Fist I have to say that I utilized amazon's "whispersync for voice" for this book and it was awesome.....I would listen on my way to and from work and when I got home I open the book and it syncs right where I left off...
While I listed to this one a couple of years ago and the next two I decided to wait until the series was finished before picking it up again.
This is a great start to the series, you get enough information to keep you interested but not the info dump that many first books give you.
On to the second book......
3.5 Stars - Audio provided by author for an honest review
This one is not easy to review. Initially I did not care for the narration but the voice grew on me. I really liked the take on “immortals” and I thought the story was well told. I think what makes this difficult for me to review is while it was a well told story, it took me over two weeks to finish the audio. For me the story was a bit slow, it was not an “I’m on the edge of my seat waiting to see what happens” listen.. I really liked Risa and Wally….Ring had his moments but I did not really care for him as a character.
So all in all not bad, but it will be a bit before I try the next book in the series.
Okay, so here are the technical details & Blurb
Written by: June Stevens, DJ Westerfield
Narrated by: Meghan Kelly
Length: 1 hr and 26 mins
Series: Oak Hollow, Book 1
Publisher: DJ Westerfield
Ellie loves her hometown, job, and best friend Jake. But Jake is a ladies man that will never settle down. Ellie can’t stand to see him with other women anymore, so she is packing up and leaving Oak Hollow and everything she loves to start over.
A night of unexpected passion makes her start to think maybe things can work out between them, until she happens upon a secret Jake has been keeping for more than a year. Will their friendship be forever torn apart? Or will Ellie find A Reason to Stay
The rating on this one is hard for me, do I rate based on how the story was with narration or do I rate on the story itself…the hard part is, as an audio book the narration has a big impact on the telling of the story and while the narrator was not bad….there was something missing. I thought she did great with the actual dialogue, however on the narration between dialogue (not sure what to call it) it was almost to fast. I kept thinking take a breath and slow down. I think the other hard part for me was I did not feel the narrators connection to the story…..she did not become the characters for me. To me, the best audio books are the ones where the narrators really become the characters, they are not just reading you the story, they bring the story to life…..I’m not sure how else to explain it….but that is what was missing from the narration for me.
The story itself, a friends to lovers, was very sweet. I think this is one that I would have enjoyed more reading instead of listening. My one complaint would be that they waited so long to actually talk to each other about feelings….but then I guess we would not have the story…anyways that is just one of my “pet peeves” in romance books, I usually just look at my kindle or car stereo and think (or in some cases talk out loud) “Dude, just freaking talk to each other and quite wasting time”.
So, I think all in all a 3.5 that I’ll round up to 4 stars and would rate the story as written 4 Stars but the narration would be 3 stars
The Gamble is one of my favorites, and after the narration on the Dream Man series I was kinda worried if the audio was going to be any good on this. As it turns out, they found someone who could pull off Nina's "slight" English accent and switch to non accented voices without a hitch....Max's voice seemed a bit awkward to me at first but in the end I was happy with it.
I can't wait for Sweet Dreams, there is a roughly 45 min excerpt for Sweet Dreams at the end that just leaves you wanting more. Now we just need the Ghosts and Reincarnation series to be released in audio.
I think this would have made a much better short story, it just kind of limped along, after the intro with Morgan in Whales and spotting Rhys as the "Grimm" and then seeing him again when she returns home, the beginning was good and engaging but then it just kind of limps along...there was a bit of action with the slaying of a monster.....then Morgan being and idiot.....then a bit more with the introduction of Ranyon...more of Morgan being a closed minded idiot and more of same, and the only "big event" to happen was at the end.
I know it sounds like I did not like it, I did enjoy it but I spent the entire time listening just waiting for something to happen. I think a lot of Morgan's disbelief and some of the "every day" type stuff could have been minimized and with a shorter story it would have flowed better.
So I think I would actually give this 3.5 stars but not the kind of 1/2 that I would round up to four.
Really happy the novellas are finally starting to come out in audio.
This collection is the first two novellas in the Elder Races series True Colors (Elder Races #3.5) and Natural Evil (Elder Races, #4.5)
Both are good stories and the narration is excellent
I love this series...yes it is a bit silly and you have to suspend belief a lot but the humor and snark make it all worth while. The narrator was good and am keeping fingers crossed that the rest of the seires will soon follow in auido
I'm undecided on this book, I'm not sure if it was the story or the narration that has me undecided...
Alice Chapman did a very good job in reading the story, maybe it was the southern accent...I am no expert but it seemed off....maybe harder when it should be softer....I used to work with a woman from Tennessee and I remember the drawl being a bit softer....
While I did like this one, I had actually read the 3rd book first and enjoyed it more than this one. There was great chemistry with Derrick and Ginger and I really liked both characters, until the end where Ginger momentarily turned into the TSTL girl....if I could give 1/2 stars this would be a solid 3.5 star listen
This was good, an interesting take on vampires and werewolves. I think what kept this from a solid 4 stars is that Zoe while likable bugged me a bit, I can't quite pinpoint if it was how she was written or how she sounded with the narration, this is not a complaint about the narration Kate Rudd did a wonderful job.
I liked the mythology and archaeology in this one, I found this part of it very interesting. While this did not have a "cliffhanger" ending, it does leave a lot of unanswered questions and no book two available to answer those questions...which is a bit frustrating cause book 2 is not out until March....
I really liked this one, did a re-read with the audio cause I realized I had the second book but could not quite remember everything from this one....and I had a feeling I was combining other book plots/stories to my recollections of this one.
The narration was well done, lots of action, chemistry and a bit of suspense which makes for an excellent read...or listen.
Down to You 2.5....not quite a 3 star read
While the book irritated me a bit in the beginning, I think it was mostly the narration, individually both narrators were good and I am of the opinion if you are going to have two narrators let the girl narrate all the girls and the boy narrate all the boys....not back and forth on the POV's because then each character has two different voices....other than that "pet peeve" of mine the narration of the story was good.The story itself....I ended up figuring out the "twist" about a chapter or two before Olivia...so as far as a book being written well enough that you don't figure it out right away that was well done. Olivia as a character while I did not hate her...I did not like her a whole lot either. Cash & Nash...while appealing and certainly sexy...that was about all they had going for them for most of the book.I was entertained by the story, I don't feel the need to move on to book two as I am not that invested in the characters, but am happy with the HFN ending....
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