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Blee Medel

Member Since 2009

  • 12 reviews
  • 276 ratings
  • 0 titles in library
  • 2 purchased in 2015

  • Shades of Twilight

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Linda Howard
    • Narrated By Natalie Ross
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Shades of Twilight is the story of Roanna Davenport, who grows up in a wealthy southern family but never quite fits in. She isn't pretty or popular, and she has a real talent for saying the wrong thing at precisely the wrong moment. She's in love with a distant cousin, Webb Tallant. But Webb marries their cousin Jessie, the bane of Roanna's life. When Jessie is found murdered, Webb is blamed for her death, even though there isn't enough evidence to charge him.

    Erin says: "It's about time!"
    "Excellent Narration"

    This is not my favorite Howard book by a long shot but Natalie Ross does an excellent job with the narration. I rate audio books on the narration not the story. Narration makes or breaks an audio book no matter how good (or bad) the story. Natalie Ross has been spot on in everything I've heard her do and it's a relief to be able to rely on her!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Angelina's Bachelors: A Novel, with Food

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Brian O'Reilly
    • Narrated By Xe Sands

    Far too young to be a widow, Angelina D’Angelo suddenly finds herself facing a life without her beloved husband, Frank. Late one night shortly after the funeral, she makes her way down to the kitchen and pours all of her grief and anger into the only outlet she has left - her passion for cooking.

    Blee Medel says: "A Mouthwatering Comfort Listen"
    "A Mouthwatering Comfort Listen"
    What did you love best about Angelina's Bachelors?

    Vocally, we experience every emotion Angelina experiences - warmth and love, a wrenching grief, sadness mixed with determination that turns to hope, and then delight as she builds a very different but once again happy life for herself. This takes place over time with the help of family, friends and Food.I loved the descriptions of the recipes, the memories of family they brought to Angelina and/or the reasons why she would create a new recipe. The details about the cooking and the meals plus the reactions of those who ate them let me live vicariously and it's a good thing or I would have gained ten pounds just listening! If you've ever watched the Food Network and been intrigued by all the small things that make a great dish then Angelina's Bachelors is a must listen for the food alone.

    What was one of the most memorable moments of Angelina's Bachelors?

    I don't know about an exact moment but from the point where Angelina uses her amazing cooking abilities as therapy and then the book moves forward as she also uses those abilities to make ends meet, while filling a spot in several different men's lives I was hooked and couldn't stop listening. It was an added bonus that Angelina's Bachelors moves at a fast pace with something new around every corner as the cast of characters builds and then grows together with each artfully created and mouth watering meal.

    Have you listened to any of Xe Sands???s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes, and she is in top form with Angelina's Bachelors. She gives each character throughout the book a beautifully defined voice, which is impressive considering the fact that there are multiple main characters, each with a vivid personality that shows through when they speak. I particularly enjoyed hearing the Italian accents prevalent throughout the story.

    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I cried, I laughed, I fell in love with the characters and probably felt every emotion in between. It's a feel good story by the end which is why it will be an enjoyable comfort listen for me.

    Any additional comments?

    An engrossing, wonderfully written, book brought vibrantly alive with Xe Sands' excellent narration. What more could you want from an audiobook? Loved it!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Ravished

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Amanda Quick
    • Narrated By Anne Flosnik
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    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"
    "Finally the Narrator Gets It Right"

    Finally Anne Flosnick catches the right tone with Amanda Quick's Ravished! She was, at last, able to get the hero's proper attitude down! Yes haughty and cold (for good reason) but totally besotted and indulgent with the heroine from the very beginning, just as all of Quick's heroes are!

    Quick has long been a favorite author for me so to see her earlier books coming out on audio was exciting. To hate Flosnick's interruption of the heroes personalities until Ravished was very disappointing. I haven't listened to the other two in the "R" series as I'm afraid of wasting more credits as I did with the three "S" series of books.

    To say I was totally underwhelmed by Flosnick's narration of the three "S" series of books is an understatement. Flosnick ruined them for me with her harsh/cruel interpretation of the heroes. Quick has never written that type of a hero! They may be firm and try to remain cold in trying to come to grips with the feisty heroines but they are always besotted and indulgent right from the start. If I can't "hear" that classic Quick hero then the books are not worth listening to.

    For me Ravished was finally narrated properly and I thoroughly enjoyed the listen.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Wizard

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Jayne Ann Krentz
    • Narrated By Ashley Adlon

    Intellectual Sophia Bennett knew what kind of man she wanted: a rugged cowboy. And in Texas they were everywhere! So why couldn't she take her eyes off brilliant professor Max Travers? He was a Wizard in mathematics who surely made love by the numbers. Yet every inch of him - no Stetson, no dusty boots - added up to dangerously sexy.

    Judy says: "Could she be more annoying?"
    "Overly Dramatic Narration Ruins This One"

    I sure will be happy when Audible lets you rate both the book and the narration separately. What ruined this book was the nauseating over emphasis put on every single word from the narrators mouth. Plus Ashley Aldon and her producer got the whole tone of the book wrong! I've read the book many times and the heroine was not a smart mouthed *itch and the hero was not a quiet nerd! But that is what we get with this narration. Instead of the two very confident people finding common ground that were written in the book. A classic JAK from 1985 trashed by the narration/production. Two stars, only in nod to JAK.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Dark Lover: The Black Dagger Brotherhood, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By J.R. Ward
    • Narrated By Jim Frangione

    The vampire Darius fears for the life of his half-breed daughter, who is unaware of her unusual destiny. To oversee her transformation, Darius seeks help from Wrath, a dangerous loner and the world's only purebred vampire.

    Tracy says: "Amazing start to this awesome series!"
    "Are You Kidding Me??"

    This book, which is great in it's own right and was such a fabulous read, has the WORST narration I've ever heard for the characters. Anyone who has read these books knows that they are intense, hot and action packed! The narration makes the Brothers sound like a bunch of old dull men and you can hardly tell the difference between the male and female voices. There is no steam at all, just a boring reading of the story. I've belonged to audible for several years now and have over 200 books from them and this is the first time I've ever wished I could get a refund for such an awful disappointment in a book!

    14 of 23 people found this review helpful
  • Heartbreaker

    • ABRIDGED (4 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Julie Garwood
    • Narrated By Jan Maxwell

    In the still shadows of the confessional, the penitent kneels and makes a bone-chilling disclosure: "Bless me father, for I will sin..." Tauntingly, the man describes his murderous past - how he stalked his victim, worked his way into her life, and then took that life in a violent rage - and his plan to kill again. Only this time, he reveals the name of his next intended victim. "I'm a heartbreaker. And I do so love a challenge..."

    Blee Medel says: "Boring Narration ruined a good book"
    "Boring Narration ruined a good book"

    This was a great book to read, unfortunately the narrator made it so slow and boring that I could not finish listening to it on audio.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Raintree: Haunted

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Linda Winstead Jones
    • Narrated By Theo McKell, Stefan Rudnicki
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Gideon Raintree, a homicide detective, can harness electricity and talk to ghosts. He will need to wield gifts he's kept hidden to solve his newest case, a relentless serial killer unleashed by the dark Ansara wizards. But first he must deal with his reaction to Hope Malory, his alluring new partner. He'd never planned on love in the midst of battle.

    Maryfrances says: "Good sequel"
    "Best In The Trilogy"

    I thought this was the best book in this trilogy and that's saying something with Linda Howard doing the lead off story. The narration was great, I always enjoy it when they give a male and female narrator for the parts.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Mercenary

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Cherry Adair
    • Narrated By Zoe Winslow
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Victoria Jones was a lousy liar. Not that the sensible bookkeeper was accustomed to lying - or anything else that would have disrupted her safe, dull existence. But her world took a terrifying turn when her twin brother, Alex, an agent for T-FLAC, the elite antiterrorist task force, went missing.

    Kelley says: "Redundantly Blond"
    "Narrator Ruined This Book For Me"

    I had read this book years ago when it first came out and thought it excellent. I was excited to see it offered on audio. But in this audio version the narrator turned the somewhat shy quiet heroine with a personality from the book into a big pitiful wimp in the audio version!! Very disappointed! So disappointed I could not even finish listening to the book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Naughty Neighbor

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs)
    • By Janet Evanovich
    • Narrated By C. J. Critt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Louisa Brannigan is a no-nonsense, hardworking press secretary, fighting her way to the top of Capitol Hill, with no help from her annoying neighbor, Pete Streeter. He receives phone calls all night long, he steals her morning paper, he thinks jeans are formal wear, and worst of all he's involved Louisa in the disappearance of a pig.

    sharon says: "don't waste a credit!!!"
    "Fast Paced and Funny"

    Made me remember why I liked Janet Evanovich's early books so much! She was unique for the time period and the books hold up well.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Thirteenth Tale: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Diane Setterfield
    • Narrated By Bianca Amato, Jill Tanner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    All children mythologize their birth... So begins the prologue of reclusive author Vida Winter's beloved collection of stories, long famous for the mystery of the missing thirteenth tale. The enigmatic Winter has always kept her violent and tragic past a secret. Now old and ailing, she summons a biographer to tell the truth about her extraordinary life: Margaret Lea, a young woman for whom the secret of her own birth remains an ever-present pain.

    PA Law says: "Haunting and beautiful tale"
    "Draws You In And Doesn't Let Go"

    This book does just what the my review title says! Any true book lover will be drawn from the opening pages. The two narrators do a fabulous job. This book still swirls through my memory months after listening to it. I recommend it highly!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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