeper parents and build a future for his sixteen-year-old son. Matt has learned to weather life's storms by steering a steady emotional course...and keeping a commitment-free approach to love.

    Kathryn @theBookDate says: "Enjoyed my first visit to Dare Island"
    "Carolina Home Very Sweeet"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, it was a great story, very likable H/H. The beginning brings you in right away. I loved the family interaction with each other. This is a very light romance, not much sex but the love build up is really great.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    I loved the ending, I bought book two.


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

    I love Sophie Eastlake. She gives a great performance.


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

    I did listen in one sitting. :-)


    Any additional comments?

    Enjoy.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Against the Ropes

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Sarah Castille
    • Narrated By Lucy Rivers
    Overall
    (158)
    Performance
    (148)
    Story
    (149)

    He scared me. He thrilled me. And after one touch, all I could think about was getting more . . . Makayla never thought she'd set foot in an elite mixed martial arts club. But if anyone needs a medic on hand, it's these guys. Then again, at her first sight of the club's owner, she's the one feeling breathless. The man they call Torment is all sleek muscle and restrained power. Whether it's in the ring or in the bedroom, he knows exactly when a soft touch is required and when to launch a full-on assault.

    Jordy says: "I’m a sucker for strong Alpha males!"
    "Good God I Wish He Were Mine!"
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    Would you listen to Against the Ropes again? Why?

    I have listened to this one twice. It was so good, so sexy and so very BAD!!!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Against the Ropes?

    The beginning was pretty funny when she chases Torment inside the ring to collect his ticket. But there are so many little scenes,


    Which character – as performed by Lucy Rivers – was your favorite?

    I though the doctor was pretty hysterical. Kind of reminded me of a very buff sexy hunk with the personality of Mr. Roper from Three's Company.


    Any additional comments?

    good listen, the second in the series is out and I have already down loaded for a good listen.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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