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  • A Table for Three: New York Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Lainey Reese
    • Narrated By Christian Fox
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (170)
    Performance
    (168)
    Story
    (168)

    Riley Ramirez knew that moving to New York would change her life. She just didn't expect it to start on her very first night in town. Her attraction to nightclub owner Kincade Marshall is instant, mind-blowing - and mutual. When she finds he is a dom who requires her complete surrender, even when it comes to submitting to his best friend, Trevor Wellington, she finds herself willing and eager to embrace the sexual adventure. From their earliest days, Cade and Trevor have shared everything, including women. Yet it only takes one night with Riley to know she is their forever lady.

    Leesa says: "So..."
    "A Table for Three"
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    I liked this story when I read it so when the audio was available at the awesome price of $2.99 whispersync deal I thought I would give it a try. There are few male narrators that can really pull of romance or erotica...Christian Fox did a great job....there were a couple of character voices he did that did not quite match what I had in my head while reading but he pulled of Cade and Trevor really well.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Forest Bull

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Terry Maggert
    • Narrated By Rebecca Cook
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (20)
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    (20)
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    (20)

    Three lovers who stalk and kill the immortals that drift through South Florida (tourists are a moveable feast, after all) are living a simple life of leisure- until one of them is nearly killed by a woman who is a new kind of lethal. When Ring Hardigan isn't making sandwiches for, and with, his two partners, Waleska and Risa (they're cool like that), he's got a busy schedule doing the dirty work of sending immortals to the ever after.

    crazybatcow says: "No bull here: well written urban fantasy"
    "The Forest Bull"
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    3.5 Stars - Audio provided by author for an honest review

    This one is not easy to review. Initially I did not care for the narration but the voice grew on me. I really liked the take on “immortals” and I thought the story was well told. I think what makes this difficult for me to review is while it was a well told story, it took me over two weeks to finish the audio. For me the story was a bit slow, it was not an “I’m on the edge of my seat waiting to see what happens” listen.. I really liked Risa and Wally….Ring had his moments but I did not really care for him as a character.

    So all in all not bad, but it will be a bit before I try the next book in the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Reason to Stay: Oak Hollow, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 26 mins)
    • By June Stevens, DJ Westerfield
    • Narrated By Meghan Kelly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    Ellie loves her hometown, job, and best friend Jake. But Jake is a ladies man that will never settle down. Ellie can't stand to see him with other women anymore, so she is packing up and leaving Oak Hollow and everything she loves to start over. A night of unexpected passion makes her start to think maybe things can work out between them, until she happens upon a secret Jake has been keeping for more than a year. Will their friendship be forever torn apart? Or will Ellie find a reason to stay?

    Terri B. says: "A Reason to Stay!"
    "A Reason to Stay"
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    Okay, so here are the technical details & Blurb
    Written by: June Stevens, DJ Westerfield
    Narrated by: Meghan Kelly
    Length: 1 hr and 26 mins
    Series: Oak Hollow, Book 1
    Format: Unabridged
    Release Date:06-13-14
    Publisher: DJ Westerfield

    Ellie loves her hometown, job, and best friend Jake. But Jake is a ladies man that will never settle down. Ellie can’t stand to see him with other women anymore, so she is packing up and leaving Oak Hollow and everything she loves to start over.

    A night of unexpected passion makes her start to think maybe things can work out between them, until she happens upon a secret Jake has been keeping for more than a year. Will their friendship be forever torn apart? Or will Ellie find A Reason to Stay
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    The rating on this one is hard for me, do I rate based on how the story was with narration or do I rate on the story itself…the hard part is, as an audio book the narration has a big impact on the telling of the story and while the narrator was not bad….there was something missing. I thought she did great with the actual dialogue, however on the narration between dialogue (not sure what to call it) it was almost to fast. I kept thinking take a breath and slow down. I think the other hard part for me was I did not feel the narrators connection to the story…..she did not become the characters for me. To me, the best audio books are the ones where the narrators really become the characters, they are not just reading you the story, they bring the story to life…..I’m not sure how else to explain it….but that is what was missing from the narration for me.

    The story itself, a friends to lovers, was very sweet. I think this is one that I would have enjoyed more reading instead of listening. My one complaint would be that they waited so long to actually talk to each other about feelings….but then I guess we would not have the story…anyways that is just one of my “pet peeves” in romance books, I usually just look at my kindle or car stereo and think (or in some cases talk out loud) “Dude, just freaking talk to each other and quite wasting time”.

    So, I think all in all a 3.5 that I’ll round up to 4 stars and would rate the story as written 4 Stars but the narration would be 3 stars

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Gamble

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Kristen Ashley
    • Narrated By Emma Taylor
    Overall
    (246)
    Performance
    (230)
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    (233)

    Nina Sheridan desperately needs a timeout vacation. With a fiancé who can't even remember how she takes her coffee, Nina wants some distance to rethink her engagement. Flying halfway around the world from England to a mountain town in Colorado should do the trick. But when she finds a gorgeous man at her rental cabin, Nina's cold, lonely adventure suddenly heats up.

    Yvette says: "PURE "HEART & SOUL" ROMANCE IN THE COLORADO MTS."
    "The Gamble ~ One of my favorite KA books"
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    The Gamble is one of my favorites, and after the narration on the Dream Man series I was kinda worried if the audio was going to be any good on this. As it turns out, they found someone who could pull off Nina's "slight" English accent and switch to non accented voices without a hitch....Max's voice seemed a bit awkward to me at first but in the end I was happy with it.

    I can't wait for Sweet Dreams, there is a roughly 45 min excerpt for Sweet Dreams at the end that just leaves you wanting more. Now we just need the Ghosts and Reincarnation series to be released in audio.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Storm Warrior: The Grim Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Dani Harper
    • Narrated By Justine Eyre
    Overall
    (163)
    Performance
    (141)
    Story
    (141)

    As a child, Morgan Edwards marveled at the faery tales spun by her beloved grandmother, stories of the magical beings hidden in the heart of ancient Wales. But now Morgan is all grown up, a veterinarian who believes only in what science can prove - until the night a massive black dog saves her from a vicious attack. Suddenly a stranger stands before her, the man of her dreams made flesh and blood, not by science, but by a magic that could bring them their hearts’ desires...or cost them everything they have.

    CAROLYN says: "A FAIRYTALE WITH A DIFFERENCE"
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    I think this would have made a much better short story, it just kind of limped along, after the intro with Morgan in Whales and spotting Rhys as the "Grimm" and then seeing him again when she returns home, the beginning was good and engaging but then it just kind of limps along...there was a bit of action with the slaying of a monster.....then Morgan being and idiot.....then a bit more with the introduction of Ranyon...more of Morgan being a closed minded idiot and more of same, and the only "big event" to happen was at the end.

    I know it sounds like I did not like it, I did enjoy it but I spent the entire time listening just waiting for something to happen. I think a lot of Morgan's disbelief and some of the "every day" type stuff could have been minimized and with a shorter story it would have flowed better.

    So I think I would actually give this 3.5 stars but not the kind of 1/2 that I would round up to four.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Divine Tarot: An Elder Races Collection

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Thea Harrison
    • Narrated By Sophie Eastlake
    Overall
    (144)
    Performance
    (133)
    Story
    (132)

    Alice Clark, a Wyr and schoolteacher, has had two friends murdered in as many days, and she's just found the body of a third. She arrives at the scene only minutes before Gideon Riehl, a wolf Wyr and current detective in the Wyr Division of Violent Crime - and, as Alice oh-so-inconveniently recognizes at first sight, her mate. But the sudden connection Riehl and Alice feel is complicated when the murders are linked to a serial killer who last struck seven years ago, killing seven people in seven days. They have just one night before the killer strikes again. And every sign points to Alice as the next victim.

    Candateshia Pafford says: "Can't go wrong with Elder Races!"
    "Love the Elder Races"
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    Really happy the novellas are finally starting to come out in audio.

    This collection is the first two novellas in the Elder Races series True Colors (Elder Races #3.5) and Natural Evil (Elder Races, #4.5)

    Both are good stories and the narration is excellent

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Touched by an Alien: Alien Novels Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Gini Koch
    • Narrated By Romy Nordlinger
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (38)
    Performance
    (35)
    Story
    (35)

    Marketing manager Katherine "Kitty" Katt steps into the middle of what appears to be a domestic dispute turned ugly. And it only gets uglier when the man turns into a winged monster, straight out of a grade-Z horror movie, and goes on a killing spree. Though Kitty should probably run away, she springs into action to take the monster down. In the middle of the chaos, a handsome hunk named Jeff Martini appears, sent by the "agency" to perform crowd control. He's Kitty's kind of guy, no matter what planet he's from. And from now on, for Kitty, things are going to be sexy, dangerous, wild, and out of this world.

    Betty says: "Fun stuff!"
    "Touched by an Alien"
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    I love this series...yes it is a bit silly and you have to suspend belief a lot but the humor and snark make it all worth while. The narrator was good and am keeping fingers crossed that the rest of the seires will soon follow in auido

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Protecting What's His: Line of Duty Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Tessa Bailey
    • Narrated By Alice Chapman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (40)
    Performance
    (36)
    Story
    (36)

    The opportunity was just too damn delicious for Ginger Peet to pass up. The purse full of money she finds - $50,000 to be exact - could give her and her teen sister the new start they need. So she grabs the cash, her gothy sibling, and their life-sized statue of Dolly Parton, and blows outta Nashville in a cloud of dust. Chicago, here we come...

    Diana DC says: "Good book, poor audio"
    "Protecting What's His"
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    I'm undecided on this book, I'm not sure if it was the story or the narration that has me undecided...

    Alice Chapman did a very good job in reading the story, maybe it was the southern accent...I am no expert but it seemed off....maybe harder when it should be softer....I used to work with a woman from Tennessee and I remember the drawl being a bit softer....

    While I did like this one, I had actually read the 3rd book first and enjoyed it more than this one. There was great chemistry with Derrick and Ginger and I really liked both characters, until the end where Ginger momentarily turned into the TSTL girl....if I could give 1/2 stars this would be a solid 3.5 star listen

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Seven Kinds of Hell: Fangborn, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Dana Cameron
    • Narrated By Kate Rudd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (107)
    Performance
    (98)
    Story
    (100)

    When archaeologist Zoe Miller’s cousin is abducted by a vicious Russian kidnapper, she must come to grips with a haunting secret. Unknown to even her closest friends, Zoe is not entirely human. She is a werewolf and a daughter of the "Fangborn", a hidden race of werewolves, vampires, and oracles. Zoe’s attempt to rescue her cousin leads her on a quest for artifacts - including Pandora’s Box, an object of world-ending power.

    Tracey says: "A beastly Lara-Croft-Lite series first"
    "Seven Kinds of Hell"
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    This was good, an interesting take on vampires and werewolves. I think what kept this from a solid 4 stars is that Zoe while likable bugged me a bit, I can't quite pinpoint if it was how she was written or how she sounded with the narration, this is not a complaint about the narration Kate Rudd did a wonderful job.

    I liked the mythology and archaeology in this one, I found this part of it very interesting. While this did not have a "cliffhanger" ending, it does leave a lot of unanswered questions and no book two available to answer those questions...which is a bit frustrating cause book 2 is not out until March....

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Under Fire

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Rita Henuber
    • Narrated By Gabra Zackman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (121)
    Performance
    (104)
    Story
    (99)

    Coast Guard helicopter pilot Olivia Carver is on a very personal mission. Her twin brother, an undercover officer, was murdered by a drug cartel, and she won't stop until she finds the man responsible for his death. In the course of her own investigation, Olivia meets informant Rico Cortes. He's mysterious and sexy, and despite her reservations, the two share a night of passion. But Rico turns out to be more than a one-night stand....

    Maria says: "Great Story"
    "Under Fire"
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    I really liked this one, did a re-read with the audio cause I realized I had the second book but could not quite remember everything from this one....and I had a feeling I was combining other book plots/stories to my recollections of this one.

    The narration was well done, lots of action, chemistry and a bit of suspense which makes for an excellent read...or listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Down to You: The Bad Boys, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By M. Leighton
    • Narrated By Kate Rudd, Benjamin L. Darcie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (710)
    Performance
    (650)
    Story
    (652)

    When college student Olivia Townsend returned home to help her father run his business, she never imagined a complication like Cash and Nash Davenport - twin brothers different in so many ways but with one thing in common: an uncontrollable desire for Olivia. Cash is dangerous, sexy, and bad to the bone - a man whose kisses make Olivia forget she is playing with fire. Nash is successful, reliable, and intensely passionate - and already taken. But all it takes is one soft stroke to make Olivia forget he belongs to someone else. However, Olivia is in for a surprise....

    Jordy says: "The Bad Boys with a twist...."
    "Down to you"
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    Down to You 2.5....not quite a 3 star read

    While the book irritated me a bit in the beginning, I think it was mostly the narration, individually both narrators were good and I am of the opinion if you are going to have two narrators let the girl narrate all the girls and the boy narrate all the boys....not back and forth on the POV's because then each character has two different voices....other than that "pet peeve" of mine the narration of the story was good.The story itself....I ended up figuring out the "twist" about a chapter or two before Olivia...so as far as a book being written well enough that you don't figure it out right away that was well done. Olivia as a character while I did not hate her...I did not like her a whole lot either. Cash & Nash...while appealing and certainly sexy...that was about all they had going for them for most of the book.I was entertained by the story, I don't feel the need to move on to book two as I am not that invested in the characters, but am happy with the HFN ending....

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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