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Sharon

College Station, TX, United States | Member Since 2008

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  • River Marked: Mercy Thompson, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Patricia Briggs
    • Narrated By Lorelei King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2351)
    Performance
    (1596)
    Story
    (1599)

    Car mechanic Mercy Thompson has always known there was something different about her, and not just the way she can make a VW engine sit up and beg. Mercy is a shapeshifter, a talent she inherited from her long-gone father. She's never known any others of her kind. Until now.

    Yuriko says: "Love it"
    "Another great Mercy book!"
    Overall

    I really enjoyed this book, as I have all the other Mercy books. It had a great blend of romance and action, though I would like it if PB made her books a bit more steamy. I really liked that Mercy learned more about her heritage and found more shapeshifters. I liked that Adam played a large part in the story. The narrator does an excellent job of both men and women's voices.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Amber Beach

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Lowell
    • Narrated By Robin Rowan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (171)
    Performance
    (107)
    Story
    (107)

    Donovan International is a power to be reckoned with in the dazzling and cutthroat worldwide gem trade -- and is therefore a target for the murderous greed of unscrupulous competitors. Though a shrewd businesswoman, Honor Donovan has been effectively shut out of the dangerous family enterprise by the Donovan males -- until her favorite brother, Kyle, mysteriously vanishes along with a fortune in stolen amber.

    Jaime says: "Love this whole series"
    "Boring book with terrible narration."
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    Story could have been good but it was like listening to a textbook for what seemed like hours. Wait, it was hours. The story could have been interesting, but I did not want to learn to drive a boat, catch a fish or test lots of amber. Nor did I need a long lecture, or 2 or 3, on the geopolitics of the ex-Soviet Union. I kept listening and then yelling at my iPod as I drove. With about 3 hours to go and one more lecture, I pulled over and found another book to listen to. I will be returning this one.

    As for the narrator, she was awful. In the beginning, she made a bit of an effort to differentiate at least the H and the h, but then everyone sounds the same, except for a few poorly done accents. Mostly she talked like she was in the library, then something goosed her up and she acted over the top for a minute or so. Then back to the library. I really hate it when all the men sound just like the women.

    The story itself, while somewhat improbable, could still have been entertaining if about 3 hours of instructions had been cut out of it. My daughter has a copy of the book so I will skim it for the ending.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Marked: Eternal Guardians, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Elisabeth Naughton
    • Narrated By Elizabeth Wiley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (204)
    Performance
    (190)
    Story
    (194)

    Theron - Dark haired, duty bound and deceptively deadly. He's the leader of the Argonauts, an elite group of guardians that defends the immortal realm from threats of the Underworld. From the moment he walked into the club, Casey knew this guy was different. Men like that just didn't exist in real life - silky shoulder-length hair, chest impossibly broad, and a predatory manner that just screamed dark and dangerous. He was looking for something. Her. She was the one. She had the mark. Casey had to die so his kind could live, and it was Theron's duty to bring her in. But even as a 200-year-old descendent of Hercules, he wasn't strong enough to resist....

    Leesa says: "I tried"
    "My ears may be bleeding!"
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    While I would have preferred a series about any group of men, warriors, highlanders, SEALS, etc, to be narrated by a man, this one is done by a woman. Some can handle it, and she did not do too bad on men's voices, though as someone else pointed out, the only man that had an accent was the hero, Theron. All his brother Argonauts spoke regular unaccented English, which made no sense. I could live with that. Her regular narration voice was OK and sounded like a normal woman's voice. But her female characters sounded like 13 year olds - high pitched, often whiney. I had to force myself to finish but I was on a trip in my car and had to tough it out. If she would just have used her normal speaking voice for women, it would have been so much better. So I would ask her "When you speak to your friends, do you pitch your voice much higher and try to sound like a kid?" Think normal!

    As for the story itself, I enjoyed it very much, though again, sometimes the dialog of the heroine, and her sister, was reminiscent of kids instead of 27 year old women. I'll get the rest of the books from the library and just read them maybe. I sure won't get the audio.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Spirit Bound

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Christine Feehan
    • Narrated By Don Harvey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (238)
    Performance
    (204)
    Story
    (203)

    Lethally sexy undercover agent Stefan Prakenskii knows a thousand ways to kill a man-and twice as many ways to pleasure a woman. So he's looking forward to his new mission: arrive in the coastal town of Sea Haven and insinuate himself in the life of Judith Henderson, an ethereal beauty with ties to the crime lord he's determined to trap...

    kechia says: "Why the new narrator"
    "The narrator made the story for me!"
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    Like others here, I've read all the Sea Haven books and listened to most of them. I really like the male narrator for the Prakenski's and I hope they will continue to use this narrator for the rest of the books. One person commented he didn't do any accents. He used a French accent, a Russian accent and an American accent. He was pretending to be an American for much of the book. I enjoyed his voice very much.

    The story itself was also very good and the only reason I gave it 4 stars instead of 5 was because, like most Feehan books, things are repeated endlessly. But it seems to work for her as she sells lots of books, many to me!

    The next book, Air Bound, is due out in May, 2014, and I so hope they will use a male narrator. These are the Prakenski brothers books and they are male, very male! Yea!

    Just FYI for Audible, I did NOT get the audio book for Water Bound because the sample did not demonstrate her male voices. Some women are pretty good, but others just keep sounding like women. Just unacceptable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Storm Front: Virgil Flowers, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By John Sandford
    • Narrated By Eric Conger
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (778)
    Performance
    (697)
    Story
    (680)

    In Israel, a man clutching a backpack searches desperately for a boat. In Minnesota, Virgil Flowers gets a message from Lucas Davenport: You're about to get a visitor. It's an Israeli cop, and she's tailing a man who's smuggled out an extraordinary relic - a copper scroll revealing startling details about the man known as King Solomon. Wait a minute, laughs Virgil. Is this one of those Da Vinci Code deals? The secret scroll, the blockbuster revelation, the teams of murderous bad guys? Should I be boning up on my Bible verses? He looks at the cop. She's not laughing.

    Debbi says: "Still a fan, but..."
    "Love that f'ing Flowers!"
    Overall
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    I did enjoy this book but I did not love it. It kept me interested, but, as much as I love Virgil, I think Sandford gives his best stories to Lucas. I love Lucas also, but he's not quite as interesting since he got married.

    I think the story itself was not quite as interesting. Like others, I'd rather the story be a mystery involving Minnesotans, not foreigners.

    As for Erlc Conger, I like his voice but he makes no real effort to distinguish different voices, not even making female voices be a bit lighter or something to make you know you are hearing a woman. All in all, it was a pretty good book and I remain a firm Lucas and Virgil fan.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Ravished by a Highlander: The Children of the Mist Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Paula Quinn
    • Narrated By Carrington MacDuffie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (644)
    Performance
    (449)
    Story
    (453)

    Davina Montgomery is no ordinary English lady. For her own protection, she’s been locked away from society, her true identity the Crown’s most closely guarded secret. Until a shocking betrayal—and a bold rescue—land her in the arms of a fierce Highlander, a powerful warrior whose searing gaze and tantalizing touch awaken her body and soul.

    Judy says: "Love those highlanders!"
    "Highlander books NEED male narrators!!!"
    Overall
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    I do enjoy a book about Highlanders and this one had an interesting premise. The female lead hung on a bit too long to "I can never be myself or with a man", but finally gave in. The male was just what I like - handsome, tough, big, warrior, etc. My biggest complaint is the narrator, though for a woman she made a decent attempt at male voices. When you have a book, or series of books, where the main characters you are following are male, they need to be read by a male narrator, like Robert Petkoff, who reads Kresley Cole's Immortals after Dark series. I have every one of those that are out. I won't get the rest of these on audio. Maybe at the library.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lethal Rider: Lords of Deliverance, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Larissa Ione
    • Narrated By Erin Bennett
    Overall
    (246)
    Performance
    (226)
    Story
    (228)

    Thanatos, the most deadly Horseman of the Apocalypse, has endured thousands of years of celibacy to prevent the end of days. But just one night with Aegis Guardian Regan Cooper shatters centuries of resolve. Yet their passion comes with a price. Thanatos must face a truth more terrifying than an apocalypse - he's about to become a father. Demon-slayer Regan Cooper never imagined herself the maternal type, but with the fate of the world in her hands, she had no choice but to seduce Thanatos.

    ducksandruns says: "Story Rocks...Narration...WHAT WERE THEY THINKING?"
    "Terrible Reader"
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    Note that I say "reader". There was no narration. Every character had the same voice. Even when the 2 main characters, one male and one female, were having a conversation, there was NO difference in her voice. She made no effort to make males and females sound different from one another. This was such a huge disappointment after Hilary Huber narrated the first 2 books so well. Bennett's voice was so bland that I would find myself with wandering mind. She will be added to my "never listen to again" list. I just bought the 4th book in the series at Target for $5.99.

    The story, on the other hand, was very good, with lots of action and sexual tension, as well as some pretty steamy sex scenes. Now, I'm going to go READ the 4th book because Erin Bennett narrates it also. I really prefer when books whose major protagonist is male is read by a man. I love the guy that does the Kresley Cole books.

    Also, it's Halley's Comet, pronounced Hal-lee, not Hailey (hay-lee).

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Mad River

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By John Sandford
    • Narrated By Eric Conger
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1106)
    Performance
    (956)
    Story
    (948)

    Bonnie and Clyde, they thought. And what's-his-name, the sidekick. Three teenagers with dead-end lives, and chips on their shoulders, and guns. The first person they killed was a highway patrolman. The second was a woman during a robbery. Then, hell, why not keep on going? As their crime spree cuts a swath through rural Minnesota, some of it captured on the killers' cell phones and sent to a local television station, Bureau of Criminal Apprehension investigator Virgil Flowers joins the growing army of cops trying to run them down.

    Bill says: "Good. Not Great. But Virgil is Hard to Skip."
    "Love that Virgil!"
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    I liked this one better than the last couple of Virgil Flowers book, though they were good. I thought this one had a better story. I always like when there is at least a bit of Lucas Davenport in it also. I also like when Virgil has a bit of a fling, though Sandford cannot write a sex scene. But the characters have that "true" flavor with conversations that sound like real people. And while there is no mystery, since you know from the start "who-dun-it", there's still the figuring out how to catch them. Eric Conger doesn't do a great range of voices, but you expect him to read the Virgil books, so it's all good.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Caressed by Ice: Psy-Changeling Series, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Nalini Singh
    • Narrated By Angela Dawe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (685)
    Performance
    (575)
    Story
    (574)

    Brenna, a she-wolf Psy, was abducted by a serial killer - and returned a monster. The only person who can help her is Judd, a telekinetic and Council defector. But the passion burning between them could push them both over the edge of sanity in the third installment in Singh's breathtaking Psy-Changeling series.

    Aimee says: "Favorite of the series so far!"
    "Loved it!"
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    I love this entire series and this one in particular. It has a great mix of romance (including steamy sex scenes) and action, just as all the books in the series do. The narrator does a really good job with this one. My only complaint about Nalini Singh is that she has the weirdest chapter breaks. Rather than stopping the chapter at the end of a scene, she does it right in the middle, for no reason I can discern. But that's minor.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Serpent's Kiss: Elder Races Series #3

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Thea Harrison
    • Narrated By Sophie Eastlake
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (929)
    Performance
    (829)
    Story
    (837)

    In order to save his friend's life, Wyr sentinel Rune Ainissesthai made a bargain with Vampyre Queen Carling - without knowing what she would ask from him in return. But when Rune attempts to make good on his debt, he finds a woman on the edge.

    ducksandruns says: "My Favorite of the Series!"
    "Series declined very quickly."
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    I was so disappointed in this addition to the series. I liked Rune so much in the previous 2 books that I was very disappointed that his book was so boring. I actually would find my mind wandering, which never happened with the first two books. There was little action and lots of internalizing. Like I said, boring. There were some pretty good sex scenes. I was also unhappy with the way Rune just seemed to turn against Dragos and the other Sentinels. Poor Dragos has now lost 2 of his sentinels. If this keeps up, how is he going to run his domain? As for Carling, I liked her OK. Better than Tricks from book 2, much less than Pia from book 1.

    This book had the same narrator as the first 2, but she did a much weaker jobs. Often when Rune and Carling were conversing, you could not tell who was talking because she just seemed to give up on making the males voice somewhat different than the females. I also could not tell whether they were thinking or speaking. I don't remember that occurring in the first 2 books. In fact, she just seemed to be reading this book. Toward the end of the book, however, when they were with the oracle in Kentucky, she suddenly came to life with the oracle's voice, and it was HORRIBLE! I won't be able to listen to book 4 if she uses that voice for an entire book. I was hoping to see one of the other sentinels star in the next book. Just because a sentinel finds his or her mate, does not mean they need to leave the Wyrs. I'm afraid the oracle and the jinn are not of much interest to me.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Storm's Heart: Elder Races Series #2

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs)
    • By Thea Harrison
    • Narrated By Sophie Eastlake
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1156)
    Performance
    (1019)
    Story
    (1018)

    During the rule of her murderous Dark Fae uncle, Thistle "Tricks" Periwinkle found sanctuary among the Wyr in New York. Her ethereal beauty and sparkling personality won the hearts of the public, but after her uncle's death, there are those who don't want to see her ascend to the throne. Able to wield thunder and lightning, Wyr sentinel Tiago Black Eagle has ruled the skies for centuries. He's sent to protect Tricks when she's almost assassinated in Chicago....

    Lori Johnson says: "Great Story!!"
    "Not quite as great as first one, but still good."
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    I have to say I loved the hero, Tiago. But I didn't care much for the heroine. Actually, one of my least favorite kinds of females are the ones where the author keeps talking about how tiny they are, their tiny feet and hands, etc. (Shades of Feehan's Dark series) I also have little patience with so much emphasis on pink nail polish and 4-inch heels, etc. That's a lot of why I loved Pia in the first book. She was so real and no nonsense. Otherwise, the story itself was pretty good and had a goodly amount of action and steamy romance. The narrator again did a pretty good job.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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