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Shannon

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  • The Vampire King: The Kings Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Heather Killough-Walden
    • Narrated By Antony Ferguson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (209)
    Performance
    (197)
    Story
    (197)

    It was immediate for Roman. In 3,000 years, he'd never lost control of his emotions, or his heart. But the moment he laid eyes on Evelynne Farrow, he knew she was the woman who haunted his dreams. And everything changed. Everything. Evie Farrow has always loved a good vampire romance. In fact, she makes a living writing them. While sitting in a coffee shop and working on her next mega-hot book, Evie is approached by a tall, dark, and handsome man who could have been pulled directly from one of her novels.

    Shannon says: "Interesting story but..."
    "Interesting story but..."
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    What did you love best about The Vampire King?

    It was an interesting start to the series. I liked the unique take on Vampire mythologies, incorporating magic was a great touch.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Vampire King?

    I'd have to say the interactions with each vampire, I wanted to know more of how their power worked.


    How could the performance have been better?

    My problem with this book was the narrator. How do I explain this, Anthony put a definite pause/punctuation at the end of every sentence. So instead of it sounding like a continuous story it sounded more like bad slam poetry. It made it so very difficult to get into the story, I KNOW I would have liked it more if someone else was reading it. And since he is narrating all of them I'll have to read them instead. I can't bring myself to pay money for that experience again.


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

    Not particularly


    Any additional comments?

    I just wish someone else had read these books, someone else could have made them great. As is, it was more of a chore to get through.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Kiss of the Highlander: Highlander, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Karen Marie Moning
    • Narrated By Phil Gigante
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1290)
    Performance
    (791)
    Story
    (780)

    Enchanted by a powerful spell, Highland laird Drustan MacKeltar slumbered for nearly five centuries hidden deep in a cave, until an unlikely savior awakened him. The enticing lass who dressed and spoke like no woman he'd ever known was from his distant future, where crumbled ruins were all that remained of his vanished world.

    Brenda says: "Could stand alone in the series"
    "Surprisingly delightfiul"
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    What made the experience of listening to Kiss of the Highlander the most enjoyable?

    Its surprising humor and intricate plot.


    What did you like best about this story?

    That it kept me guessing. I got this on a whim. I thought it would be a laugh, and it was, in a good way. The characters were enjoyable and they got the time travel physics correct. What a pleasant surprise.


    What about Phil Gigante’s performance did you like?

    I usually feel like when men try to do women's voices it leaves them seeming shallow or dim witted. I didn't mind his at all.


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

    Trying not to spoil anything.. I loved the way they described her after they are pulled apart closer to the end. It was very well done.


    Any additional comments?

    This one is def worth a credit. What a fun ride

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Valiant: New Species, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Laurann Dohner
    • Narrated By Vanessa Chambers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (785)
    Performance
    (745)
    Story
    (745)

    Tammy has always tried to be prepared for any calamity life might send her way but she never imagined a sexy, lion man-beast in her future. He’s stalking closer, growling at her, and she’s too terrified to even flee. Valiant hates humans. But when he gets a whiff of the adorable human female who has invaded his territory, he starts rethinking. Her fear scents of pure, sweet temptation and the closer he gets, the more appealing she becomes. Once he’s got his hands on her, he isn’t about to let her go. One thought will change his life. MINE!

    Candateshia Pafford says: "Sooo good! MINE!!!"
    "Another book I struggled to get through"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Anyone who enjoyed the Twilight books, they were equally as awful.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Hopefully something good. I have 2 books left from the last BOGO sale, hopefully one comes through.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Vanessa Chambers?

    I dont think a cast would have made it better. Its hard to improve on weak character development and dialog.


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

    That would edit out most of the book.


    Any additional comments?

    None of the characters we're very likable. I like a strong female lead and every character in this book needed work. If I hadn't gotten this from a BOGO dale I would have returned it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Siren

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Tiffany Reisz
    • Narrated By Aeron James
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (335)
    Performance
    (302)
    Story
    (306)

    Notorious Nora Sutherlin is famous for her delicious works of erotica, each one more popular with readers than the last. But her latest manuscript is different - more serious, more personal - and she's sure it'll be her breakout book…if it ever sees the light of day. Zachary Easton holds Nora's fate in his well-manicured hands. The demanding British editor agrees to handle the book on one condition: He wants complete control. Nora must rewrite the entire novel to his exacting standards - in six weeks - or it's no deal. Nora's grueling writing sessions with Zach are draining…and shockingly arousing.

    CAC says: "Very intense and controversial....but a fab listen"
    "Too much hype, don't waste a credit"
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    What would have made The Siren better?

    Characters you could CARE about. They were so bland! How is that even possible when its an erotica writer and her publisher?


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Hopefully something good. I got a lot of 2 for a credit books and so far I have liked one of them. Anything Kresley Cole or Joey W Hill I will purchase and love.


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

    I think the narrator did as good a job as he could with the source material. His female voices were a bit obnoxious to listen to.


    What character would you cut from The Siren?

    The whole book needed a rewrite.


    Any additional comments?

    I disliked this book I almost got a refund. If I hadn't gotten it and another for 1 credit I would have, It had so many good reviews. What a disappointment.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Clean Sweep

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Ilona Andrews
    • Narrated By Renee Raudman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (803)
    Performance
    (734)
    Story
    (734)

    On the outside, Dina Demille is the epitome of normal. She runs a quaint Victorian Bed and Breakfast in a small Texas town, owns a Shih Tzu named Beast, and is a perfect neighbor, whose biggest problem should be what to serve her guests for breakfast.

    Donna says: "A MUST LISTEN. Promising start for a new series."
    "I wanted to like it more"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    More of a time waster, I just couldn't bring myself to care about the characters. The concept was great the execution was lacking.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Ilona Andrews? Why or why not?

    I would, but it wont be on the top of my list.


    What aspect of Renee Raudman’s performance would you have changed?

    The character was supposed to be a 26 yr old woman. I couldn't tell if it was the narrator or the way it was written. But it felt more like a 50yr old lady.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Yes, only because in movies they give more action to keep the audience entertained


    Any additional comments?

    I didn't believe the characters age at all. I get the suspension of disbelief, but the character runs an Inn for the supernatural! What an awesome job, it should come with some personality.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Aftermath: Invasion of the Dead, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Owen Lucas Baillie
    • Narrated By Tim Budas
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (16)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (14)

    Australia...a huge, sprawling land filled with danger...but nothing as dangerous as this... Deep beneath defense headquarters in the Australian Capital Territory, the last ranking Army chief considers the collapse of his country, and the contingency plan to win it back. One hundred and fifty miles away, five friends returning from a month-long camping trip slowly discover that the world has turned horribly wrong, that a virus has ravaged the entire east coast of Australia.

    The Zombie Specialist says: "Australian Zombie Story! meh"
    "Boring"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    If I cared about any of the characters. I just didnt, they kept making the same mistakes over and over.


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

    No, I know there are good ones. I just have to find them


    What didn’t you like about Tim Budas’s performance?

    His performance wasn't awful, but the source material was so bad it was hard to like anything about the book.


    What character would you cut from Aftermath?

    Unfortunately most of the women, and that's the whole problem! They we're all such weak characters, needing the men to come save them. One of them was a flipping DOCTOR!!! She should have taken control of the situation and been a huge asset to the team. But no, the writer demeaned her character and gave her PTSD for some unknown reason. Probably to make the men feel more superior.


    Any additional comments?

    Don't waste your money or credit and pick up WWZ, The Remaining, or the Rot & Ruin series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Tell Me It's Real

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By TJ Klune
    • Narrated By Michael Lesley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (179)
    Performance
    (175)
    Story
    (173)

    Do you believe in love at first sight? Paul Auster doesn't. Paul doesn't believe in much at all. He's thirty, slightly overweight, and his best features are his acerbic wit and the color commentary he provides as life passes him by. His closest friends are a two-legged dog named Wheels and a quasibipolar drag queen named Helena Handbasket. He works a dead-end job in a soul-sucking cubicle, and if his grandmother's homophobic parrot insults him one more time, Paul is going to wring its stupid neck.

    T. Henry says: "Don't read on a plane!"
    "Laugh out loud funny!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely and I already have, I cant tell you how many times I caught myself giggling or bark laughing to the point I'm sure the people driving next to me thought I was insane.


    What other book might you compare Tell Me It's Real to and why?

    The Art of Breathing or any of the books in the Bear, Otter & the Kid series. TJ Klune is fast becoming a favorite author.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The first date... no wait! Where he hits him with his car. No wait... Their first attempt at being together. Damn there are so many good ones.


    If you could rename Tell Me It's Real, what would you call it?

    A book full of awesomely uncomfortable moments


    Any additional comments?

    This was a great stand alone or addition to the Bear, Otter & the Kid series. So much fun, and quickly became one of my all time favs.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Contamination Boxed Set: Books 0-3

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By T. W. Piperbrook
    • Narrated By Troy Duran
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (259)
    Performance
    (250)
    Story
    (248)

    The infection has begun, ravaging the American Southwest and leaving chaos in its wake. In this new world, there will be no last meal, no dying wish. The only reward left is to survive another day...

    Casey Skelton says: "Holy Sh@#!"
    "What? Why? ... don't waste your money"
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    What would have made Contamination Boxed Set better?

    A definitive plot would have helped. Its like the writer couldn't decide what he wanted the story to be about.


    What could T. W. Piperbrook have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    A good direction would have been nice. I thought we would eventually get some sort of actual description of the CONTAGION! People we're infected and we saw resulting behavior, but not a clear picture. Even when, for some unknown reason, we started following characters who were responsible for the spread of the disease.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Troy Duran’s performances?

    I have definitely heard worse performers, and I'm sure my frustration with the source material didn't help. But I had to keep rewinding 30 seconds to see what character was saying what. He didn't have a clear inflection of voices between characters, even with the females. I definitely wont seek him out, but I wont NOT buy a book because he narrated it.


    What character would you cut from Contamination Boxed Set?

    Well... since I didn't finish it this will be a biased choice. But Delta. They started with a semi strong female character and proceeded to make her useless. Completely dependent on male characters for help.


    Any additional comments?

    Frustrated doesn't begin to describe my experience with this book. I tried to finish it, I got a good 6 hours in until I literally screamed and deleted it from my library. There is a scene with 1 of the only 2 female characters in the book. She has a gun and a clear advantage over her would be attacker. Her partner is down, she then wallows about how she would love the downed partner to get up and save her. Then gets overrun by 4 men, all unarmed. While she still has a loaded pistol in her hands. WHAT?!?! I get wanting a different scenario for your characters, but seriously? I can stand drivel like this. She literally let herself be overrun while wishing her male friend would come and save her. I just... can't.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Days of Blood & Starlight

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Laini Taylor
    • Narrated By Khristine Hvam
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1116)
    Performance
    (1015)
    Story
    (1024)

    In this stunning sequel to the highly acclaimed Daughter of Smoke and Bone, Karou must come to terms with who and what she is, and how far she'll go to avenge her people. Filled with heartbreak and beauty, mysteries and secrets, new characters and old favorites, Days of Blood and Starlight brings the richness, color and intensity of the first book to a brand new canvas.

    Katheryne says: "No Sophomore Slump here...Just wow!"
    "Wow.. Just wow"
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    What made the experience of listening to Days of Blood & Starlight the most enjoyable?

    The narrators performance adds just the right element to this truely amazing story. I was on the fence for the first book and got it in a 2 for 1 credit special. I fell in love instantly. Khristine's voice is perfect as is her accents for the characters. You always know who is talking and she really brings the pages to life.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Its so in depth without being overly graphic in its attention to detail. The story has a wonderful flow that isn't broken up by too descriptive landscapes.


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

    No, this is a first and I will jump on the chance to listen to her again.


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

    "Loose yourself in the world of Angels and Monsters"


    Any additional comments?

    Wonderful synergy of writing and performance! A perfect blend.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fighting to Survive: As the World Dies, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Rhiannon Frater
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell
    Overall
    (317)
    Performance
    (288)
    Story
    (287)

    Picking up where The First Days ends, Fighting to Survive features the further zombie-killing, civilization-saving adventures of a pair of sexy, kick butt heroines and the men who love them. A hundred or so survivors of the zombie plague have found tenuous safety in the walled off center of a small Texas town. Now the hard work of survival begins - finding enough food; creating safe, weather-resistant shelter; establishing laws; and fighting off both the undead who want to eat them and the living bandits who want to rob and kill them.

    Vanessa says: "OK OK she LIKES both SEXES..MOVE ON ALREADY! JEEZ!"
    "Chilling second installment"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely, I already have. Its a refreshing take on the zombie genre, if the dead can walk why wouldn't ghosts be real as well?


    What did you like best about this story?

    The honest look into the root of humanity, and what a cataclysmic event would do to people.


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

    This was the second, the first being the First Days. I would listen to her again for sure.


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

    There are too many to count and would definitely be spoilers.


    Any additional comments?

    This was an intense and gratifying listen

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The First Days: As the World Dies, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Rhiannon Frater
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (545)
    Performance
    (502)
    Story
    (499)

    The morning that the world ends, Katie is getting ready for court and housewife Jenni is taking care of her family. Less than two hours later, they are fleeing for their lives from a zombie horde. Thrown together by circumstance, Jenni and Katie become a powerful zombie-killing partnership, mowing down zombies as they rescue Jenni's stepson, Jason, from an infected campground.

    Garth says: "Not for my demographic"
    "Refreshing take on the zombie genre"
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    Would you listen to The First Days again? Why?

    Absolutely, and I plan on it. I loved that they didn't shy away from the fact there would be child zombies, lots of them. Most books/movies gloss over that fact. It makes for a more terrifying realistic view.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Katie for sure, I related to her more. She was such a strong character, even in her vulnerable moments, she was never ashamed of she she was, and she loved unconditionally.


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

    This was the first time I have heard one of her narrations, but I def will again.


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

    The first chapter was heartbreaking and real and hooked me from the get go. I was completely invested and so glad I picked up this book.


    Any additional comments?

    Take a chance on this series, you wont be disappointed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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