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Kim

North Brookfield, MA, United States | Member Since 2007

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  • Wild Fire: Leopard Series, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Christine Feehan
    • Narrated By Phil Gigante
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (205)
    Performance
    (100)
    Story
    (98)

    Called on a dangerous assignment, leopard shifter Conner Vega returns to the Panama rainforest of his homeland, looking every bit the civilized male. But as a member of the most lethal of the shifter tribes, he doesn’t have a civilized bone in his body. He carries the scent of a wild animal in its prime, he bears the soul-crushing sins of past kills - and he’s branded by the scars of shame inflicted by the woman he betrayed.

    Kim says: "The best yet!"
    "The best yet!"
    Overall

    I loved this book. I loved it in hard copy. I *LOVED* it in audio. Phil Gigante is amazing. Without a doubt, he is the best choice to narrate Christine Feehan's books. (I actually like him well enough that I am going to get other audios just because he narrated them).
    He brought Feehan's amazing characters to life. This book is amazing in it's own right, though. Intense romantic scenes. Great fight scenes. Brilliant characterizations that make you root for the hero and *want* the happy ending. She just keeps getting better and better as her various series continue! She is never stale or formulaic. In short? Great book and Great narration!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Dark Slayer: Dark Series, Book 20

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Christine Feehan
    • Narrated By Phil Gigante, Jane Brown
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (548)
    Performance
    (268)
    Story
    (271)

    A rumor has persisted in the vampire world of a dark slayer - a woman - who travels with a wolf pack and who destroys any vampire who crosses her path. Mysterious, elusive and seemingly impossible to kill, she is the one hunter who strikes terror into the hearts of the undead. She is Ivory Malinov. Her only brethren, the wolves. Long ago betrayed by her people, abandoned by her family, and cast out by everyone she held dear, Ivory has lived centuries without companionship or love.

    Mary says: "Loved it!!"
    "Book - 5 stars Narration - 5 stars"
    Overall

    If I could give this more stars, I would. Again - LOVE LOVE LOVE Phil Gigante! Jane Brown does a great job!
    Combining Phil Gigante and Jane Brown with C.Feehan? A total hit out of the park!

    This is a definite MUST for your library!

    Book - as usual, great characters and amazing romance scenes. Vividly written fight scenes! This is a great book!

    Narration - Intense and sexy. Gigante and Brown work *very* well together. They both 'read' the characters with such emotion and intensity. And, unlike too many I have listened to, they seem to have actually read the book prior to narrating it!!

    GREAT BOOK AND GREAT NARRATION!!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Dark Curse: Dark Series, Book 19

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Christine Feehan
    • Narrated By Phil Gigante, Jane Brown
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (437)
    Performance
    (198)
    Story
    (201)

    Lara Calladine is haunted by childhood memories of being held prisoner in an ice cave and kept sane by the whispered stories told to her by her imprisoned aunts. They instilled mage and Carpathian magic deep within her and then helped her escape.

    Jennifer says: "the dark curse"
    "Book - 4 Narration - 5"
    Overall

    I love C.Feehan books but for some reason did not like this one as much. I really like having both a male and female narrator! And Phil Gigante is, without a doubt, the best there is. Period. I like Jane Brown as well (but P. Gigante is just amazing). So, I know the narrating was great and not the reason for my lack of feeling this one like the others. Characterizations were good and the story was solid. I can't put my finger on it.

    But, this book is a good addition to a library! And if you like C.Feehan, you will like this one!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Reckless

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Amanda Quick
    • Narrated By Anne Flosnik
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (183)
    Performance
    (65)
    Story
    (68)

    At 16, Phoebe Layton had imagined that Gabriel Banner was a brave and valiant knight, a noble-hearted hero born to rescue ladies in distress. Which was why, eight years later, when she desperately needed help to carry out a vital quest, she could think of no one more suited to the job than Gabriel. But when she lures her shining knight to a lonely midnight rendezvous, Phoebe finds herself sparring with a dangerously desirable man who is nothing like the hero of her dreams.

    A User says: "Classic Amanda Quick"
    "Book - 5 stars Narration - 2 stars"
    Overall

    As in other AQ reviews I have done, I love her books and have read and reread them. I however, am very saddened that I have this in my library. Anne Flosnik's narration made this too painful to actually listen to for very long. I didn't finish Ravished and I could barely get through the first few chapters of this one. I would not have even tried had I not already bought this at the same time as Ravished (meaning I did not know how terrible it would be).
    Reasons I do not like Anne Flosnik's narration. Her voice is thready and has a tendency to wobble. Although I do appreciate the British accent! Her attempts at a masculine voice is a disaster. And there is just something very annoying about the way she measures her phrases. I have listened to hundreds of audiobooks and trudged my way through some horrible 'reads', but I am tired of doing that.

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Ravished

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Amanda Quick
    • Narrated By Anne Flosnik
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (266)
    Performance
    (118)
    Story
    (117)

    There was no doubt about it. What Miss Harriet Pomeroy needed was a man. Someone powerful and clever who could help her rout the unscrupulous thieves who were using her beloved caves to hide their loot. But when Harriet summoned Gideon Westbrook Viscount St. Justin to her aid, she could not know that she was summoning the devil himself.

    Pamela says: "Characters voices a disappointment"
    "Book - 5 stars...Narration - 2 stars"
    Overall

    I truly love Amanda Quick. And I am truly saddened by the fact that almost all of her books seem to be narrated by Anne Flosnik. The other disaster is Josephine Bailey (who narrates other AQ books)...*sigh*

    The book - Great characters, fun predicaments, great romance!

    The narration - almost painful to listen to (although I appreciate the British accent) because the voice was thready and her attempt at a masculine voice was a disaster. I actually could not finish listening to this book (although I have read it several times) due to the narration.

    So, while I love Amanda Quick in hard copy, I will not be spending anymore money on her audiobooks.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Chill of Fear: A Bishop/Special Crimes Unit Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Kay Hooper
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    Overall
    (74)
    Performance
    (40)
    Story
    (41)

    FBI agent Quentin Hayes always knew he had an unusual talent, even before he was recruited by Noah Bishop for the controversial Special Crimes Unit. But, as gifted as he is, for 20 years he's been haunted by a heartbreaking unsolved murder that took place at The Lodge, a secluded Victorian-era resort in Tennessee. Now he's returned one final time, determined to put the mystery to rest.

    Kim says: "Great book and narration!"
    "Great book and narration!"
    Overall

    Kay Hooper's Bishop series is awesome. This is another hit! Great characters and twisted plot. I do so love her plot lines. Narration was solid and well done. Dick Hill does a very good job! Even if you have never read or heard a Bishop's novel before, you can read/listen to this without getting lost - a good stand alone!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Dark Melody: Dark Series, Book 12

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Christine Feehan
    • Narrated By Rebecca Cook
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (384)
    Performance
    (139)
    Story
    (142)

    They were masters of the darkness, searching through eternity for a mistress of the light. Lead guitarist of the Dark Troubadors, Dayan was renowned for his mesmerizing performances. His melodies stilled crowds, beckoned, seduced, tempted. And always, he called to her. His lover. His lifemate. He called to her to complete him. To give him the emotions that had faded from his existence, leaving him an empty shell of growing darkness.

    Kim says: "Book - 5 stars...narration - 3 stars"
    "Book - 5 stars...narration - 3 stars"
    Overall

    Ok - I love Christine Feehan. I love her books. She has great characterizations and a wonderfully vivid way with words and phrases. I just do not think Rebecca Cook is the best person for this type of book. She does straight narration. And, frankly, Phil Gigante has given me higher expectations - he narrates other books in Feehan's various series. I think that Christine Feehan's books deserve someone who can deliver a passionate and intense narration. So - the book itself gets ***** (5 stars) but the narration gets *** (3 stars) Averaged **** (4 stars).

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Bone Crossed: Mercy Thompson, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Patricia Briggs
    • Narrated By Lorelei King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2506)
    Performance
    (1569)
    Story
    (1576)

    In a world where "witches, vampires, werewolves, and shape-shifters live beside ordinary people" (Booklist), it takes a very unusual woman to call it home. By day, Mercy Thompson is a car mechanic in Eastern Washington. By night, she explores her preternatural side. As a shape-shifter with some unusual talents, Mercy's found herself maintaining a tenuous harmony between the human and the not-so- human on more than one occasion. This time she may get more than she bargained for.

    cmclien says: "Great books"
    "Breathy Sexpot so NOT Mercy..."
    Overall

    I *love* Patricia Briggs. It's Lorelei King I could do without. Every sentence ends in a breathy suggestive way that makes the character of Mercy Thompson at best a bubble headed bombshell. Think Marilyn Monroe without the personality...
    I feel that Lorelei King would be GREAT narrating for VI Warshawski or Mae West. NOT for characters like Mercy. There isn't a breathy bombshell bone in this character's body so why would ANYONE in their right mind pair this book with that narrator?
    I had to go buy the actual paper book to read because I could not finish listening to the audio. I feel a terrible disservice was performed to this book and I can only hope that Lorelei King does not ruin another great Patricia Briggs book.

    1 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Soul Music: Discworld #16

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Terry Pratchett
    • Narrated By Nigel Planer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (729)
    Performance
    (277)
    Story
    (276)

    Matthew says: "Soul Music"
    "Loved the book"
    Overall

    Another huge home run for the team of Pratchett and Planer. I have yet to forgive TP for going with that Briggs person. I have the audio tapes of this and the quality on the tapes is MUCH better! This download had issues of "slowness" and dragging throughout the majority of the book. I rated this a 5 because the book is awesome and the actual recording is perfect - just the download from Audible has issues!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Outlander

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13469)
    Performance
    (7950)
    Story
    (7805)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: An all-time Audible favorite that mixes historic fiction, adventure, and romance with one of the most fascinating literary devices: time travel. Outlander introduces an exhilarating world of heroism and breathtaking thrills as one woman is torn between past and present, passion and love. In 1945, former combat nurse Claire Randall returns from World War II and joins her husband for a second honeymoon. But their blissful reunion is shattered....

    Lulu says: "The Reason for the Existence of Audio Books"
    "Just couldn't get through it..."
    Overall

    I have been meaning to read this book, but never have the time to invest in the project...and it IS a project. the book is HUGE! So, I was thrilled to get the audio instead (for those 4 hour commutes to and from work) then I listened. It was awful! The narrator actually made me sleepy. I tried for over 2 hours and just could not continue. I had to switch to a different book so as not to fall asleep at the wheel!

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful

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