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  • Kindred Hearts

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Rowan Speedwell
    • Narrated By Paul Morey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (91)
    Performance
    (85)
    Story
    (82)

    Charming rascal Tristan Northwood seems to have it all: an ancient name, a noble inheritance, and a lovely wife. Women love him, men admire him, and it seems there is nothing he can’t do, whether it’s seducing a society wife or winning a carriage race. Little does society suspect that the name means nothing to him, the fortune is in his father’s hands, and he has no interest in his wife except a very distant friendship. Society bores him, and he takes dares because he only feels alive when he’s dancing on the edge...until his wife’s brother comes home from the wars.

    Amazon Customer says: "Amazing writing and narration"
    "Pronunciation matters!"
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    Would you try another book from Rowan Speedwell and/or Paul Morey?

    Probably.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Rowan Speedwell? Why or why not?

    Perhaps-- depends on whether I'm interested in the topic or not.


    What three words best describe Paul Morey’s performance?

    god awful pronunciation


    Any additional comments?

    While in general, I like Paul Morey's voice & pacing, the pronunciation mistakes were so bad as to become ridiculous and distracting. Goethe, for instance, is not pronounced "go-eth." And having not one, but two characters supposedly fluent in German, actually making that fluency a part of the plot, means, probably, that they'd get that name correct.

    That said, the story was interesting, in a regency m/m romance sort of way. Predictable as anything, but nice brain candy.

    The performance, aside from the pronunciation errors, was enjoyable as well. Morey has a nice voice, calm and soothing. His character voices keep the story entertaining, and the characters are clearly distinguishable from one another and the narrative voice. Seriously, a little research could've made this performance much, much better. However, the place names, historical and literary names, French & German pronunciations.... all suck. If you don't mind that, go for it. It bugs the snot outta me, personally.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hidden: A Bone Secrets Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Kendra Elliot
    • Narrated By Kate Rudd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (610)
    Performance
    (542)
    Story
    (540)

    Eleven years ago, the Co-Ed Slayer murdered nine female college students on the Oregon State University campus. Lacey Campbell barely survived his attack, but he killed her best friend, Suzanne, whose body was never found. Now a forensic odontologist analyzing teeth and bones for the state medical examiner, Lacey is devastated when she identifies Suzanne’s remains at a crime scene. She finds comfort in the arms of ex-cop Jack Harper, and sparks fly between them.

    English Teach says: "Okay"
    "Good story, bad narration"
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    If you could sum up Hidden in three words, what would they be?

    Interesting, Crime, Romance


    What other book might you compare Hidden to and why?

    Some of Sharon Sala's mysteries


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    She has a flat, brash voice, no differentiation for character, and she mispronounced "Willamette" every time she said it. It rhymes with 'dammit,' not 'brunette.'


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

    Not especially... it was like watching a crime drama on TV: fun, interesting, complex, but not exactly life-altering.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Curse the Dawn: Cassandra Palmer, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Karen Chance
    • Narrated By Cynthia Holloway
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (350)
    Performance
    (177)
    Story
    (177)

    Cassandra Palmer may be the all-powerful Pythia now, but that doesn't mean people have stopped trying to kill her. Most of the supernatural power players don't want independent-minded Cassie as chief clairvoyant - and they'll stop at nothing to see her six feet under.

    Leanna says: "Finally"
    "Great story, Horrid pronunciation"
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    If you could sum up Curse the Dawn in three words, what would they be?

    Supernatural action romance


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Curse the Dawn?

    The lay line car chase was well written and fun.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Cynthia Holloway’s performances?

    Only if I REALLY wanted to know the story. Big tip: If a word is used frequently, learn how to pronounce it! "Malevolent" has only one "N" in it, sister, and it ain't in the beginning. As far as I know, "menevolent" isn't a word


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    I have no idea. This is a stupid question.


    Any additional comments?

    Yes, the story here is heavily reliant upon the other books in the series, so if you are a "Cassie Palmer" beginner, start at the beginning, and do the series right. You'll enjoy the trip much more. That said, the series only gets better (except, of course, for the performance, which continues to be badly pronounced). As far as the supernatural element goes, just go with it-- suspension of disbelief is a happy thing, and this series/book will go anywhere it damn well pleases. Ghosts? Check. Vampires? Check. Fey? Check. Pissed off ancient Greek gods? Double check. If you haven't heard of a weird creature, don't worry-- Cassie/Karen Chance is very nice about explaining everything and its relationship to the other things.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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