You no longer follow Courtney

You will no longer see updates from this user when they write new reviews, or suggestions based on their library or recommendations.

You can re-follow a user if you change your mind.

OK

You now follow Courtney

You will receive updates from this user when they write new reviews, or suggestions based on their library or recommendations.

You can unfollow a user if you change your mind.

OK

Courtney

United States | Member Since 2010

51
HELPFUL VOTES
  • 8 reviews
  • 105 ratings
  • 1361 titles in library
  • 158 purchased in 2014
FOLLOWING
0
FOLLOWERS
3

  • Forged in Steele: A KGI Novel, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Maya Banks
    • Narrated By Adam Paul
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (283)
    Performance
    (262)
    Story
    (260)

    Steele, a KGI team leader, is an enigma not even his teammates understand. His emotions are tightly locked down and nothing can break that icy exterior. Nothing except Maren Scofield, a doctor on a mission, a woman who has gotten under Steele’s skin and threatens to crack that unflappable cool he’s legendary for. Steele is determined not to allow Maren past his carefully guarded defenses. But he has a decision to make. Hold tight and shut her out. Or take a chance on something more powerful than he’s ever faced: Love.

    Judy Ryan says: "If it's not broke ....."
    "Steele is Christian Bale as Batman!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Where does Forged in Steele rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I love the story, haven't quite finished it yet, but its a good book. As to the title of my review... Anyone who has seen the recent Batman movies should be familiar with the growly voice Christian Bale uses when he's in Batman mode. Well, the narrator does this with Steele. I keep wanting to tell him to get a drink or give the guy some cough drops. Its rather jarring and I keep picturing Batman.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I like Hancock so far. I haven't finished the book yet, so assuming he doesn't die in this, I hope to see him in a future book.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Adam Paul?

    Yes, but please stop doing the Batman Voice for Steele. Please.


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

    I guess, but work and sleep intervened.


    Any additional comments?

    I miss the old narrator for this series.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Her Last Whisper: Dr. Charlotte Stone, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Karen Robards
    • Narrated By Ann Marie Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (50)
    Performance
    (44)
    Story
    (45)

    An expert in the psychology of serial killers, she's faced down more than her share of human monsters. But Charlie can also communicate with the spirits of those who die violently, an extrasensory skill that has helped the FBI bring lethal predators to justice. Now, after narrowly escaping death a second time, Charlie's ready to step away from the edge - before her luck runs out.

    R. Mangum says: "Good story (I think), narration not so good."
    "I'm on "Team Bartoli""
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would, as long as the person can suspend belief to deal with the main character's nonsensical affection for a dead guy. I just don't get it... Maybe its because I have background in Forensic Psychology (the background of the main character), but that for me is the main draw of this series, not the romance that I just can't seem to get into.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I love Tam, Charlotte's psychic friend. She sees sense and is a nice voice of reason to her friend.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I do have to hand it to Karen Robards, she knows how to get her characters into some very nasty situations and keep the tension going even if we, the readers, are reasonably sure things will end up all right. The finale in this one didn't quite go down how I thought, but it was satisfying.


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

    The ending was nice and tense, but I was expecting it


    Any additional comments?

    It's frustrating reading a series in which I am not interested in the "romance", or the main character constantly checking out the dead guy over the nice living guy, but the murder cases are excellent. I wish the focus was on them rather than the infatuation with Michael, though it wasn't as frequent in this one as it was in the second one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • After the Storm: A KGI Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Maya Banks
    • Narrated By Adam Paul
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (207)
    Performance
    (198)
    Story
    (196)

    Over the years, Donovan Kelly has fought relentlessly for justice, women and children always holding a special place in his heart. Working side by side with his brothers, Donovan has witnessed firsthand the toll it’s taken - physically, mentally, and emotionally - on his loved ones, and the innocent lives caught in the crossfire. What he never expects is for his next mission to happen right on his home turf - or for it to take a very personal turn.

    M. Davis says: "Big Disappointment..."
    "From One Control Freak to Another"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Yes, the unrealistic reaction of Eve to Donovan's actions. By this I mean, considering her reaction to Walt, how okay she is to this guy, whom she's only known for a few DAYS, saying he wants forever with her and taking it up with her siblings, which was extremely underhanded, and not well explained by Van's desire to make his wishes seem serious to Eve. Had I been Eve, I would have been having serious alarm bells going off. I really didn't think that was realistic at all.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Maya Banks again?

    Yes, I like her other books, its just the glaring problem with Eve being okay with Van's actions was extremely jarring for me.


    Did Adam Paul do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Eh.... I still much prefer the original narrator, I think Mr. Paul lays on the southern accent waay too strongly.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No, though I wouldn't be surprised if it wound up on Lifetime.


    Any additional comments?

    Another thing that bothered me was the superficial resemblance of this Eve to a much stronger character in another series. I'm a huge fan of both the KGI and the other series and the similarities bugged me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Shades of Desire

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Virna DePaul
    • Narrated By Ashley Adlon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (46)
    Performance
    (38)
    Story
    (37)

    Natalie Jones is the lucky survivor of an elusive killer who preys on young women and then disappears from view. And since her harrowing ordeal, the once gutsy photojournalist has remained isolated in her home, paralyzed by fear and her failing vision. Special Agent Liam "Mac" McKenzie has scars of his own. But despite his efforts to ignore the attraction that simmers between him and Natalie, he needs her help to catch a predator. Soon, they will forge a tentative alliance - charged with desire.

    Kindle Customer says: "GREAT Romantic Suspense!!"
    "Suprisingly Accurate"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Where does Shades of Desire rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    The story was greaat, for one thing, the author was very, very good at potraying a newly blind person who wasn't born that way. I know this because I am legally blind myself and know a lot of blind people. The story was good, and didn't have the heroine magically able to defend herself thank god. Also, the author delved into the issues of blindness and relationships to a great degee. The mystery wasn't much of a who-dunnit, it was more of a how-did-it.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I liked Mac, because he was willing to open up and accept someone with a disability, and he was a good cop, though he could lay on the jerk rather thickly.

    I liked Natalie too, even her rudeness is quite normal, at least from what I've seen, so to some she might seem very unpleasant, but few people are when they are coming to terms with blindness.


    What aspect of Ashley Adlon’s performance would you have changed?

    I'd have liked a bit more differentiation between the voices of characters.


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

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    I was frankly stunned at how well the author did handling the blindness in this book. I thought the story was believable and not over the top. I know there is to be a sequel to this book, but I wish the main characters would stay the same.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Rider: Spirals of Destiny: Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Jim Bernheimer
    • Narrated By Christine Padovan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (223)
    Performance
    (198)
    Story
    (202)

    A unicorn is not supposed to survive the death of its rider, but Majherri did. Now he is a pariah, mistrusted by the Greater Herd. To reclaim his lost honor and status, he will entrust the remnants of his life to a new human female while unraveling the mystery of his continued existence.

    Ruth says: "A Horse Lover's Book-- An Enchanting Fantasy"
    "Could have been much better..."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    This storyline in my opinion had the potential to be fantastic, but the narration slaughtered it for me. I think that is one of the worst narrations I've heard, and that's saying a lot. The woman had this monotone voice that just didn't do it for me. She even had this one character who, when I found out had been killed, I was happy since I wouldn't have to hear the awful voice for her again. I know that's awful, but another issue I had with this and I'm not sure if it was the narrator or the way it was written, but I found the transitions to action sequences happened in such a way that I had to keep going back to even catch them. I hope they get a different narrator for any subsequent books in this series.I did like the unicorn rider idea, a nice break from the dragon rider idea, though I wish they'd explained why there were no male unicorn riders .


    Would you be willing to try another one of Christine Padovan’s performances?

    Nope. For reasons previously stated. In fact I will probably be less likely to read a book narrated by her.


    10 of 16 people found this review helpful
  • Match Me If You Can: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Susan Elizabeth Phillips
    • Narrated By Anna Fields
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2294)
    Performance
    (946)
    Story
    (959)

    Annabelle is tired of being the lone failure in a family of overachievers. She's endured dead-end jobs and a broken engagement. But that's going to change now that she's taken over her late grandmother's matchmaking business. All Annabelle has to do is land the Windy City's hottest bachelor as her client, and she'll be the most sought-after matchmaker in town.

    Daniela says: "Guilty Pleasure"
    "Great Book"
    Overall

    I think this was a fantastic listen, the narrator does a great job with the timing of humor and the writing is just a lot of fun. I had to be careful while listening to this on the trolley to and from work to keep from busting out laughing and having people think I was nuts. I highly reccomend this book and if there are others by this author, I will certainly check them out.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Sin Undone

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Larissa Ione
    • Narrated By Ava Camille Edwards
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (281)
    Performance
    (197)
    Story
    (199)

    As the only female Seminus demon ever born, master assassin Sinead Donnelly is used to being treated like an outcast. She spent decades enslaved, and now vows she'll die before she'll relinquish her freedom again. Then Sin's innate ability to kill her enemies goes awry: She creates a lethal new werewolf virus that sparks a firestorm of panic and violence....

    Linda says: "Great book, awful narrator"
    "Ditto, Good book, Baad Narrator"
    Overall

    I'm with the other reviewers on this one, the book was good, the narrator was AWFUL! She had no variation in her voice at all in reference to what the characters were saying or doing. Drove me nuts. I'd suggest reading this one or getting an ebook version.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Land of Painted Caves: Earth's Children, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (34 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Jean M. Auel
    • Narrated By Sandra Burr
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1287)
    Performance
    (794)
    Story
    (806)

    Ayla, one of the most remarkable and beloved heroines in contemporary fiction, continues to explore the world and the people around her with curiosity, insight, and, above all, courage. As the story opens, Ayla, Jondalar, and their infant daughter, Jonayla, are living with the Zelandonii in the Ninth Cave - a shelter of stone. Ayla has been chosen as an acolyte and has embarked on the arduous task of training to become a spiritual leader.

    phillip says: "Be careful what you wish for!"
    "Should have been titled "The Mother's Song""
    Overall

    I loved the first 5 books in the series, even Shelters of Stone, but this book was such an incredible let down after what, a ten year wait? My issues have to echo many of those posed by the other reviewers. I lost count of how many times "The Mother's Song" was repeated. Seriously, I found myself thinking on a number of occasions "she's not really going to make us read/listen to that again?!" I ended up fast forwarding through that annoyance on a number of occasions. I didn't mind the cave descriptions; I'm visually impaired, so a nice vivid description helps me picture what's around the characters much more.
    Also, the events in the last part of the book are odd to me and seem remarkably out of character and forced. I really thought they seemed contrived, compared to the rest of the series. This book also, if it is the end of the series, ends very abruptly and I thought about going back and listening to the end again but I don't think its really worth it, if it didn't make enough of an impression on me the first time, I doubt it will the second. Plus, the "big discovery" is totally not one, though in the context of our species it is, but in the context of the story it wasn't...

    I'm not saying don't read this book, just don't get your hopes up. I thought #5 had a much more tied together ending.

    31 of 31 people found this review helpful

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

Cancel

Thank You

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.