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Erin

Cornelius, NC, United States | Member Since 2008

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  • The Wrong Hostage

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Lowell
    • Narrated By Maria Tucci
    Overall
    (105)
    Performance
    (35)
    Story
    (35)

    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
  • Law Man: A Dream Man Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Kristen Ashley
    • Narrated By Kate Russell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (337)
    Performance
    (318)
    Story
    (318)

    Sweet, shy Mara Hanover is in love with her neighbor. For four years, she has secretly watched her dream man from afar. Handsome police detective Mitch Lawson is way out of her league. She's a girl from the wrong side of the tracks, and there's no way a guy like Mitch would want anything to do with her. But when Mara has a leaky faucet that she can't fix, it's Mitch who comes to her rescue.

    Jordy says: "Law Man is another Kristen Ashley winner!"
    "Sexy Lawman Stakes His Claim!!! Yum Yum..."
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    What made the experience of listening to Law Man the most enjoyable?

    I liked the sweetness of the story. I felt for Mara and her insecurities and her battle to be strong and fit in. Her courage is highlighted in the story.


    What other book might you compare Law Man to and why?

    I can't compare other books because I' ve always felt that wasn't fair to the author. I will say I enjoy this type of contemporary romance. I've recently purchased and enjoyed books by Katy Evans, Abbi Glines, J.Kenner, and Christina Lauren.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    I think Kate Russell is great when she doesn't try so hard to animate the male voices. The first book in the series 'Mystery Man' she did a WONDERFUL job. But the rest of the series she ruins the sex appeal of the hero when she tries to create a tough guy persona, it ends up sounding pretty silly. I had to read Motorcycle man and Wild man of this series on EBook because she really ruined the narration for me. The key to a male narration of voices for a woman is to stick to what's more natural not forced. It's extremely distracting.


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

    I enjoyed this book immensely from start to finish. With exception to the overly animated male voice.


    Any additional comments?

    I hope the series continues and I hope that Audible will take the suggestion of the customers when they give their feedback on Narrators. Because I'm really starting to tire of wasted credits on annoying performances to a good book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Driven: Driven Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 1 min)
    • By K. Bromberg
    • Narrated By Tatiana Sokolov
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (201)
    Performance
    (188)
    Story
    (191)

    In a world full of willing women, I'm a challenge to the roguish and achingly handsome Colton Donavan. A man used to getting exactly what he wants in all aspects of life. He's the reckless bad boy constantly skating that razor-thin edge toward out of control, on and off of the track.

    Jordy says: "A steamy fast-paced whirlwind romance!!"
    "Narrater sounds like my great aunt ... unsexyy!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What disappointed you about Driven?

    The Narrater ruins this book. I'm going to buy it on ebook.


    Has Driven turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No. I like this genre.


    What didn’t you like about Tatiana Sokolov’s performance?

    Her voice is not right for this book. This book needs a younger smoother voice.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    I haven't finished it, so basically annoyance.


    Any additional comments?

    Audible.com does not seem to fit the Narraters with their audiobooks. I have noticed this with my three purchase. I have over 500 books in my library in all genre.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Beautiful Bastard

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Christina Lauren
    • Narrated By Grace Grant
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1071)
    Performance
    (991)
    Story
    (999)

    Whip-smart, hardworking, and on her way to an MBA, Chloe Mills has only one problem: her boss, Bennett Ryan. He’s exacting, blunt, inconsiderate - and completely irresistible. A beautiful bastard. Bennett has returned to Chicago from France to take a vital role in his family’s massive media business. He never expected that the assistant who’d been helping him from abroad was the gorgeous, innocently provocative - completely infuriating - creature he now has to see every day. Despite the rumors, he’s never been one for a workplace hookup. But Chloe’s so tempting he’s willing to bend the rules....

    Katheryne says: "HHHOOOOOOOOOOTTTTTT!"
    "I wasted my credit!"
    Overall
    Performance
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    What disappointed you about Beautiful Bastard?

    Everything


    What was most disappointing about Christina Lauren’s story?

    I quit the book after two chapters.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Grace Grant?

    The narrator was fine, it was the story that shut this mess down.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Beautiful Bastard?

    Chapters one and two.


    Any additional comments?

    Don't waste your credit!

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Calculated in Death: In Death Series, Book 36

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By J. D. Robb
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1336)
    Performance
    (1170)
    Story
    (1172)

    On Manhattan’s Upper East Side, a woman lies dead at the bottom of a brownstone’s basement steps, stripped of all her valuables. Most cops might call it a mugging gone wrong, but Lieutenant Eve Dallas knows better. A well-off accountant and a beloved wife and mother, Marta Dickenson doesn’t seem the type to be on anyone’s hit list. But when Eve and her partner, Peabody, find blood inside the brownstone, she knows Marta’s murder is the work of a killer who’s trained, yet not professional or smart enough to remove all the evidence.

    Jessica says: "Still a fan!"
    "I"m not sure what happened to the series"
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    What would have made Calculated in Death better?

    Better storyline. This one book was particularly stale and I"m a bit surprised. Death and taxes are indeed a part of life, but it does not make an interesting read. It's time for this series to shake things up. They need a kid, introduce a new character or something. Let Eve have a sibling a grandparent. Just add SOMETHING!


    What was most disappointing about J. D. Robb’s story?

    I found it boring and I had a hard time wanting to finish.


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

    Susan Ericksen is the only reason why I finished the book.


    What character would you cut from Calculated in Death?

    The socialite. She had no purpose at all. She wasn't even fun to hate.


    Any additional comments?

    It's time to shake things up if this series is going to continue. Same couples, same characters, same bantering. Same same same. I think the only thing JD Robb can do to catch my interest is if they adopt some kids or something. A girl like Eve and a boy like Roark. Not young kids but tweens or teens to shake up the story lines. I think if the next book is like all the rest I may retire myself from the series. I felt like this was a waste of my credit.

    5 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Red-Headed Stepchild

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Jaye Wells
    • Narrated By Cynthia Holloway
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (200)
    Performance
    (145)
    Story
    (143)

    Sabina Kane doesn't really fit in. And being an assassin doesn't help matters. But she's never brought her work home. Until now. Sabina's latest mission is uncomfortably complex and threatens the fragile peace between the vampire and mage races. As she scrambles to figure out which side she's on, she uncovers a tangled political web, some nasty facts about her family, and some unexpected new talents. Any of these things could be worryingly life changing, but together they could be lethal.

    Readers Confession says: "Good potential"
    "Fun Fun Fun!"
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    Story
    What made the experience of listening to Red-Headed Stepchild the most enjoyable?

    I loved how she just really kicked ass.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Red-Headed Stepchild?

    When she decides to meet her family.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Without giving anything away, it was her time spent in NYC.


    Any additional comments?

    This was a great series. I definitely recommend it.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Tempest Rising: Jane True, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Nicole Peeler
    • Narrated By Kate Reinders
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (319)
    Performance
    (171)
    Story
    (175)

    During her nightly, clandestine swim in the freezing winter ocean, a grisly find leads Jane to startling revelations about her heritage: she is only half-human. Now, Jane must enter a world filled with supernatural creatures that are terrifying, beautiful, and deadly — all of which perfectly describe her new “friend,” Ryu, a gorgeous and powerful vampire.

    LeSLiE says: "Cool Cover, Great Story!"
    "This was a fun listen"
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    Story
    What made the experience of listening to Tempest Rising the most enjoyable?

    The narration and storyline was just a really nice fun combo. I was pleasantly surprised.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Jane True


    What about Kate Reinders’s performance did you like?

    I like that she didn't just read the book, she too seemed entertained and very much into the characters and the story.


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

    Meet Jane True!


    Any additional comments?

    I'm into this series. I was hoping the rest of the books get on audio.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Hunger Like No Other: Immortals After Dark, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Kresley Cole
    • Narrated By Robert Petkoff
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1916)
    Performance
    (1769)
    Story
    (1769)

    After enduring years of torture from the vampire horde, Lachlain MacRieve, leader of the Lykae Clan, is enraged to find the predestined mate he's waited millennia for is a vampire. Sheltered Emmaline Troy finally sets out to uncover the truth about her deceased parents - until a powerful Lykae claims her as his mate and forces her back to his ancestral Scottish castle. But when an ancient evil from her past resurfaces, will their desire deepen into a love that can bring a proud warrior to his knees and turn a gentle beauty into the fighter she was born to be?

    Teresa says: "My new favorite narrator!"
    "Caveman Vampire ... How NOT sexy!"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I think this particular book just got on my nerves from the beginning. I'm sure that this book just might suit another, but this isn't my taste.


    What could Kresley Cole have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    I guess less caveman more sexy vampire.


    How could the performance have been better?

    I think the narrator did what he could . He was ok.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment!!


    Any additional comments?

    To each their own.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Kitty and The Midnight Hour: Kitty Norville, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Carrie Vaughn
    • Narrated By Marguerite Gavin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1565)
    Performance
    (927)
    Story
    (929)

    Kitty Norville is a midnight-shift DJ for a Denver radio station---and a werewolf in the closet. Sick of lame song requests, she accidentally starts "The Midnight Hour," a late-night advice show for the supernaturally disadvantaged. After desperate vampires, werewolves, and witches across the country begin calling in to share their woes, her new show is a raging success.

    S. Droski says: "Pleasant Surprise!"
    "Very disappointed"
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    What disappointed you about Kitty and The Midnight Hour?

    I've been reading and listening to books in this genre for quite sometime. I have pretty much gone through everything and I was looking for another series to pick up. This first book of the series was very uneventful. I found the plot to be very boring and I was not excited about what the next chapter would bring at all. I forced myself to finish the book.


    Has Kitty and The Midnight Hour turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No, like I said this is a favorite genre of mine and I look forward to gripping onto something new.


    Did Marguerite Gavin do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    I guess she tried, but I found the characters to be very dull, even the lead character, Kitty herself.


    What character would you cut from Kitty and The Midnight Hour?

    Probably most she be written out or written in a different buildup.


    Any additional comments?

    I won't be continuing with this series.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Skinwalker: Jane Yellowrock, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Faith Hunter
    • Narrated By Khristine Hvam
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2506)
    Performance
    (2108)
    Story
    (2108)

    Jane Yellowrock is the last of her kind-a skinwalker of Cherokee descent who can turn into any creature she desires and hunts vampires for a living. But now she's been hired by Katherine Fontaneau, one of the oldest vampires in New Orleans and the madam of Katie's Ladies, to hunt a powerful rogue vampire who's killing other vamps.

    Mobilis says: "How refreshing"
    "Silly Writing For A Good Idea"
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    Would you try another book from Faith Hunter and/or Khristine Hvam?

    Yes probably but not this series.


    What was most disappointing about Faith Hunter’s story?

    When she shifts into her "other" self the writing is just silly. I don't understand why Anna can't tell the story in full sentences since she is present anyway. When she shifts she sounds like a version of Tonto but less educated like a cave man. Really disappointed with the writing on that aspect. It started to get frustrating and I got bored so I stopped listening.


    Did Khristine Hvam do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Very nice job.


    What character would you cut from Skinwalker?

    As stated above the way it changed from first person Anna telling the story and listening to the CATs version with basically a million descriptive adjectives of the weather. Boring.


    Any additional comments?

    I think this was a really good idea but the creative writing turned into blubbering chatter of adjectives.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Stolen Prey

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By John Sandford
    • Narrated By Richard Ferrone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1250)
    Performance
    (1011)
    Story
    (996)

    .Lucas Davenport has seen many terrible murder scenes. This is one of the worst. In the small Minnesota town of Deephaven, an entire family has been killed - husband, wife, two daughters, dogs. There’s something about the scene that pokes at Lucas’s cop instincts - it looks an awful lot like the kind of scorched-earth retribution he’s seen in drug killings sometimes. But this is a seriously upscale town, and the husband was an executive vice president at a big bank. It just doesn’t seem to fit.

    bebe says: "Sanford writes another winner!"
    "Sandford Gives A Jaw Dropping Ending!"
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    Would you listen to Stolen Prey again? Why?

    I'm already listening to it for a second time, I think there may be a third.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It had me seriously involved within the first five minutes. I'm so impressed with how the depth of the two stories had me wanting to keep reading because I just needed to know what was going to happen next.


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

    Ferrone needs to work on his breathing, it was slightly distracting but his overall performance was very well done ... As usual.


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

    The best of the entire series.


    Any additional comments?

    I have been reading Davenport for years, never missed a release. Some have Impressed me and some not so much. This one is by far his best. I was so shocked at the end that I had to listen to it three times.

    15 of 16 people found this review helpful

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