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Diana DC

Blue Moon Reviews

Washington, DC, United States | Member Since 2008

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  • 30 reviews
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  • 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
    (44)
    Performance
    (39)
    Story
    (39)

    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"
    "Good book, poor audio"
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    Whispersync price tempted me to try a narrator I'd never heard. Wish I hadn't.

    I enjoyed reading the book even though hot cop hero Derek may be a bit too much the caveman in his romancing technique. The author writes excellent banter and there were more than a few laugh-out-loud moments in the verbal battles between Ginger and Derek. Pretty good romantic suspense from a new (newish?) author I'll definitely read again.

    I rated the performance one star. The narrator sounds muddy, mushy-mouthed, unprepared, and inexperienced. I suppose it's possible that this is another narrator using an alias for the naughty stuff, but she sounds very amateurish to my ear. Ginger and her sister Willa have just arrived in Chicago from Nashville. They should have an accent. And they do in a few passages, but mostly not. Actually all characters sound exactly the same regardless of gender, age, agency, or disappearing accent/no accent. Derek in the book is desirable, hot and dominant. Derek in the audio is a cypher. Overall, a disservice to a book I enjoyed.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Magic Breaks: Kate Daniels, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Ilona Andrews
    • Narrated By Renée Raudman
    Overall
    (713)
    Performance
    (675)
    Story
    (674)

    No matter how much the paranormal politics of Atlanta change, one thing always remains the same: If there' s trouble, Kate Daniels will be in the middle of it. As the mate of the Beast Lord, Curran, former mercenary Kate Daniels has more responsibilities than it seems possible to juggle. Not only is she still struggling to keep her investigative business afloat, she must now deal with the affairs of the pack, including preparing her people for attack from Roland, a cruel ancient being with god-like powers.

    RabidReads says: "Characters die, power shifts, a new path is forged"
    "A Rave!"
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    Kate and Curran are now my favorite fictional couple. I loved their journey in Magic Breaks and where they ended up. Can't wait to see where they go next.

    Renee Raudman is pitch perfect. She enables me to see and feel every character.

    I felt so happy and satisfied when I finished that I immediately went back to chapter one and experienced the whole thing again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Midnight Rainbow

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Linda Howard
    • Narrated By Brenda Sweeney
    Overall
    (76)
    Performance
    (72)
    Story
    (71)

    A romance in the jungle - Grant Sullivan, tough, masculine and handsome, is a retired military expert entrusted with a mission in the Costa Rican jungle - to find hostage and socialite Jane Hamilton Greer. When Grant rescues her in a rather cavalier and physical fashion, no love is lost between them. But gradually, their mutual attraction and passion becomes apparent and the jungle smolders in more ways than one.

    blackdog says: "Narrator nightmare"
    "Narrator fail"
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    Another old Linda Howard favorite botched by unbearable narration. Other reviewers have said it all. Wasted opportunity. Sad.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Night's Honor: Elder Races, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Thea Harrison
    • Narrated By Sophie Eastlake
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (283)
    Performance
    (263)
    Story
    (266)

    On the run from her former employer, Tess knows that she's vulnerable on her own amongst the Elder Races. That's why she decides to audition to become the human attendant of a powerful Vampyre of the Nightkind demesne. But while her position affords her the safety she seeks, her protector turns out to be more than she bargained for.

    Amie S says: "Another great book in an awesome series."
    "Weakest of the series"
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    Performance
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    It started off well enough before stalling out. Neither one of these characters was strong enough to carry a book. Pia and Dragos would have been bored to tears.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Diamond Bay

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Linda Howard
    • Narrated By Brenda Sweeney
    Overall
    (38)
    Performance
    (34)
    Story
    (35)

    Rachel Jones wasn't looking for trouble, much less a man, but in Kell Sabin she found both. On a hot summer's night Kell is washed up - barely alive - on a Florida beach and into Rachel's life. Their love blossoms as he recovers from his injuries. But by falling in love with Kell, Rachel has put her own life in danger from the forces that want him dead. Once fate has bought them together, can they learn to live apart?

    Diana DC says: "Worst possible narrator choice"
    "Worst possible narrator choice"
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    Another much anticipated Linda Howard classic misinterpreted and bungled by narrator Brenda Sweeney. I am so disappointed. She reads like a preschool teacher, giving the heroine a bimbo voice. And poor Honey, what she did to you. Sweeney's performance couldn't be more wrong. This book was written for and beloved by intelligent adults. Just a terrible audio.

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Stone Guardian: Entwined Realms Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Danielle Monsch
    • Narrated By Tavia Gilbert
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (194)
    Performance
    (177)
    Story
    (182)

    Gryphons flying past skyscrapers? Wizards battling it out in coffeehouses? Women riding motorcycles with large swords strapped to their backs? All normal sights since the Great Collision happened twenty-six years ago. Well, not normal for everyone. Larissa Miller may have been born after the Great Collision, but as a history teacher who lives in the human-only city, she has never come into contact with any other race or species, nor has she wanted to.

    Sabrina says: "Fan Freakin Tastic!"
    "Same Old"
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    Nothing new. I listened for a couple of hours as bits and pieces from other paranormal romance and urban fantasy series were blended in.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Deadline

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Sandra Brown
    • Narrated By Stephen Lang
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (197)
    Performance
    (172)
    Story
    (174)

    Dawson Scott is a well-respected journalist recently returned from Afghanistan. Haunted by everything he experienced, he's privately suffering from battle fatigue which is a threat to every aspect of his life. But then he gets a call from a source within the FBI. A new development has come to light in a story that began 40 years ago. It could be the BIG story of Dawson's career one in which he has a vested interest.

    Elaine says: "Unbelievably mediocre!"
    "Wish there were more like it..."
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    Sandra Brown has pioneered her own unique niche since throwing off the constrainting rules of writing genre fiction with the publication of Envy in 2001. I have mad love for just about every word she's written since then and Deadline is no exception. Setting a meticulously crafted mystery/thriller at the heart of a love story, Brown honors her romance writing roots as well as her romance reader fans. Or is it the other way around--romance at the heart of a mystery? Either way you choose to look at it, one needs the other and it's a happy confluence that pleases me in all the best ways.

    I've struggled with false starts and wholesale deletes in writing a review for fear of spoilers. I'm a spoiler hater and I'm glad that I experienced Deadline knowing only what is revealed in the blurb and I urge you to do the same. I reveled in Brown's trademark diabolical plot twists without having a clue as to where she was going with it. Unspoiled is the only way to go with Sandra Brown.

    In addition to main protagonists Dawson and Ameilia, there are numerous characters important to the storyline, each requiring a unique voice. Stephan Lang aces it in that respect, seamlessly delivering dialogue between/among the entire cast while consistently staying in character. I especially loved his voicing of a certain villain An unexpected choice and so devious and insightful. Extra kudos to Lang for his heartbreaking reading of Flora's journal.

    I didn't love Lang's Ameilia voice, not that the timbre is a problem, but a bit of a miss on her characterization. She sounds too soft and hesitant, almost apologetic, for an accomplished professional woman with an aristocratic upbringing. Hero Dawson Scott's voice is exactly right to my ear. Dawson is decidedly different sort of Sandra Brown hero and that's all I'm going to say. Lang clearly gets Dawson and I love him for that.

    Sandra Brown delivers another excellent romantic thriller and Stephan Lang pretty much nails it.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Hush

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Anne Frasier
    • Narrated By Emily Beresford
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (48)
    Performance
    (40)
    Story
    (40)

    It's criminal profiler Ivy Dunlap's job to unravel the psyches of the most dangerous men alive. None haunt her dreams more than the killer who took her son's life sixteen years ago, then silently disappeared into the dark. Now an urgent request for help from the Chicago police has reawakened Ivy's greatest nightmare. The Madonna Murderer has returned to fulfill his calling. This time Ivy understands the killer, and will face her greatest fear to stop him from killing again.

    Diana DC says: "Compelling and deliciously creepy"
    "Compelling and deliciously creepy"
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    I've been a regular reader of Anne Frasier's thrillers for as long as she's been writing them. What a happy surprise to see that Hush has made its way to audio!

    Narrator Emily Beresford convincingly brings Frasier's characters to life with distinct voices for all. It's a tautly written serial killer police procedural, an intelligent and meaty story. Frasier's hero and heroine are refreshingly human; a welcome change from the stick figure kickass heroine and waxed-torso-of-steel hero so prevalent in recent romantic suspense.

    I'd love to see more of Frasier's suspense brought to audio. Ditto her romances written as Theresa Weir.

    Review copy provided by the author.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Be My Baby

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Susan Andersen
    • Narrated By Annie Green
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (30)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (27)

    Proper Boston Brahmin Juliet Rose Astor Lowell doesn't want her body guarded by anyone while she's in New Orleans for the grand opening of Daddy's new hotel - especially not by macho cop Beau Dupree.

    Diana DC says: "Narrator Fail"
    "Narrator Fail"
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    I'm so bummed. Be My Baby is an old favorite and I was so looking forward to the audiobook. Annie Green's reading fails the material. Let me count the ways.

    * Misplaced awkward starts and stops. (Oh? There are more words in the sentence?) This sounds like a cold, unrehearsed reading.
    * Female characters are pitched low. Male characters sound like cartoon ducks on helium.
    * Her mispronunciation of every freakin' common contraction in the text (and there are a lot of them) is indescribably irritating. DIT-tint. COULD-tint. HAT-tint. Is this an affectation?
    * She mispronounces common words willy-nilly. I tried keeping a list but it became an overwhelming task. Not acceptable from a professional voice actor.

    Susan Andersen's excellent book and its fans should have been treated much better than this. There should be a do-over.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Mystery Man

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Kristen Ashley
    • Narrated By Kate Russell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (929)
    Performance
    (881)
    Story
    (884)

    Gwendolyn Kidd has met the man of her dreams. He's hot, he's sexy, and what started as a no-names-exchanged night of passion has blossomed into a year and a half-long pleasure fest. Sure, it's a little strange that he only appears in her bed at night, but Gwen is so sure he's the one, she just can't turn him away…. Hawk Delgado knows more about Gwen than she could ever imagine. She's gorgeous, headstrong, and skittish about relationships. But Hawk is facing his own demons, demons that keep him from connecting with anyone.

    Angela says: "Fan-freakin-tastic!!!!!"
    "Narrator Exactly Right"
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    I'm so glad this series has come to audio. The books need a female narrator since the books are written from the heroine's POV. Yay for Kate Russell! She nailed Gwen's personality - most importantly her playful sense of humor. Her reading of Hawk was dead on as well. Totally enjoyed it!

    I was very unhappy with the narrator cast for Own the Wind so I'm relieved to see a change for the better. Ideally, this series would have a male and female narrator team. It would be great to hear these bad boys read in a deep rumbly voice. Otherwise, I hope Kate Russell reads the rest of the series.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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