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Alan

Forest Grove, OR, United States

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  • IOU Sex

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Calista Fox
    • Narrated By Charise Greene
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (159)
    Performance
    (133)
    Story
    (137)

    Fiona Carlisle didn't think anything could hurt as much as finding her fiancé in bed with her sister. But receiving an invitation to the happy couple's engagement party comes a close second. Determined to prove to her family and herself that she's moved on, Fiona has every intention of attending, looking red-hot and with an even hotter man on her arm. And there's only one man who will do: renowned photographer and reputed playboy Michael Houston.

    Alan says: "IOU Sex by Calista Fox"
    "IOU Sex by Calista Fox"
    Overall

    Although I don't usually consider "romance" novels serious literature, this one was very well written. The author constructs a good solid story, creates dynamic, intelligent, likeable characters, drops them into a plausible scenario that doesn't cause the reader confusion, and engages them in family dynamics anyone could relate to -- and offers a very satisfying conclusion. The erotica is extremely well done -- tantalizing, with lots of great build-up, and not just pointless fumbling. If the reader has anywhere near normal sensual response, that appetite will be skillfully whetted. Good job, Calista!

    11 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • The Year When Stardust Fell

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Raymond F. Jones
    • Narrated By Jim Roberts
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    Years before J.J. Abrams' new Science Fiction TV series Revolution, or Newt Gingrich's prediction of a doomsday power outage, Raymond Jones wrote a spell-binding sci-fi novel with a similar theme. The world suddenly finds that, due to an unknown cause, all machines have stopped working. That means no electricity, no cars, no computers, none of the things the modern world has come to rely on. The story follows the population of a small college town as events unfold. Will scientists, using only primitive equipment be able to find the cause...and a solution? Will people band together and find a way to survive or will chaos ensue?

    Alan says: "The Year When Stardust Fell"
    "The Year When Stardust Fell"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I'd like to know who originally rated this audio book with 4.5 stars -- I'm guessing it was the publisher. He lied. The performance sucks. The narration is so bad, enjoyment of the story, which itself is marginal at best, gets lost. The narrator doesn't seem connected with, let alone interested in, what he's reading, and one could easily believe the recording presented us was his first perusal of the material -- his voice also sounds as though it had been run through a mechanical translator, all tinny and without emotional inflection. The characters are one-dimensional, and the progression of the tale is predictable and unimaginative. The whole thing lacks an essential sense of reality and flow which readers of good fiction expect. After hearing the entire book, I still didn't care about any of the people in it, or how things turned out for them, and that's rare for me. It was definitely a waste of my time. If you are interested in the subject matter, but prefer a really well-written, realistic story that's brilliantly performed by the talented Joe Barrett, portraying multi-dimensional characters with whom you can immediately identify and connect, along with intense, though entirely credible situations that can easily cause you to forget you're reading a work of fiction, I suggest "One Second After" by William R. Forstchen. I don't usually revisit audio books once I've heard them, but this one is an exception. Throughout the telling, I found myself laughing ... and crying ... and caring deeply about how things turned out for everyone involved. Additionally, the author brought to light significant areas in the realm of family preparedness that many readers had neglected to consider before listening, and considering its audience, that's saying something. "One Second After" rates 5-stars across the board.


    Was The Year When Stardust Fell worth the listening time?

    No.


    0 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Shifter's Coven: Alpha

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Marteeka Karland
    • Narrated By Renee Nausser
    Overall
    (105)
    Performance
    (90)
    Story
    (91)

    When Gennive witnesses a car crash, she rushes to help, and is more than a little surprised to find a lion cub in the damaged vehicle along with the driver. Wade Monroe is a telepath - and a shape-shifting wolf. The lion cub is his daughter, Sasha, who's shifted to her cat form out of fear. Gennive should walk away - fast - but something about the pair makes leaving the last thing she wants to do.

    Dandylion says: "Not bad thrice"
    "Shifter's Coven: Alpha by Marteeka Karland"
    Overall

    Giving this book a whole star seems overly generous. It's simply poorly written, trite, and entirely unbelievable in a flat, boring sort of way. The characters are one-dimensional and uninteresting. The situation she drops them into seems uneven, at best. And the story line lacks both creativity and any real commitment on the part of the author. It's devoid of passion and continuity. Even the erotica is pathetically puerile and unimaginative. This book offers nothing to motivate a reader to care about the characters or what happens to them. I'm not familiar with Marteeka Karland's other work, if there is any, but I won't be running out to pick up anything else she's written.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful

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