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  • Influential Magic: Crescent City Fae, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Deanna Chase
    • Narrated By Gabra Zackman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (64)
    Performance
    (58)
    Story
    (57)

    It's tough being a faery in New Orleans, a city fraught with vampires...especially when their very existence drains your life force. Willow Rhoswen, owner of The Fated Cupcake and part-time vampire hunter for the Void is having a rough week. Four years after her twin brother's mysterious death, Willow's life is threatened and the director saddles her with a new partner-her ex-boyfriend, David. To her horror, he's turned vamp, which causes her physical pain whenever she touches him

    JLR says: "Loved It!!"
    "Character descisions make no sense"
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    What would have made Influential Magic better?

    Writing characters that are believable. If I was doing magical research and someone hired me because of that, why would I also need a job at finding vampires? If my life was being threatened I would head for a safe house, not run out on a mission to figure out who was using my magical donuts to do evil. If an ex shows up and someone partners me up with them, I am going to need something other then "they are a double agent" to convince me it's ok. If i hate vampires and they slowly drain my life force, I am not going to risk my life just because i am told to without a back story of why I must. If a master vampire calls my body guard son, i think i would figure out thats the guys maker. I think it's also not believable that I would accept a "we will talk about it latter" response and drop it never to be mentioned again untill the great reveal. If someone almost killed my dog I would not instantly forgive them. If someone I did not trust was helping me find info I would ask basic questions like where are we going and why. If someone tries to attack me and starts to reveal some kind of secret but gets cut off for whatever reason, I would notice. The writer forces the story line foward using flawed character logic.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    In the first few chapters the narrator was having a hard time transitioning from female character to the monotone used to give information. It's ok now and then but it should never happen in the begining while a listener is getting to know characters. Audio samples tend to come from this part of the book so it's vitally important to get it right.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Rise of Renegade X: Renegade X, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Chelsea M. Campbell
    • Narrated By Phillip Russell Newman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (52)
    Performance
    (48)
    Story
    (48)

    Sixteen-year-old Damien Locke has a plan: major in messing with people at the local supervillain university and become a professional evil genius, just like his supervillain mom. But when he discovers the shameful secret she's been hiding all these years, that the one-night stand that spawned him was actually with a superhero, everything gets messed up. His father's too moral for his own good, so when he finds out Damien exists, he actually wants him to come live with him and his goody-goody superhero family.

    Derrick Boger says: "can't get enough"
    "Narrator is really bad."
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    I kept having a hard time understanding what the narrator was saying. He was talking too fast and i started getting a headache. Even at 50% speed i kept missing something. Maybe i am going deaf or the compression removed something but I could not figure out a way to make it ok. 10 minutes in the narrator switched to a female voice that was so bad the I turned it off. His voice for Damien's mother sounded like a 15 year old boy doing an impression of a transvestite who wears a cowboy hat in the most insulting way possible. It was REALLY bad! Chelsea Campbell or her publisher needs to fire whoever decided to cast this guy and re-record it.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Black Blade Blues

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By J.A. Pitts
    • Narrated By Erin Bennett
    Overall
    (133)
    Performance
    (122)
    Story
    (122)

    Sarah Beauhall has more on her plate than most 20-somethings: day job as a blacksmith, night job as a props manager for low-budget movies, and her free time is spent fighting in a medieval re-enactment group. The lead actor breaks Sarah's favorite one-of-a-kind sword, and to avoid reshooting scenes, Sarah agrees to repair the blade. One of the extras, who claims to be a dwarf, offers to help. And that's when things start to get weird.

    Rog42 says: "Great contemporary fantasy"
    "Reminds me of Night Huntress"
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    I loved the book, 2nd one was ok but I think the 3rd is the best so far. The writing style reminds me of the "Night Huntress" series written by Jeaniene Frost but with girl on girl action.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Seize the Soul: Confessions of a Summoner

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By William Stadler
    • Narrated By Mandy Nelson
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    Rebekah Scarlet is celebrating her 23rd birthday at a midnight pub in downtown Raleigh when fired gunshots send the freezing January night into a blazing panic. In an effort to escape, Rebekah conjures a powerful entity from the dead to protect her. Only, her summoning fails when bullets tear through her side, leaving her unconscious as cops and ambulances race to the scene.

    Rebecca Brown says: "Painful ;("
    "Logic Problems"
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    (some spoilers kinda)
    It's hard to explain what is wrong with the book. The writing is on the good side, the narrator is decent and i liked the story. It's just a problem with leaps of logic and illogical character behavior. The main character was being blackmailed to do something but the leverage was worthless, yet supporting characters were saying she could nto get out of it. yea right (sarcasim). After saying yes with a signed contract the good guys follow someone to try to get out of it and all the sudden the agreement meant nothing and again they have to agree without any logical reason and again they do. After that the characters set up some kinda of trap and a bad guy who is a known assasin all the sudden becomes a good guy and has never killed anyone. The book contradicted it's self. After the bad guy is transformed into good guy the main character jumps to all kinds of conclusions and now we know the reason why all this is happening. Totally unbelievable. I didn't like some of the alternate terminology like the words for magic and upernaturals. Every time the narrator said any of these I spent a second or 2 trying to reassociate them with the actual meaning. The mental stop and start messed with my ability to follow the storyline so I had very little immersion while listening. The last thing I want to mention is this really weird speed thing going on in chapter 20. In a few places the narrator started speaking so much slower that i thought i had accidentally changed the speed setting. After that i turned the book off. I would not recommend this book either in text or audio format.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Cameron's Law: The Adelheid Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Mia Darien
    • Narrated By Erica L. Risberg
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    Cameron's Law has made all supernatural creatures legal citizens, and the boy next door has suddenly become the werewolf next door. With Sadie Stanton, vampire and one of the public faces of the legislation, calling the little town of Adelheid, Connecticut, home, it can't help but be a focal point for these once-mythical beings. But when vampires start attacking werewolves without provocation, Adelheid draws the attention of those that would seek to have Cameron's Law repealed and would send the preternaturals back into the shadows they used to hide in, but without the safety of their anonymity and their law.

    Amazon Customer says: "great."
    "Narration too fast, Book too short"
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    The Good: writing

    I loved the writing but I do take issue with the "Novel" label being used. To be frank, it isn't a novel. It's far too short. At 175 pages with 300 words per you get around 52K words. With the speed talking that gives us less then 4 hours of audio. Modern novels are 6-12 hours long with the typical being 8 hours at 100k+ words. Yes a novel if your being super generous can qualify at 40-60k words but it's not just that. The writing style is that of a short story that has been expanded to hit the magic novel word count.

    The Bad: Audio

    The narration is terrible. I liked her voice but voice acting is a talent, It's not something just anyone can do. Several times i could not figure out who was who because Erica did not fully seperate the first character from the next. One time it happened mid sentance. I cannot believe no one caught that. I also don't think she has the skill to do male voices. I listened to some other stuff Erica Risberg has done via samples here on audible and they are all just as bad.

    The audio editing is terrible. In several places it's super obvious that the sound clips were recorded at different times because you could hear a difference in the background hiss. Audio volume was off too. One scene starts with Sadie thinking / explaining something. We hear mono tone and low volumn. Thats good. Then she starts talking to someone. It's active dialog so the audio volume increases and we start to hear emotion. Also perfect but then another character responds to what she said and the recorded volumn goes up again. What??? It makes no sense. For a while there i thought i had confused who was who again before i realized the louder voice was a bad audio splice.

    The last thing I would like to mention, the audio speed. I felt like I was listening to a speed reading contest. My guess is someone was trying to save money everywhere and the final attempt at maximizing profit was forcing the book to fit onto 3 CD's. When ya go cheap on the voice actor (can't seperate voices), the recording studio (background noise), the sound editing (misaligned audio volume) combined with penny-pinching on the CD's, you end up wasting your time. Self publishing isn't for everyone.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Soul for Trouble: The Soulbearer Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Crista McHugh
    • Narrated By Gabra Zackman
    Overall
    (16)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (15)

    Arden Lesstymine (known to everyone as Trouble) likes attention as much as the next girl, but this is getting ridiculous. When an insane stranger is murdered at the inn where she works, Trouble becomes the next Soulbearer for the disembodied god of chaos, Loku. Yes, it comes with the ability to channel the god's limitless power, but at the cost of her sanity - literally.

    sherry Christenson says: "Love this book"
    "It blows so don't bother."
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    Writing is terrible, immature and lacking of character development inside a story with pacing issues. It's also graphic in a few places for nothing other then shock value. The rape/suffocation scene early should have been a red flag but I ignored it thinking i was being too judgemental. An hour and a half in the 8 hour book i could not take it and turned it off.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Return of the Asgard: The Valkyrie Chronicles, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Erik Schubach
    • Narrated By Hollie Jackson
    Overall
    (145)
    Performance
    (137)
    Story
    (139)

    The Valkyrie Kara stood alone against the Ragnarok horde on Earth to ensure that the Asgard race and Valhalla could escape. For 5,000 years she has fought and evaded the Ragnarok race on Earth, just waiting for her people to return. A human woman, Kate, joins her fight, showing as much conviction and valor as any Valkyrie. Their friendship quickly becomes something more as they hold the line on Earth in battle, to herald the return of the Asgard.

    A. Sunmonu says: "great new series"
    "Feels rushed"
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    Characters seem far too willing to accept world changing revelations to the point that i could not get into it. I think there is going to be some girl on girl romance which would be hot except it's far too forced and juvenile. Something is wrong with the writing. Maybe it was cut too much or that the idea balls (southpark look it up) didn't line up right either way the book comes off as superficial and rushed.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Software: Ware, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Rudy Rucker
    • Narrated By Chris Sorensen
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    It was Cobb Anderson who built the "boppers" - the first robots with real brains. Now, in 2020, Cobb is just another aged "pheezer" with a bad heart, drinking and grooving on the old tunes in Florida retirement hell. His "bops" have come a long way, though, rebelling against their subjugation to set up their own society on the moon. And now they're offering creator Cobb immortality but at a stiff price: his body his soul... and his world.

    Amazon Customer says: "45 min in and 4 different perspectives not for me."
    "45 min in and 4 different perspectives not for me."
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    I am not a fan of books with so many different points of view. The book also had an outdated feel to it that i can't really explain other then to say it's there.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Made for You

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Melissa Marr
    • Narrated By Shannon McManus, MacLeod Andrews, Samantha Quan
    Overall
    (22)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (22)

    When Eva Tilling wakes up in the hospital, she's confused - who in her sleepy little North Carolina town could have hit her with their car? And why? It seems impossible that anyone would have it out for the town darling. Thanks to her family's distinguished history and her own unassailable reputation in old-money Jessup, Eva is universally liked. But she has little time to consider the question when she finds that she's awoken with a strange new skill: the ability to foresee people's deaths when they touch her.

    Amazon Customer says: "Annoying God Obsession"
    "Annoying God Obsession"
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    Book has in addition to the girl a very annoying "boyfriend" that spouts huge amounts of religious nonsense. 42 minutes in I turned it off.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Marked: House of Night Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By P. C. Cast, Kristin Cast
    • Narrated By Edwina Wren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1547)
    Performance
    (897)
    Story
    (907)

    Sixteen-year-old Zoey Redbird has just been Marked as a fledgling vampire and joins the House of Night, a school where she will train to become an adult vampire. That is, if she makes it through the Change - and not all of those who are Marked do. It sucks to begin a new life, especially away from her friends, and on top of that, Zoey is no ordinary fledgling. She has been chosen as special by the vampire Goddess Nyx.

    Tizroc says: "Warning, *Young adult*"
    "Don't fool yourself, it's a Teen Romance."
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    If you do a search for sci-fi and fantasy this novel is listed. The first book is great. It's got magic, self discovery, enemies and their plots to discover. It's everything you expect, at first that is. The further and further you get into the series more it becomes about the latest love interest and gossip. I hate it that it had so much potential. Someone didn't catagorize these books right. These books are the kind where the main character seems to date everyone but seems to always experience the "I can't be with them because __FILL_IN_THE_BLANK__". I made it all the way to the 5th book hoping the romance would go away but it just got worse. I liked the narrators, all 3 of them LOL. The first narrator kept doing this weird sound that was supposed to be a cat talking or something but to me it seemed like the cat was saying "nympho" all the time. Maybe it was on purpose, not sure but it annoyed me. The second narrator made me think someone went from an immature 20 year old to a girl of 15. It was a little jaring.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Vampire Shift: Kiera Hudson Series, Book One

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Tim O'Rourke
    • Narrated By Keely Beresford
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (13)

    When 20-year-old police recruit Kiera Hudson is posted to the remote town of The Ragged Cove, her life is changed forever. Investigating a series of horrific murders, grave desecrations, and missing persons, with her unique ability of "seeing", Kiera soon realizes her life is in danger. But when Kiera falls in love with police officer Luke Bishop, not only is her mind and her heart opened to a terrifying new world, she comes to suspect that Luke might be involved in the killings.

    Rachael says: "I think they forgot to edit chapter 20!"
    "Started out creapy but i lost interest"
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    I loved the unknown, the coldness, the creepyness of the first 3 hours. Out of no where without any build up the romance ensues. It's taking forever to get to through this book. I am a little more then 1/2 way and only like 2 things have happened. It feels drawn out. It's like someone got a 12 hour book and split it. When not scaring you your falling asleep.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful

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