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  • The Bride

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Julie Garwood
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1976)
    Performance
    (1228)
    Story
    (1238)

    By edict of the king, the mighty Scottish laird Alec Kincaid must take an English bride. His choice was Jamie the feisty youngest daughter of Baron Jamison. Alec ached to touch her, to tame her, to possess her forever. But Jamie vowed never to surrender to this highland barbarian. Though his kisses fired her blood, shadowed secrets from Alec's past threatened Jamie's happiness. She brazenly resisted him - until one rapturous moment quelled their clash of wills.

    XYZPDQ says: "Early works released in MP3 at last!!"
    "Great Story"
    Overall

    This was the first romance novel I ever read as a teenager and it's still one of my favorites. I think I read this, and Garwood's others in this series at least 20 times. Good enough to read over and over for sure. When I saw it was in audiobook format, I had to get it. I wasn't disappointed. In fact, I hadn't read the books in a few years and listening to it brought the story alive for me in a way it never did before.

    Jamie is a strong compliment to Alec even though she is English - a sore spot, let me tell you. I love reading not only about her budding relationship and eventual romance with Alec but also her relationships with the other people in the story and the family she chooses and who choose her.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Mystery Man

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Kristen Ashley
    • Narrated By Kate Russell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (798)
    Performance
    (756)
    Story
    (761)

    Gwendolyn Kidd has met the man of her dreams. He's hot, he's sexy, and what started as a no-names-exchanged night of passion has blossomed into a year and a half-long pleasure fest. Sure, it's a little strange that he only appears in her bed at night, but Gwen is so sure he's the one, she just can't turn him away…. Hawk Delgado knows more about Gwen than she could ever imagine. She's gorgeous, headstrong, and skittish about relationships. But Hawk is facing his own demons, demons that keep him from connecting with anyone.

    Angela says: "Fan-freakin-tastic!!!!!"
    "Great Intro to the Dream Man Trilogy"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you love best about Mystery Man?

    The story is wonderful. Having read all the books before, it made me excited to be able to listen to them all in the future.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    When I'm actually reading the books, Elvira is one of my favorites. I think that Gwen is my favorite listening to it. The narrator does the best job with her voice.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Kate Russell’s performances?

    I really hope she's not doing the rest of the books in the trilogy (or any other books for KA). She mumbled, she ran sentences together (no, not in a way that made sense to the text - just ran it all together) and she would break up sentences awkwardly. She got better the further along you were listening but it just wasn't that good. Also, I don't know if it was the production of the audio or not, but when she whispers, the audio is really low so you turn it up ... then she talks in a normal tone for another voice and you have to quickly turn the audio down or get your ears blasted out.

    Just not enjoyable.


    Any additional comments?

    If you've already read KA's books, I don't think that any bad audio performance can keep you away - her characters and the stories she tells stand on their own. Just know that another one of KA's audio performers doesn't do her novel justice.

    Let's hope the next one is better.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Own the Wind: A Chaos Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Kristen Ashley
    • Narrated By Angela Starling
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (476)
    Performance
    (443)
    Story
    (446)

    Tabitha Allen grew up in the thick of Chaos - the Chaos Motorcycle Club, that is. Her father is Chaos' leader, and the club has always had her back. But one rider was different from the start. When Tabby was running wild, Shy Cage was there. When tragedy tore her life apart, he helped her piece it back together. And now, Tabby's thinking about much more than friendship.... Tabby is everything Shy's ever wanted, but everything he thinks he can't have.

    Katheryne says: "Swoon-worthy Biker Bad Boys"
    "Love Kristen Ashley - Just Love Her!!!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you love best about Own the Wind?

    This is the first in the Chaos Series and it's wonderful to read about characters that we got to know in prior novels. Shy is totally alpha, Tab is totally cool and the MC is one hell of a family. The story of these two coming together is a great story.


    What other book might you compare Own the Wind to and why?

    If you love this, read her other novels Mystery Man, Motorcycle Man and Law Man to read about some of the related characters. One thing I love about Kristen Ashley is that she keeps her characters around so you can revisit them in other novels.


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

    I read this book before I read it - it was a little difficult for me with the way she did the male voices but overall it was very well done. It just took me a couple hours to forget that it was a woman doing the voice instead of just taking in the book. And if you know who Tex is ... maybe you can sympathize with me that there was no way a female reader could do his voice. I think this series would be better served with a male/female duo reading it or just a male reader.


    Any additional comments?

    I love Kristen Ashley's books - I've read them all. Some of them are in genre's I don't usually prefer and guess what? I still love them. All I can say is if you find a KA book, you need something to read, you won't be disappointed by her. :)

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Shadowfever: Fever, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Karen Marie Moning
    • Narrated By Natalie Ross, Phil Gigante
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2100)
    Performance
    (1129)
    Story
    (1128)

    MacKayla Lane was just a child when she and her sister, Alina, were given up for adoption and banished from Ireland forever. Twenty years later, Alina is dead and Mac has returned to the country that expelled them to hunt her sister’s murderer. But after discovering that she descends from a bloodline both gifted and cursed, Mac is plunged into a secret history: an ancient conflict between humans and immortals who have lived concealed among us for thousands of years.

    Katheryne says: "I loved it, but its not for everyone"
    "Wrapped up nicely ... and ready for the new series"
    Overall

    This book was a great conclusion to the Fever series. It was nice to see more of the Immortal Highlanders as well. While there were some things that were left unsaid, knowing that the author is going to have a new series in the same universe makes it so I don't mind. Mac's story is nicely wrapped up.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Midnight's Daughter: Dorina Basarab, Dhampir, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Karen Chance
    • Narrated By Joyce Bean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (258)
    Performance
    (150)
    Story
    (148)

    Dorina Basarab is a dhampir - half-human, half-vampire. Subject to uncontrollable rages, most dhampirs live very short, very violent lives. So far Dory has managed to maintain her sanity by unleashing her anger on those demons and vampires who deserve killing. Now Dory's vampire father has come back into her life. Her uncle Dracula (yes, the Dracula), infamous even among vampires for his cruelty and murderous ways, has escaped his prison.

    Leanna says: "Too much bravado"
    "Character"
    Overall

    I love reading urban fantasy ... I especially love reading urban fantasy that has some family drama mixed in. Dorina (Dory) is the daughter of Mircea Basarab - older brother to Dracula and Radu the Handsome. Given the fact that she's the 'Black Sheep' due to being only half vampire and that it seems like all of vampire kind have an extreme aversion to her, she has a bit of a grudge - but that's nothing she's not used to - especially when she's number 1 on her Uncle's hit list, she's estranged from daddy except for him hiring her to try to get Vlad under control and the one person who's able to help her control her own Berserker like rages (her roomie) has gone missing. It's a busy time for this hunter of insane vamps .... but at least she has good company with a certain vamp that Mircea has going along for the ride with her.

    I really enjoyed this book. I love the Cassie Palmer series as well, and this was just like candy on the side for me. I got to know more about a couple of my favorite characters and the narration was very good.

    I would definitely recommend this book. I like action in my books, with a little bit of romance, and this book doesn't take the story too far in either direction.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Heart of a Warrior

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Johanna Lindsey
    • Narrated By Laural Merlington
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (145)
    Performance
    (65)
    Story
    (68)

    Brittany Callaghan thinks she's dreaming when a blond, nearly seven-feet-tall Nordic god shows up on her doorstep in her tiny California town. He claims to be a barbarian warrior in need of her help. Though a stunning, statuesque beauty herself, intelligent and independent Brittany has struggled hard to earn respect in a man's world. She is taken aback when Dalden, a spectacular Viking who is a long way from home, needs her help - and is willing to pay for it.

    Anneliese says: "Not the beginning of the trio"
    "Not the beginning of the trio"
    Overall

    I know that this author is most well known for her historical romances and I think that's why a lot of reviewers are disappointed - they aren't getting what they're expecting. However, if you do like romances in a sci-fi sense, this is a good one.

    The only nit-picky thing I have to say is that the narrator tends to make our main guy sound like a robot.

    One other thing - this isn't the first book in this trio ... it's actually the last. Readers may not be used to the world yet if they haven't read the first two books. I read them a few years ago, they're well worth it and I hope they show up here sometime soon.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Moon Called: Mercy Thompson, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Patricia Briggs
    • Narrated By Lorelei King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4025)
    Performance
    (2585)
    Story
    (2591)

    Mercy Thompson's life is not exactly normal. Her next-door neighbor is a werewolf. Her former boss is a gremlin. And she's fixing a VW bus for a vampire. But then, Mercy isn't exactly normal herself.

    Susan says: "I love this series.."
    "Wonderful"
    Overall

    I loved reading the Mercy Thompson series but I loved listening to it more. I have read all the books from this series and the Alpha and Omega series and was delighted to find that the Mercy Thompson series was now available in audiobook format. The narrator did an excellent job, I got totally lost in the book and didn't even think about the voices. I hope that the other books in the series are coming soon, I have a long commute to work and I'd love to be able to fill the time in listening to what's happening with Mercy.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Swallowing Darkness: Meredith Gentry, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Laurell K. Hamilton
    • Narrated By Claudia Black
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (624)
    Performance
    (297)
    Story
    (304)

    "I am Meredith, princess of faerie, wielder of the hands of Flesh and Blood, and at long last, I am with child twins, fathered by my royal guard. Though my uncle, Taranis, King of Light and Illusion, claims that he is the true father since he abducted me from my home, betrayed, and defiled me. And now he has branded my guards as a threat to my unborn children."

    Kristy says: "Story is great, narration was not so great"
    "A richly told tale ... reading or listening"
    Overall

    I truly am enjoying this audiobook, most especially, I think, b/c of the narrator. I haven't listened to the other books in the series before and maybe that's why I wasn't distracted but I thought her accent added to the story, not detracted. She brought the characters together beautifully and I haven't been confused once as to who was speaking.

    I think it is kind of telling that there are some reviews here saying she overacts, and others that say there isn't enough acting to tell a difference. You have to move on and just enjoy the story ... and this has got to be the best Merry Gentry story so far.

    So go ahead and buy this without fear that you'll not enjoy it. The story is rich and so is the voice that will be telling it to you!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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