Don't know - didn't read the print version, but my assumption is that whenever one gets to listen to Adam Paul's sultry all-male voice, especially during the story's intimate escapades, its hard to believe that the voice in my head when I read could ever hold a candle.
The hospital scene where Ash becomes emotional.
Ash. That said he does all male voices great and distinct for each character and female voices almost as good.
I was moved a lot throughout the entire book; there was tension, anticipation, tears, laughter, yearning, squirming and heart pounding.
Well, I am not sure if it was that I felt like I had to wait a long time in anticipation of the audio release of this book or if the book was truly that much better than the other two in the trilogy, but I did like this one better. Oh, don't get me wrong, the first two were exciting and moving also, but Ash & Josie's story just "got" me in so many ways.
I believe of all of Maya Banks' books, especially those of the audio variety, this trilogy was her best thus far. Her writing and character development gets more and more refined/defined and sophisticated. I loved the way Ash talked in "clipped" sentences a lot of the time, making his point firmly, directly and defined his alpha/dominant personality and position. I can't say enough about Ms. Banks' writing and story-telling with this trilogy and hope she continues along this vein with future books - and in the not too distant future cuz' I've listened to everything Audible has offered of hers.
I agree with some of the reviews about NML's narration being stilted and seemingly unemotional but I must say that the voices and expressions of the various characters in this intriguing story are amazing, especially the female voices and drunken stuttering of Maggo (sp). As the story progressed NML's narration got better and in my estimation, the stiltedness was a description of who T'Ash was (is).
I'm hoping that this story really is the beginning of a new & exciting series as this is a new author for me. RDO must have an amazing imagination and ability to not just write a PNR copy of the masters such as Donna Grant, J.R. Ward, Lara Adrian, etc.
I liked the story ok, but the narration was a bit difficult to get through. If I had not already been following this series and like Jessica Clare, I would not have struggled through. The male and female voices were exactly the same in some of the narration and too close to the same to enjoy the difference in others. The same narrator was used for all of the books but she just didn't work this time.
The storyline was a bit predictable after Nick and Emma see each other again, but RJ does an outstanding job of portraying feelings and sentiment. Claire Bocking's narration/performance, better put, gets more amazing with each story. If she is ever replaced as the performer of RJ's books it will be a shame and betrayal.
I loved that Nick was soft, gentle, considerate and kind as are all of the New Zealand Rugby players as depicted by the author; not at all a "big-headed famous sports player, like a lot of american football players seem to be.
Nonetheless, I really liked the story and could listen to the accent and the words Kiwi's use for different things. Please give us the rest of the series.
I wasn't sure at first if this book actually deserved any kind of review but after giving some thought to it I realized that if I could save someone the time it takes to return it to Audible after spending precious dollars or credits on it then it was time well spent in writing the review.
This book, in my opinion, has absolutely no redeeming qualities. I have read/listened to many MC books; most of which were raw, gritty, containing group sex, orgies, bad guys, worse guys, club whores, (well, you get the picture), but all had someone, most times, the H/H that had some heart, kindness and concern. The hero, and I use the term loosely, in this book was, simply put, an uncaring, heartless creep. Granted, I must admit, I did not finish the book as I didn't want to spend my time in doing so, but I just couldn't after listening to the 9 1/2 chapters and 4 hours and then going back and reading the reviews of those who did finish. I love a good hardcore MC story, but come on Ms. Begley. I'm not sure what you were trying to portray or say but I just don't get it. I get a "mean to the shy & different girl when she was a teen, vibe", yuck. This author is a definite "no go" any further for me.
I thought the story was pretty good and really liked the new "take" on the vampire/paranormal world. That said it took awhile, actually a long while to get to a point at which I wasn't tempted to put an end to listening - the narration was not awful, but it wasn't great either. It sounds to me like LS has the potential to be a good narrator, but it definitely sounded like she was reading instead performing. The different accents were pretty good, I'll give her that
Wow, I couldn't believe the abrupt ending - not even an epilogue or hint of an ending; was a bit startling. Sure glad book 2 was out when I started listening to book 1 or I might have run screaming from the room (actually I was in my car) with a vow never to listen to this author again.
Overall I gave the book 3 stars - with a better narration I certainly would have pushed it to 4.
I enjoyed getting to know the MacKade brothers, their ghosts and the battle of Antietam. I am somewhat of a history buff and knew nothing about this northern most battle. The brothers' stories which incorporate the battle make me want to take a vacation.
Rafe's story was great as was Regan's "intrusion" into it. Now that we've met the brothers, can't wait to hear how their lives are changed by a "good woman".
I liked that this story was a bit different from the first two, still very enjoyable and still CB does an amazing job. My hope is that Audible snags as many of the Escape to New Zealand series as RJ writes and hope my vacation is not over yet.
Again, the story was good, accent was better and hope we see more. The character development is not the only thing that is good, the description of New Zealand, its beaches and countryside seemed to take on character as well.
I had never heard of this author or narrator before this series, both were amazing. CB's accent was spot-on. I really enjoyed the H & H, background characters and looking forward to their upcoming stories. My tastes run to a bit more on the steamy romance side but the accent of the men kinda made up for this a bit. Hope Audible continues to pick up the rest of the books, beyond #3 as I'm truly a fan.
This was my first for this author and male narrator. I know I like an author's writing when I check to see what other books Audible offers or I go to the author's website to see what's coming next. In looking back through Audible to see what else is offered by this author I noticed that ratings weren't very high, not sure why, but gonna find out. Hope this is not a "one hit wonder".
I enjoyed the suspense, drama, twists, turns, heroine and hero and all the background characters. I liked that the book was a little different than those I typically listen to and that this is truly a "romantic suspense" even though somewhat light on the romance. I would have liked more steamy romance but all and all I was glad to spend the credit.
I also always enjoy Tanya Eby's narration and now same goes for Alexander Cendese.
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