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Diva

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  • Second Chance: A Last Chance Rescue Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Christy Reece
    • Narrated By Coleen Marlo
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (46)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (16)

    Working for Last Chance Rescue, Cole Mathison has been to hell and back. But being responsible for the death of an innocent man is a hell like no other. Longing for redemption, Cole finds himself embroiled in the mysterious disappearance of Keeley Fairchild's young children. Rescuing the children is his mission, but falling in love with the widow of the man he inadvertently killed was never in the plans.

    Diva says: "Really Enjoyable Listen"
    "Really Enjoyable Listen"
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    I had completely the opposite experience with this book than did the previous reviewer. I really enjoyed it. I have read the other two books in the series so knew that I like the author but am always hesitant to get the audio version of an author I like because of the narrator. To me, the narrator is just as important as the author, if not more so, having had a few bad experiences of terrible narrators totally ruining favourite books.

    I really enjoyed story and narrator here. I figured out quite early on who was responsible for the kidnapping but I enjoyed letting the story play out to confirm my suspicions and to understand the motive. Which leads me to one criticism - the motives for the kidnapping weren't very convincing. It seemed like the villain went to a huge amount of evil-doing for such a weak motive.

    The narrator was good, with some good voice differentiation and pacing. I am definitely going to get the other two books on audio.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Just One Damned Thing After Another: The Chronicles of St Mary's, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Jodi Taylor
    • Narrated By Zara Ramm
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (868)
    Performance
    (781)
    Story
    (784)

    Behind the seemingly innocuous façade of St Mary's, a different kind of historical research is taking place. They don't do 'time-travel' - they 'investigate major historical events in contemporary time'. Maintaining the appearance of harmless eccentrics is not always within their power - especially given their propensity for causing loud explosions when things get too quiet. Meet the disaster-magnets of St Mary's Institute of Historical Research as they ricochet around History.

    Sires says: "Action Adventure Time Travel Novel w/ Good Reader"
    "A Delightful Gem"
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    It's funny, it's sad, it's exciting, it's fast and furious. There's even a bit of romance. It's full of quirky Brits (I'm a Brit and I can affirm we can be quirky !) This book has it all. It is a bit of a departure for me from my usual genre but I thoroughly enjoyed all of it.

    I agree with another reviewer, however, that the narrator fell a bit short. She does some good accents where appropriate which helps to differentiate the characters but she doesn't have a "male" voice and it is often not obvious when she had switched from female to male characters. Other than that, though, her performance was compelling.

    If you like history, adventure and mystery with fun and excitement, this book is worth a listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Accidental SEAL: SEAL Brotherhood, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Sharon Hamilton
    • Narrated By J. D. Hart
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (291)
    Performance
    (258)
    Story
    (260)

    Christy Nelson embarks on her new career in Real Estate by holding her first open house, at the wrong house, by accident, where she finds the nude sleeping body of a man. Navy SEAL Kyle Lansdowne, on a mission to find his missing Team buddy, is staying at his buddy's home while investigating the disappearance. When someone breaks in, he takes protective measures. He doesn't expect to find that a beautiful young woman is responsible for his teammate's abduction.

    Nicole Garcia says: "Sexy Miltary Read!!"
    "Terrible Narrator - Ruined Listen"
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    Despite the fact that this book sounds like it should be really good I couldn’t finish it because, YET AGAIN, the narrator is terrible. Seriously, who selects the narrators? Authors cannot possibly be unaware that a bad narrator is going to completely sabotage their book. Can they???
    OK, this narrator has a sexy, gravelly voice – but he does not know how to read aloud. Seriously!! It’s like listening to a computer-generated read. The narrative is clipped and monotone. Where there IS emphasis, it is completely on the wrong word or part of the sentence. Mostly, it sounds like the narrator doesn’t understand the words he is reading.
    Strangely, however, he is not at all bad on the dialogue. He does decent voice differentiation and can get the right emphasis so that it doesn’t sound like he is reading a foreign language. This just adds to the frustration, however. Maybe he is an excellent stage actor? Perhaps he should stick to that!
    There are so many really good actors/narrators out there – please, please, whoever selects the narrators, have a care for your listeners. We might not be listening to Tolstoy or the Brontes but we HAVE spent our hard-earned money. Surely we should be able to expect a quality narrator?

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Before the Larkspur Blooms: A Prairie Hearts Novel, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Caroline Fyffe
    • Narrated By Patrick Lawlor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (61)
    Performance
    (54)
    Story
    (51)

    Caroline Fyffe returns to the windswept prairies of Wyoming with a beautiful story of rekindled love.... Thomas Donovan spent eight long years in prison, convicted of a crime he didn’t commit. Finally released, he returns home to Logan Meadows, Wyoming, to reclaim his life. What he finds, though, is his beloved family long gone and the townsfolk wary of an accused thief. The future looks bleak - until a former love becomes his unlikely champion in the community and reignites the fire in his guarded heart....

    Carl says: "Very nice love/Wild West type story line."
    "Too Sweet For Me - a cozy"
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    It's probably not fair for me to low-rate this book, since I knew when I bought it that it wasn't really my thing. I like more "gritty", military or spec ops romances (Stephanie Tyler, Suzanne Brockmann, etc) but it was on sale and read by my favourite narrator so I thought I'd give it a try. It is very, very clean and innocent, although not Christian. There seemed to be a cast of thousands which I had trouble keeping straight and none of them were particularly interesting or colourful, in fact stereotypes abound in this book. There were a couple of interesting historical insights (like how the town had to prepare for the coming of the railroad) but, at the end of the day, there is nothing new in the story and the ending was cringly predictable and trite.

    Now, I would normally pay money to listen to Patrick Lawlor read the ingredients on a cereal box but even he seemed to be uncomfortable with the material somehow, and this wasn't one of his best performances although his Irish brogue is a delight.

    The book doesn't set out to be anything more than a light, pleasant romance and that's really all it is. It is definitely suitable for all ages and sensibilities but it lacks passion, and not just of the sexual kind. It meanders gently through a simpler age but it leaves you unfulfilled and indifferent to the age and the lives you just shared for 9+ hours.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Freefall

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Jill Sorenson
    • Narrated By Piper Goodeve
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    Hope will have to climb the summit and assess a plane crash at the top of a remote mountain. And the only climbing partner available is Sam Rutherford - the enigmatic man she spent a night with six months ago. As Sam and Hope set out on an emergency search-and-rescue mission, he realizes the sparks still sizzle between them. And when they learn a killer is among the survivors, they must place their trust in each other for a chance at happiness.

    Diva says: "Jill Sorenson is back!"
    "Jill Sorenson is back!"
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    After the disappointment of Aftershock Jill Sorenson is back on form with this one. We first met the main characters in Aftershock and that story is referenced a few times in this one but this book is far superior to Aftershock. It features the broad, fresh canvas of the wild outdoors (rather than the claustrophobic stagnation of Aftershock) and is much more exciting and faster-paced for that. The author paints some wonderful visuals of the park and you can almost smell the fresh air. If Sam is a bit stereotypical/two-dimensional then the interesting, "shades of grey" character of Jay/Xavier more than makes up for that.

    Like Aftershock, there are shades of the TV show Lost in this book also - a dead pilot on a plane, the plane falling on people, tracking villains across the "jungle", etc (at one point I almost expected a polar bear to show up!) but it all adds to the visuals and excitement.

    I remain slightly disappointed in the choice of narrator. She is fairly monotone and never really ratchets up the excitement or changes her very deliberate way of reading.

    Overall, though, I really enjoyed this book and am eagerly awaiting the next Jill Sorenson offering.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Beyond His Control

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Stephanie Tyler
    • Narrated By Zoe Hunter
    Overall
    (61)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (6)

    Assistant District Attorney Ava Turkowski knows about leading a dangerous life - her father was a risk taker who died in the line of duty and her beloved brother is taking just as many chances. Now a high-profile case has landed Ava herself in the crosshairs - and the only man standing between her and certain death is the one she can't forget.

    Diva says: "Terrible Narrator - couldn't finish it"
    "Terrible Narrator - couldn't finish it"
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    Would you try another book from Stephanie Tyler and/or Zoe Hunter?

    I usually love Stephanie Tyler but the narrator is so bad on this one that I couldn't finish it. It's a shame as the story sounds as though it could be good but I will have to read it instead.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Different narrator - one who understands how punctuation affects how a sentence is read.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Zoe Hunter’s performances?

    Absolutely not. There is no consideration of punctuation or context. The emphasis is on the wrong words in the sentence, if any at all. I cringed through 20 minutes and had to abandon it.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Don't know, couldn't get passed the first 20 minutes of terrible narration.


    Any additional comments?

    Please authors/publishers take care in who you choose as narrator.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Shades of Gray: A KGI Novel, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Maya Banks
    • Narrated By Adam Paul
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (320)
    Performance
    (295)
    Story
    (297)

    P. J. and Cole were sharpshooting rivals on the same KGI team and enjoyed a spirited, uncomplicated camaraderie. Until the night they gave in to their desires and suddenly took their relationship one step further. In the aftermath of their one-night stand, they’re called out on a mission that goes terribly wrong, and P. J. walks away from KGI, resolved not to drag her teammates into the murky shadows she’s poised to delve into. Six months later, Cole hasn’t given up his search for P. J., and he’s determined to bring her back home where she belongs.

    Alisa says: "Disappointed by the change of narrator."
    "Great Narrator"
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    I enjoyed this one more than some of the earlier KGIs, partly because I much prefer this narrator. I bought this book partly because I have enjoyed this narrator's work on other Maya Banks books. Also, though, the story is exciting and the characters interesting. I have enjoyed some of the earlier KGIs but the narrator made all the difference for me on this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wallbanger

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Alice Clayton
    • Narrated By Heather Smith
    Overall
    (1335)
    Performance
    (1230)
    Story
    (1240)

    Thanks to paper-thin walls and the guy’s athletic prowess, Carolyn is gaining an - um - intimate knowledge of her new neighbor's nocturnal adventures. And since Caroline is currently on a self-imposed "dating hiatus," and her neighbor is clearly lethally attractive to women, she finds her fantasies keep her awake even longer than the noise. So when the wallbanging threatens to literally bounce her out of bed, Caroline, clad in sexual frustration and a pink baby-doll nightie, confronts Simon Parker, her heard-but-never-seen neighbor.

    Sara Donati says: "No Sex in the City"
    "Not wild about this one"
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    I bought this book based on its high recommendation from other listeners but it wasn't really for me. There is a funny part at the end with the cat (who is the best character in the book) but other than that, I found it to be very drawn-out and a bit tortuous. The narrator was good enough for the material she had to work with but there really wasn't much plot at all. It's really just hours and hours of a couple finally getting together.

    This is just a basic romance novel. There are no real sub-plots or fascinating secondary characters. It's just boy meeets girl and a whole lot of angst around why they couldn't possibly get together - for nearly 14 hours!

    This wasn't an exhilarating, or even all that interesting, listen for me.

    2 of 2 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
    (985)
    Performance
    (937)
    Story
    (939)

    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!!!!!"
    "Loved it ......Eventually !"
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    This book was a exercise in perseverance for me. I didn't know the author and I hated it when I first started listening to it - didn't like the characters, didn't care for the narrator and the plot was ridiculous (a sibling being expected to pay off her sister's multi-million dollar debt). I decided to return it to Audible but it was late so I decided to listen to another 30 mins and return it in the morning. Well, 30 mins turned into 1 hour 30 mins and by the morning I had got to a funny part and wanted to find out what happened so I decided to give it another hour. After that some really great characters had shown up and I had to listen to some more because I really enjoyed them (I'm talking Elvyra especially here). And so it went on. Nine hours of listening later I had to admit I was hooked.

    So, if you try this book and hate it - persevere. Once you get into the style and the characters and you've laughed out loud a few hundred times it is actually an absolute gem. I'm so glad I stuck with it.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • He's My Soldier Boy

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Lisa Jackson
    • Narrated By Kate Rudd
    Overall
    (32)
    Performance
    (30)
    Story
    (29)

    Dark, sexy, and dangerous, young Ben Powell could steal kisses as deep and stormy as Whitefire Lake. But when he cruelly accused Carlie Surrett of unthinkable sins, he left her in the dust of her shattered dreams. Now, steelier than ever after his stint in the army, Ben is back - making Carlie curse the love that all but destroyed her...and the volcanic passion that still sears her soul.

    Diva says: "More Soap Opera than Romance"
    "More Soap Opera than Romance"
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    This is one of the author's earlier works and not one of her romantic suspense offerings. As a romance it had great potential, however, it misses the mark a bit. It reads more like a soap opera with much angst, wringing of hands, secret pregancies, thin plot and sterotypical characters. The narrator reads the dialogue in a highly melodramatic, soap opera style also.

    The title is also a misnomer. I chose this book partly because I enjoy miltary romances. This isn't one. The "soldier" in question is merely a plot device to separate the two halves of the book. The hero, a teen in the first half of the book, runs away to join the military in order to have him return in the second half as an adult. That's where the "soldier" aspect begins and ends. If you are looking for a military romance a la Stephanie Tyler or Suzanne Brockmann - you won't find here, despite the book's title.

    On the whole, it wasn't the worst romance I've ever listened to, but it lacks the author's later style and sophistication. It's OK to listen to whilst doing chores but it won't keep you up all night finishing it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Feral Sins: Phoenix Pack, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Suzanne Wright
    • Narrated By Jill Redfield
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2110)
    Performance
    (1943)
    Story
    (1959)

    Taryn Warner is a wolf shifter with extraordinary healing skills - and serious problems. First, her father is determined that she mate for life with a wolf shifter named Roscoe Weston, whom the feisty Taryn can’t stand. To make matters worse, she’s also been kidnapped by Trey Coleman, a dangerous alpha male from another pack. And as much as she wants to resist Trey, Taryn is incredibly, maddeningly attracted to him.

    Paige says: "Surprised they didn't check my ID"
    "Thank you previous reviewers !!"
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    Thank you previous reviewers - paranormal has never been my romance sub-genre of choice and if you all hadn't raved so effusively about this book I NEVER would have bought it. And I would have missed out on one of the best listening experiences I've had. This book is fantastic, so is the narrator. I love the story, the characters, the humour, the narration. The Tarren character is a bit too "full on" for my tastes but it doesn't detract from my total enjoyment.

    I've already downloaded the second book and I haven't quite finished this one yet but every now and then you come across a book that you just don't want to end.

    Thanks again Audible reviewers - you really know your stuff :)

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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