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  • Plague of the Dead: The Morningstar Strain, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Z. A. Recht
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    Overall
    (1818)
    Performance
    (1288)
    Story
    (1291)

    The end begins with a viral outbreak unlike anything mankind has ever encountered before. The infected are subject to delirium, fever, a dramatic increase in violent behavior, and a one-hundred percent mortality rate. Death. But it doesn't end there. The victims return from death to walk the earth. When a massive military operation fails to contain the plague of the living dead it escalates into a global pandemic.

    Big Art says: "Makes my top 10 Zombie Stories of all time!!"
    "Good, not the best, but good."
    Overall

    The story was a near perfect setting for the beginning of a zombie apocalyse. It had enough medical information to make it scary and attention grabbing (as if this could happen). It keep the action coming (though it took awhile to get through all the IMs in the first of the book) and you never really knew what was going to happen to a lot of the characters (still surprised that that character was infected and killed). The narrator was good, and he sounded like he did a good job of giving all the characters' different voices (and the accents was excellent). The only problem I thought was that some of the actions by the characters in the story did not make too much sense. Why torture the reporter for information if you had the doctor who told you all you wanted to know? If you did not see a soul alive and moving in a small town during a time of "war", why commit your whole troop to entering the town, going in blind? Why risk trained personel to go and get 3 so-called fugitives when you know the city is over-run with the infected and have a high probability of being noticed by said infected? But other than that, the book was really good and kept me so interested that I bought the next book.

    10 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • Twice a Rake: Lord Rotheby's Influence, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Catherine Gayle
    • Narrated By Pearl Hewitt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (51)
    Performance
    (49)
    Story
    (49)

    When Aurora Hyatt loses her journal in Hyde Park, her ruin is a foregone conclusion. After all, if anyone discovers her writings, they'll find scandalous fantasies involving the newest rake in town alongside entirely-too-candid thoughts about her typical dreary suitors. Aurora will either be forced into a loveless marriage with the first nodcock to make an offer, or she'll be assigned a permanent position on the shelf. Oh, dear good Lord. What catastrophe will God smite down upon her next?

    K. Overton says: "Narration fail"
    "Gave me a headache"
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    Performance
    Story

    In an audiobook, the narrator is just as important as the story itself. If the narrator has some bad talking habits or just a bad sounding voice, the audiobook is hard to like. The narrator spoke well, but she unfortunately has a high pitched girly voice. Even though she did very well giving each character their own sound so it was half way easy to identify the character speaking, she gave most, if not all, a very annoying accent that started to give me a headache.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • All That Glitters

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Linda Howard
    • Narrated By Emily Rose
    Overall
    (20)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (18)

    Greek billionaire playboy Nikolas Constantinos intended to conclude the business deal with Jessica Stanton, a.k.a. The Black Widow, as quickly as possible. Love hadn't been part of his plan. A hot affair or a one-night stand was all he'd allow. Because love would lead to marriage. And marriage to Jessica, a woman with a scandalous past, could ruin him. But love was the one thing he couldn't control.

    Kristin says: "The worst Linda Howard book ever!!"
    "The Abridged Version was Better"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Years ago, I got the abridged version of this book (in cassettes). And it was okay, not great but halfway decent. This version on the other hand was not even halfway decent.
    The narrator was okay, giving a good try at this book, but with this story I think nothing could have saved it.
    The main female character was a complete wimp and sometimes seem to "tease" the main male character into almost raping her several times, and I mean "several" times. The main male character was a complete jerk, jumping to conclusions and insulting the main female character through most of the book, and still rapes her on their wedding night.
    If I'm going to read a book about abuse, I would like to see some redeeming qualities, like the characters standing up for themselves or getting away from bad relationships, not "a tiger I can tame" (she thought this earlier in the book). Even the end was very cheesy and didn't really save the book from being bad.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fire Dance

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Delle Jacobs
    • Narrated By Michael Page
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (66)
    Performance
    (58)
    Story
    (61)

    Sent to execute the king’s cryptic command to destroy an evil sorcerer, capture his castle, and take his daughter to wife, Alain De Crency expects a hard siege. Instead, the castle is undefended, the daughter vanished, and the sorcerer dead, shrouded in a purple cloak. Alain lays claim to the cloak and searches for the missing daughter. But soon he faces a new dilemma: How can he marry the missing lady when a beautiful, evasive servant has captured his desire?

    Amazon Customer says: "Narrator ruins it for me!"
    "Where's the Logic"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The story was well written and it did not confuse me, but I couldn't agree with the logic. It seemed like the main female character was creating most of the trouble and yet she "didn't want trouble". If the main female character wanted the main male character to stay and govern and help her people, why did she allow him to be poisoned by arsenic through over 3/4ths of the book and then she gets upset when he thinks she was the one who did it. She didn't want to marry him so she hid herself with the servants, but she kept doing things to come to his attention. That's the problem with a lot of historical romances. If they are not written with some style and care, they tend to portray the female character as a dramatic ditz with very poor common sense and become bland, overdone, or just annoying.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Never Trust a Pirate: Scandal at the House of Russell, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Anne Stuart
    • Narrated By Xe Sands
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (131)
    Performance
    (118)
    Story
    (115)

    Madeleine Russell counted on making a splendid match. Instead, a devastating family scandal left her orphaned and penniless...and determined to uncover the villain who disgraced and killed her father. The beautiful, quick-witted Maddy disguises herself as a household servant, vowing to work in her prime suspect’s house and learn the truth. But the closer she gets to the man who may have ruined her family, the more she feels drawn in by his wicked reputation.

    Rosemary says: "The 2nd book in the series as good as the 1st!"
    "Old storyline, but still a good read"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Yes, this plot was the same as the first book, but it's still a pleasant read. No "damsel is distress" or idiotic logic that a lot of regency romances portray the main female character as. And this narrator, in my opinion, is one of the best.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Skin Walkers: Monroe

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Susan A. Bliler
    • Narrated By Erin Mallon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (151)
    Performance
    (142)
    Story
    (144)

    When Game Warden Eden St. Cloud goes up against CEO Monroe StoneCrow, she encounters the most intimidating, powerful, and sexy man she's ever seen. Unaware of the fact that Monroe is the Dominant Skin Walker in North America, it isn't until Eden becomes enmeshed in his life that she realizes it's too late to escape. Worse, she's drawn the children under her care into the lair of the beast and must now succumb to Monroe's desires or risk losing her children forever.

    karen says: "OH YEA - This was smoking !!"
    "Endless Gasping"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Have you ever seen a movie, a play, or a concert where the performer does something, wears something, has something or just "something" that so distracts you that you can not even remember what you were watching? This narrator did it to me. She has a nice reading voice, well modulated. Not monotone or overly dramatic. She even did a very good job of differing her voice enough for each character to make it so easy to identify which character was talking, which is not easy. But her problem is she has very poor breath control. Almost every time a sentence ends or after several words, she make this really loud indrawn gasp like she is out of breath. It became so distracting that I had to rewind this audiobook several times to try to pick up the thread of the story. Eventually, I just gave up because all I could remember was....Gasp.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Close Obsession: The Krinar Chronicles, Volume 2

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Anna Zaires, Dima Zales
    • Narrated By Kitty Hendrix
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (185)
    Performance
    (179)
    Story
    (177)

    The highly anticipated sequel to Close Liaisons…In Lenkarda - the main Krinar colony on Earth - Mia is completely at Korum's mercy. With no way to leave and no idea how to operate even the most basic Krinar technology, she has no choice but to trust the K who brought her there - the lover whom she had betrayed. Will he keep his promise to bring her home, or is she destined to be his prisoner forever? Can a human become a part of Krinar society? Does Korum love her, or does he only wish to possess her? You must listen to find out…

    Leesa says: "My kind of flavor!!"
    "And More Bad Relationships, Including the Narrator"
    Overall
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    This time, I couldn't last more than 2 hours before giving up.
    The narrator is still not changing her voice for the characters, so you don't know when she stops telling the story and starts speaking for both the male and female characters.
    The story is still falling flat. The main female character cannot seem to stand up for herself and basically does what the main male character wants her to, but she protests and then falls into bed (Great protesting). Not really too much character development or growth. It's the same story in a different location.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Close Liaisons: The Krinar Chronicles, Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Anna Zaires, Dima Zales
    • Narrated By Kathleen Godwin
    Overall
    (386)
    Performance
    (367)
    Story
    (370)

    In the near future, the Krinar rule the Earth. An advanced race from another galaxy, they are still a mystery to us - and we are completely at their mercy. Shy and innocent, Mia Stalis is a college student in New York City who has led a very normal life. Like most people, she's never had any interactions with the invaders - until one fateful day in the park changes everything. Having caught Korum's eye, she must now contend with a powerful, dangerously seductive Krinar who wants to possess her and will stop at nothing to make her his own.

    Val says: "I can't believe how much I enjoyed the book"
    "Promoting Bad Relationships"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The narrator had a pleasant voice, not fast or flat. But most times I couldn't tell if she was speaking for the characters or just telling the story.
    On the other hand, the story had potential but did not live up to it. If the reader/listener is okay with stories where the main female character is weak and pretty much agrees with everyone and follows their advice and orders without really thinking for herself and the male character has all the power and tells the main female character what to do and she does with what only can be called "token" protestation (and yes, I know this is a run on sentence. I am making a point.), this might be a book they want to listen to. For me,...no.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Unbearable Lightness of Dragons: A Novel of the Light Dragons

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Katie MacAlister
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (156)
    Performance
    (130)
    Story
    (131)

    Ysolde Bouchier is still coming to terms with the dragon part of her, while at the same time trying to free a friend of Baltic-her Black Dragon lover-from the weyr, get Baltic to meet with the dragons who want him dead, rescue a half-dragon damsel in over her head, raise the shade of the man everyone says killed her, and once and for all clear Baltic's name of the murder charges that continue to plague him. For Ysolde, being a dragon is starting to bite.

    Paul says: "the light dragons"
    "Worse than Fingernails on a Chalkboard"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This is the only narrator so far that makes me want to scrub my ears out with a steel wool brush. Because of her bad habit of talking with a "wet mouth", I cannot pay attention to the story. In the past I was in a tractor truck that did not have very good noise insulation so I did not mind too much. But now since I have been placed into this more expensive truck, I can hear every slurp, slosh, and sip. Now, if I every find this narrator reading a book I want, I'll buy the paperback and save myself the trauma of listening to her.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Unbound: The Forbidden Bond, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Cat Miller
    • Narrated By Neva Navarre
    Overall
    (243)
    Performance
    (226)
    Story
    (228)

    College is supposed to be a time of discovery, but Danielle Vaughn never imagined it would be like this: Heightened senses, supernatural powers, and a sudden craving for human blood. Dani is a demi-vamp, the daughter of a human psychic and a vampire noble, a living secret kept hidden for 21 years. As Dani’s heritage manifests itself, her thirst for blood is matched only by her hunger for Chase Diedrick.

    Davida says: "This book deserves 10 Stars!!"
    "Failed at the K-I-S-S system"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This was a very long...long book. I'm exhausted after listening to it.
    The concept was good, but the author put too much into the story. Every time I turned around the author was adding another male character who was "fascinated" by the main female character. And the main female character was way too flighty and meladramatic, and seemed to want all the attention she was "embarrassed" about.
    Narrator was good. She was probably the only thing I can say was good about this book.
    She was able to differ the voices for each character so it was not hard to identify them and even had enough emotion when needed to not sound monotone and boring. But unfortunately the story was way too busy for me to be interested in hearing what happens next.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Wool: Silo, #1; Wool, #1-5

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Hugh Howey
    • Narrated By Amanda Sayle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1418)
    Performance
    (1302)
    Story
    (1314)

    In a ruined and toxic landscape, a community exists in a giant silo underground, hundreds of stories deep. There, men and women live in a society full of regulations they believe are meant to protect them. Sheriff Holston, who has unwaveringly upheld the silo’s rules for years, unexpectedly breaks the greatest taboo of all: He asks to go outside.

    Michael G. Kurilla says: "Post-apocalyptic life in a silo"
    "One word: BORING"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Typically, I will give a book five to seven chapters or an audiobook an hour to snare my interest. This one kept putting me to sleep around forty minutes ( yes, I tried three times to listen to it). Some might say "it's a good book but it starts slow." To me, that is just a sign of a bad book and a waste of time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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