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Celia

Celia

Moreno Valley, CA United States | Member Since 2007

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  • Force of the Dark Wolf: Force of Nature Series, Volume 2

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Kathi S. Barton
    • Narrated By Liona Gem
    Overall
    (36)
    Performance
    (34)
    Story
    (33)

    Gordon Force only had two weeks to go on his job. He was going to be working with his brother Dallas in keeping their alpha safe. But he had a favor to fulfill, a shop to visit and only a question or two to ask. He never expected four kids, two goofy aunts and his mate to walk into his life. Alexis Dark was hiding. Her brother-in-law was a real piece of work and she knew he'd killed his wife, her sister. But no one wanted to believe that he had done it.

    Celia says: "Better narration and editing than in first book."
    "Better narration and editing than in first book."
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    What did you love best about Force of the Dark Wolf?

    I liked the family feel of this book, and of this series. There is, to me, an unlikely amount of sex, or really, more like schmex! It's not disgusting, nor a huge downside, just a lot, and my personal preference is a bit less on the physical and more development of the why and wherefore of attraction.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I like the strong female characters portrayed in this series. I Do Not like the spanking kink that is infrequently referred to.


    What about Liona Gem’s performance did you like?

    Liona Gem, in this second book, has smoothed out the rough edges of her delivery. Additionally, the music between chapters is gone! Maybe producers actually listened to feedback!!!


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    An easy book to listen to in one sitting, but that mostly because it was so short. This author has good character development, the narrator has a pleasant voice and does fairly well with distinguishing various people with different voices.


    Any additional comments?

    This audiobook should be less expensive than the $13.96 it's currently listed for. Usually books 5 to 6 hours in length cost less. This is a good book, a nice series, but not fantastic.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • My Lady Notorious: Malloren Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Jo Beverley
    • Narrated By Alison Larkin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (82)
    Performance
    (75)
    Story
    (75)

    Desperate to help her widowed sister and baby escape a deadly pursuer, Lady Chastity Ware dresses as a highwayman and captures the first coach to travel down the road. Coming face-to-face with its occupant, the arrogant aristocrat Cyn Malloren, she orders him to drive her to a remote cottage. Little does Chastity realize that after long months of recovering from his war wounds, the handsome Cyn is looking for adventure, and being abducted by a cocky highwayman - obviously a lovely woman in disguise - is even more than he had hoped for.

    Stephen says: "At Last!"
    "Please get the ALL in the Malloren Series!!!"
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    What made the experience of listening to My Lady Notorious the most enjoyable?

    I read the series when it first came out. It is Frustrating not to have the entire series available.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Good character development in all, and excellent set up for The Entire Series!


    Have you listened to any of Alison Larkin’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    It's well done.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The entire book was well paced and kept me kept me involved.


    Any additional comments?

    GET THE COMPLETE SERIES!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Force of Nature: Force of Nature, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Kathi S. Barton
    • Narrated By Liona Gem
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (71)
    Performance
    (66)
    Story
    (68)

    CJ's father, Charles Webber, had been a real bastard all her life. And when her mom died he'd told her that without Becky there to make him acknowledge CJ as his daughter, he was finished with her and she was never to darken his door again. The slap that bloodied her mouth at her mom's funeral had been more than enough to make his point. So she didn't, not even to come home to his funeral. Austin Force wanted the property that the prick Webber owned. He wanted it for his pack and the house for his mom to call hers.

    Amazon Customer says: "Good Book"
    "Decent story & narrator"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Force of Nature to be better than the print version?

    Maybe, it depends on how critical one is. There is music between the chapters. Nice guitar music, and not long, but slightly annoying.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Force of Nature?

    I like the packs Mom, and the "hero" character seriously lacks clues. Makes for some funny.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Liona Gem?

    yes


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

    Laughs


    Any additional comments?

    The narrator needs a little polish, and Please! No Music in between chapters, however brief!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Shadow Spell: Book Two of The Cousins O'Dwyer Trilogy

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Alan Smyth
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (713)
    Performance
    (670)
    Story
    (663)

    With the legends and lore of Ireland running through his blood, falconer Connor O’Dwyer is proud to call County Mayo home. It’s where his sister, Branna, lives and works, where his cousin, Iona, has found true love, and where his childhood friends form a circle that can’t be broken. A circle that is about to be stretched out of shape - by a long-awaited kiss. Meara Quinn is Branna’s best friend, a sister in all but blood. Her and Connor’s paths cross almost daily, as Connor takes tourists on hawk walks and Meara guides them on horseback across the lush countryside.

    Margaret-Ann says: "Narration is terrible"
    "Incredibly Disappointing Narration!"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I would change the Narrator. The narrator of the first book in this trilogy should have been used for all three books. Roberts "Sign of Seven" trilogy was ruined by using different narrators for each book (w bad narration for at least one book), and it has happened again on this series. What a Waste! Her "Circle" trilogy, read by Dick Hill, was great, but would have been trashed by an inept narrator.


    What was most disappointing about Nora Roberts’s story?

    The narration. It was made to sound like a '70s movie cartoon. Images of cartoon like characters kept popping into my head, replacing the actual people in the story. Unpleasant and distracting,


    How could the performance have been better?

    The performance would have been better if the people in charge of such things had bothered to care about what they were producing. The narrator of the first book should have been contracted for the full trilogy.


    Did Shadow Spell inspire you to do anything?

    One could not tell by the sample audio that it would be so bad. I don't know how I could have avoided purchase.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Elizabeth's Wolf

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Lora Leigh
    • Narrated By Maxine Mitchell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (111)
    Performance
    (110)
    Story
    (110)

    She brought him back from death and made him live again. Dash thought himself alone, a soldier, a fighting machine and no more. Elizabeth made him realize he was a man. Danger surrounds the woman his soul marked as his mate, death and blood and a treachery that goes beyond even his worst nightmares. But he will protect her and what she claims as her own. He was created to kill, trained to do it efficiently, and only a man bound to her, heart and soul, will have the strength to save Elizabeth and her prized possession.

    Celia says: "Finally, a Good Wolf Story!"
    "Finally, a Good Wolf Story!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Elizabeth's Wolf the most enjoyable?

    It actually had a plot instead of just the back and forth sexual angst of the first 3 Wolf books. I don't know when she wrote the Wolf series but it seems as though the 1st, Wolfs' Hope, was the first book she'd ever written. Then, #2, Jacobs' Faith, was better but not quite good, and, at last, Aidens' Charity started showing promise. I'd read the Feline series and they were decent so I kept at it with the Wolf Breeds and Elizabeths' Wolf finally paid off, connecting some story lines from the Feline books. It was very frustrating to listen to the previous Wolf books because I knew she was a better writer, but the Story of the people involved just wasn't there!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Elizabeth's Wolf?

    I liked the beginning~ it pulls one into the story and introduces the main characters in a way that makes one want to know More!


    What does Maxine Mitchell bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    She's not one of the Great narrators. I found her annoying at the beginning of the series but have since gotten used to her. She does a good job with male voices, and differentiation of characters, so that's a plus.


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

    I both laughed and cried. Moderately.


    Any additional comments?

    I prefer the Feline Breeds, so far, but the general gene manipulation concept leads to interesting stories. I do not care for the dominant/submissive thread that pops up, but the author deals with it in a way that still makes the female characters actually non submissive, and strong in their own right.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Bombshell: An FBI Thriller, Book 17

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Catherine Coulter
    • Narrated By Renee Raudman, Paul Costanzo
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (288)
    Performance
    (246)
    Story
    (242)

    FBI Special Agent Griffin Hammersmith, last seen in Backfire, has been recruited by Dillon Savich to join his unit in Washington, D.C. Savich sees something special in Hammersmith, an almost preternatural instinct for tracking criminals. While on his way to D.C., Hammersmith plans to visit his sister, Delsey, a student at Stanislaus School of Music in Maestro, Virginia. Before he arrives, he gets a phone call that Delsey has been found naked and unconscious, lying in a pool of blood, after a wild party. The blood isn’t hers - so to whom does it belong? Griffin must protect Delsey, but from whom?

    Susan says: "Typical Catherine Coulter"
    "Way better than reviews suggested"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. Contrary to all the reviews posted I found the narration to be more than acceptable and the story typical of the previous books in this series, which I have found entertaining and enjoyable.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Maybe at times a bit of a nail biter, but not throughout the entire story. I like trying to figure out the dynamics, and the fast paced action is a bonus.


    Which character – as performed by Renee Raudman and Paul Costanzo – was your favorite?

    I think this narration duo did a great job with all characterizations.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    I don't understand all the negative reviews. Because of those reviews I hesitated getting this audiobook. I find that annoying and I'll be more cautious in future about relying on reviews.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Redoubt: Collegium Chronicles, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Mercedes Lackey
    • Narrated By Nick Podehl
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (183)
    Performance
    (165)
    Story
    (168)

    Mags, a young Herald trainee in Haven, the capital city of the kingdom of Valdemar, has talents not commonly found in Herald trainees.

    Recognizing this, the King's Own Herald decides to train Mags as a spy in order to uncover the secrets of a mysterious new enemy who has taken an interest in Mags himself. Why is the even deeper mystery. The answers can only be found in the most unexpected corners of Mags' past...assuming he can live long enough to find them.

    Christine says: "Great story, wonderful author"
    "Disappointing"
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    What did you like best about Redoubt? What did you like least?

    I liked returning to the characters so well established in the earlier books in this series, though reference to them was way too chatty. Action, and the furthering of plot did not develop until the last one third of the book, so in all that last part felt like a set up for the next book in the series.


    Would you recommend Redoubt to your friends? Why or why not?

    I would not recommend. I felt ripped off by the inconsequential, rather infantile chatter that fills the first two thirds of the book, then the cheap device of interesting action toward the end to suck the reader into the next book.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Yes.


    Did Redoubt inspire you to do anything?

    Redoubt has inspired me to be much more wary in my selections. I very much resent being sucked into a book that Should have been good, but was cheapened to sell the next book in line.


    Any additional comments?

    I truly hope this is an editing and publishing difficulty and not due to a sell out by Mercedes. I've enjoyed her books since she first began writing and I hope she will maintain the integrity and honesty she has evoked in her previous books,

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Trading in Danger: Vatta's War, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Moon
    • Narrated By Cynthia Holloway
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (672)
    Performance
    (359)
    Story
    (365)

    The first of the acclaimed Vatta's War books, the exciting military science fiction series that features a swashbuckling spaceship-captain heroine who mixes commerce with combat.

    L'Aura says: "Highly Recommend"
    "SHOULD'VE BEEN BETTER"
    Overall

    Great book, poor narrator. It's very disappointing!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • To Distraction

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs)
    • By Stephanie Laurens
    • Narrated By Jill Tanner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (154)
    Performance
    (82)
    Story
    (84)

    The distinguished veterans of the Bastion Club represent England's finest eligible bachelors. Among them is Deverell, a strapping man about to meet his match in the alluring Phoebe Malleson.

    Celia says: "GREAT!!!"
    "GREAT!!!"
    Overall

    I really enjoyed this Audio Book. I'm a Laurens fan, have been for years, but I would not recommend for that reason only. The characters were well fleshed out, with depth, and there's an interesting story line. I've read or listened to all of the Bastion Club series; this was one of the best. The last two are out now. I sincerely hope Audible makes them available, in UNABRIDGED format! Laurens books (& many others) are not worth the listen/read in Abridged format. It makes them just a string of empty sex with barely enough story line to hold it together. NOT what most women want or like. Distasteful!

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Best Laid Plans

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Gia St. Claire
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (91)
    Performance
    (34)
    Story
    (34)

    She was the sexiest thing in a hard hat that architect Cody Johnson had ever seen, but structural engineer Abra Wilson also had a will as strong as a steel girder - and just about as flexible. But Cody had plans for Abra that not even this spirited beauty could resist....

    Celia says: "BEST LAID PLANS"
    "BEST LAID PLANS"
    Overall

    This book is like something N.R. wrote in the 1980's. The narrator has a voice that belongs in cartoons. A disappointment.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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