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Erin

Millers Creek, NC, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • Hidden Agendas: Temptings SEALs, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Lora Leigh
    • Narrated By Mackenzie Harte
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (54)
    Performance
    (52)
    Story
    (50)

    In Hidden Agendas by Lora Leigh, tough-as-nails Navy SEAL Kell Kreiger is the best there is at searching, rescuing, and taking no prisoners…yet even the rush of ever-more dangerous missions isn’t enough to satisfy him. Haunted by a tortured past, Kell seeks distraction in a secret world of dark intimacies. But when Emily Stanton, the one ray of light in Kell’s shadowy existence, is pursued by a ruthless drug lord, the rules of the game suddenly change - and Kell will have to go deeper undercover than he ever imagined....

    Erin says: "Great Series! Tempting SEALs-Durango Team "
    "Great Series! Tempting SEALs-Durango Team "
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    This Tempting SEALs series is chronologically before the Elite Ops series. Durango team is backup for Elite Ops, though some of Durango do move into Elite Ops, and these are their stories. Having read them in print (rare for me because I DO NOT make time to read actual text often), I HIGHLY recommend both series completely, preferably to be read in order. Not sure why the releases are all over the place in terms of 1, 2 and 5 of Elite and then 2 and 4 of TS, but hopefully they will all eventually end up recorded as audiobooks and soon.

    These are standard Lora Leigh, so there is definitely hot sex on the menu, but these are not like some of her more superficial reads. There is love, loss, fear, hope, rebellion, forgiveness, lots of action and betrayal. I am a huge fan of the Black Dagger Brotherhood series, and these 2 series have a lot of the same appeal for me, in that you get to know the many characters better and understand more as you read each book (which is why it really is unfortunate that they are not being released in order, but I already said that).

    This one is all about Kell Krieger, super hot bad boy tough guy, and Emily Stanton, the overprotected but not-so-sheltered daughter of a senator. Kell's job is to protect Emily when drug lord, Diego Fuentes, and other baddies threaten to kidnap her AGAIN, years after she endured a hellish ordeal at their hands in which she was rescued by Kell and his team. Emily is a good heroine in that she is not whiny or helpless, and Kell has some interesting baggage to work through with his family and past. There is also some good info on Nathan Malone and Ian Richards who turn up later in the Elite Ops series and even more about Ian (and Kira) in the next TS installment which I sincerely hope will be out super soon because, while this doesn't really end on a cliffhanger, it does make you want to keep going to get to the "what happens now?" And I can tell you that what happens is pretty exciting and DEFINITELY WORTH A CREDIT, as is this one and all the others in these 2 series which are really more like one series in 2 parts (Durango Team and Elite Ops).

    Until they are all on Audible, I can suggest getting the missing books on Kindle through Amazon. Here's the reading order from LL's website:

    The SEALs Series
    Reno's Chance
    SEALs Book 1 ( Honk If You Love Real Men Anthology)

    Dangerous Games
    SEALs Book 2

    For Maggie's Sake
    SEALs Book 3 ( Real Men Do It Better Anthology)

    Hidden Agendas
    SEALs Book 4

    Killer Secrets
    SEALs Book 5

    Atlanta Heat
    SEALs Book 6 ( Rescue Me Anthology)

    The Elite Ops Series
    Wild Card
    Elite Ops Book 1

    Night Hawk
    (Available for free at Hero's and Heartbreak website)

    Maverick
    Elite Ops Book 2

    Heat Seeker
    Elite Ops Book 3

    Black Jack
    Elite Ops Book 4

    Renegade
    Elite Ops Book 5

    Hannah's Luck
    Elite Ops Book 6 (Men of Danger Anthology)

    Enigma
    Prologue To Live Wire

    Live Wire
    Elite Ops Book 7

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Shadows: A Novel of the Black Dagger Brotherhood

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By J.R. Ward
    • Narrated By Jim Frangione
    Overall
    (720)
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    (653)
    Story
    (650)

    Two brothers bound by more than blood discover a conspiracy that will change their destiny in the astonishing all-new novel of the Black Dagger Brotherhood, the "frighteningly addictive" (Publishers Weekly) series by number-one New York Times best-selling author J. R. Ward.

    Erin says: "It's like Gigi Birmingham all over..."
    "It's like Gigi Birmingham all over..."
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    Those of you who have listened to Kim Harrison's The Hollows Series know what I mean. There's that ONE book in the series that you have to read because you can't listen.

    Look, producers of audiobooks need to have the performers consult with the authors prior to recording. I have asked authors specifically about this, and the general consensus is that such interaction is discouraged, which I do not get, but some of them make contact anyway. I LOVE Jim Frangione, really. I LOVE The BDB. Having said that, I do not care if Xcor's name is "supposed" to be pronounced "Core." Seriously. I. DO. NOT. CARE. For several books, he has been "Score," and it is too late to change it. Xhex has been "Zex," and now she's "Hex?" Havers is now Havvers? And WTF, the PRImale is now the "Prim-ollie?" NO NO NO

    EVEN IF these pronunciations are correct, per JR Ward, IT IS TOO LATE!!!! She should've said something 6 years ago. This isn't book 2 or 3. If JF and JRW had consulted in the beginning, Prim-ollie might not seem weird to me now, BUT THEY DIDN'T, AND IT DOES, AND CHANGING PRONUNCIATIONS IN THE THIRTEENTH BOOK IS NOT OK. I thought Prim-ollie must be Cormia's title as mate to the Primale. In fact, I spent so much time having internal "WHAT THE? WHY?" conversations that I had to back up regularly because I missed 5 minutes of dialogue here and there.

    I LOVE this series. I have listened to every book repeatedly. I even relistened to the first 12 in anticipation of this 13th book coming out, AND I COULD BARELY GET THROUGH IT!! Bottom line: I don't think I CAN listen to this book again. So many pronunciation changes made it way too distracting. KILLS ME, but I think I'm actually returning it because right now I cannot imagine attempting to listen to it again, and usually, I can't wait to hear it again.

    BAD DECISION, PENGUIN AUDIO. READ these reviews. How many reviews of the previous 12 audiobooks complained that the names were mispronounced? How many repeat customers are unhappy with the changes in this book? We aren't evil people bagging on the writer and narrator for fun. This was painful. Please, fix it in the next book. So frustrated and disappointed, I feel sick.

    74 of 79 people found this review helpful
  • Soaring

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Kristen Ashley
    • Narrated By Hollis McCarthy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (352)
    Performance
    (325)
    Story
    (329)

    When her ex took her family from California to live in the small town of Magdalene in Maine, Amelia decided it was time to sort herself out. In order to do that and win her children back, she moves to Cliff Blue, an architectural masterpiece on the rocky coast of Magdalene. Her boxes aren’t even unpacked when she meets Mickey Donovan, a man who lives across the street, a man so beautiful Amelia takes one look at him and knows she wants it all from him.

    Teressa Casey says: "I JUST LOVE THIS BOOK"
    "Loving the Magdalene Series"
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    I'm really liking this series set in coastal Maine. Things are definitely slower in a small town, less kidnappings and car bombs than the Colorado crew had to deal with, but that doesn't mean there's no drama. I loved the glimpses of Josie and company from the last book and was thrilled to see Mickey Donovan meet his match. Both he and Amelia, the heiress who moves in across the street, have done a lot of things right in their lives and, sadly, have been burned. They also have made mistakes, and each has a divorce and baggage to prove it. Amelia takes one look at Mickey and decides she wants to make those gorgeous blue eyes change with the spectrum of emotions she can bring out in him. Mickey takes one look at Amelia and is more than a little interested but intends to place her in the "friend/neighbor zone" because he believes he could never provide a super-wealthy woman like her with anything she would need and doesn't want to have an ex living across the street from him and his kids.

    Drama ensues through misunderstanding, denial and plain stubbornness. In the midst of their difficult relationship, they manage to get to know each other a bit more through each misstep they make. Both have children who have various issues, Amelia's ex is a complete waste of human flesh, as are her parents, Mickey's ex has major problems that affect her children, Amelia has to atone for some bad behavior that has affected her children in order to win them back and rebuild her family while also carving out a life for herself, and, of course, Boston Stone has to make an appearance long enough to let everyone know he still deserves the gold medal as douchebag of the decade. What makes Soaring such a great escape is the range of emotion KA captures and conveys to the listener. I cringed, cheered, laughed, smiled and cried. Even at 24+ hours, I was totally engaged and was never tempted to let my mind wander.

    NARRATOR: Soaring was performed well by Hollis McCarthy. Her style is a little laid-back and maybe even slow (try 1.25 speed), but so is Magdalene. I think she brings the right tone to the series, and I'm happy to see that Audible Studios is using one narrator for the series AND not a narrator from a previous series. I think it's a great decision that makes each series distinct and different. I don't think there are many narrators better than Emma Taylor, and after hearing her stellar performance, others may seem a bit lacking, but I love that she is the voice of the Colorado Mountain Series, Susannah Jones is the voice of the Rock Chick Series, Kate Russell is the voice of the Dream Man and Chaos Series, and now, Hollis McCarthy is the voice of the Magdalene Series. I don't want Mickey to sound like Max, Lee, Hawk or Tack, but I do want characters from The Will and Soaring to have the same voice in future Magdalene releases, so I sincerely hope she will be back for those.

    Absolutely worth a credit or even cash with no sale price. With the trilogy trend of taking 3, 8-hour (if you're lucky) books to tell one story, it is SO refreshing to get an entire story in ONE book that costs ONE credit. On top of that, it's Kristen Ashley, so you know it's going to be great! Every time one of her books is released on Audible, I feel like Christmas has come early.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • The Will

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Kristen Ashley
    • Narrated By Hollis McCarthy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (582)
    Performance
    (522)
    Story
    (522)

    Early in her life, Josephine Malone learned the hard way that there was only one person she could love and trust: her grandmother, Lydia Malone. Out of necessity, unconsciously and very successfully, Josephine donned a disguise to keep all others at bay. She led a globetrotting lifestyle on the fringes of the fashion and music elite, but she kept herself distant. While Josephine was trotting the globe, retired boxer Jake Spear was living in the same small town as Lydia.

    Erin says: "Alas, different but good--Thus, Creditworthy"
    "Alas, different but good--Thus, Creditworthy"
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    I think this is a love it or hate it book. The Will, like all of Kristen Ashley's books, has many great characters who have well-developed personalities, some of them quirky. I have read criticism of the heroine's "weird" speech in this book, but I actually liked it. I felt that it was an important part of her and served as a reminder of who she was and why she was that way. Josie deals with her history of being abandoned and abused by disguising herself and hiding her real thoughts and feelings behind a mask which shows the world a woman who is classy, educated, refined, capable and reliable but also cold and uptight. She has crafted this facade to protect herself, thinks carefully before she speaks and lives in her head a lot. I think that's why she formulates her sentences in a way that makes her speech much more formal than that of the average American who's more open and laid back. She overuses words like "thus," "alas," "therefore" and "however," especially when she's having an internal conversation. It might seem to some that it is not realistic for her to speak thus, and, alas, they have dismissed her character as absurd, not really grasping that this is part of her mask, she has been living in a very narrow world and is now in a totally different environment. For 23 years, her life has been about being the almost 24/7 assistant to the man she has wanted for her own but knows is out of her reach (so she shut down those emotions), being surrounded by artists, photographers and entertainment types in a high-fashion job (perfect place to fit in with odd speech where normal is the worst insult ever) and having only ONE close relationship- with her grandmother who is in her 90's (and probably wouldn't think it odd for her to not swear and to use "old-fashioned" speech).

    Not having an issue with her speech, I found Josie and Jake's story interesting and beautiful, if not particularly "exciting." It dug into a lot of real life problems, like dealing with the death of a loved one, divorce baggage, abandonment baggage, teenaged high school drama, stressed out parent issues and assimilating into a small town community, so it wasn't as "action-packed" as a lot of KA's other books. I think that may be why the reviews are what they are. As for the narrator, I think she may take a hit in the reviews because of those who hate Josie's speech, but I thought she was excellent. I have listened to her perform other books, and I thought she did great then as well. In fact, other than the mistake of "Own the Wind" (Chaos 1) not being done by the same narrator as the Dream Man Series which had a lot of crossover characters (fixed by Chaos 2), I think all the KA series currently on Audible have not only been narrated well but have somehow paired the perfect narrators with each series, and I think Hollis McCarthy will do well for the rest of the Magdalene Series. According to the author's website, Mickey's up next, and I look forward to his story.

    Bottom line, if you like a well-written, well-narrated, character-driven, sweet romance set in a coastal Maine, small town, with a real-life feel, this is definitely worth a credit. If you are looking for your romance to be a little less realistic and to have more action, like axe-wielding maniacs, stalkers, crime lords, rapists, con men and the like being taken down by alpha, macho man badasses, go with the Rock Chick, Dream Man, Chaos and Colorado Mountain series. I like them all!!

    16 of 16 people found this review helpful
  • Operation Cinderella: A Suddenly Cinderella Series Book (Entangles Indulgence)

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs)
    • By Hope Tarr
    • Narrated By Lyssa Graham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (18)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (16)

    Magazine editor Macie Graham always gets her story - and she needs dirt on smokin' hot radio personality Ross Mannon. After he trashes one of her articles, she goes undercover to get revenge on the infuriating Texan. Ross wants a housekeeper and role model for his teenage daughter. When the perfect woman shows up, Ross is relieved. What he didn't expect was an attraction to his gorgeous, red-stiletto-wearing employee.

    Erin says: "A Uniter, Not a Divider"
    "A Uniter, Not a Divider"
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    After a conservative talk show host slams one of her columns on his show which causes advertisers to pull their spots, a liberal, NY editor decides to go undercover as his housekeeper/au pair in an attempt to dig up dirt on him as revenge. Unfortunately, he's not the evil, misogynistic, Bible-thumping, puppy-boiling bastard she assumed him to be. As she realizes this and sees that he is a good man who loves his daughter, says what he means and means what he says, she falls in love with him and his 15-yo daughter. Both the H and h have some issues from their past, and these crop up and are dealt with. When MJ does manage to dig up "dirt," she has to reevaluate her career choices and what is really important to her. I loved the epilogue and the real story behind "the shoes." This was well-written, and the narrator did a great job. I SO hope that the rest of this series will be produced and released on Audible.

    **I REALLY liked that the author didn't use her writing to climb on a soap box as, unfortunately, so many do. Despite the media and political puppet masters' best attempts at dividing the US and stirring the pot of intolerance, a story like this helps to remind us that stereotypes are ridiculous and that people are more likely to see in each other the ties that bind us together more than the differences that tear us apart when we take the time to actually try and understand each other and not just spew acidic comments in an attempt to tear each other down and "win" an argument.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Secret Santa: A Bluegrass Series Novella

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 45 mins)
    • By Kathleen Brooks
    • Narrated By Eric G. Dove
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (106)
    Performance
    (95)
    Story
    (98)

    It wouldn't be Christmas in Keeneston without a party! Everyone's invited, even Santa.… Kenna's court docket is full, Dani's hiding from her in-laws, Paige and Annie are about to burst from pregnancy, and Marshall is breaking up fights at the PTA Christmas concert. The sweet potato casserole is made, the ham and biscuits are on the table, and men are losing their shirts - and not because of bets placed with the Rose Sisters! All the while, the entire town is wondering one thing: Who is the Secret Santa that showed up with special gifts for everyone?

    Erin says: "Bluegrass Brothers Series, not Bluegrass Series"
    "Bluegrass Brothers Series, not Bluegrass Series"
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    I know, right? As of this date, I'm looking at the Audible description of "Secret Santa: A Bluegrass Novella," and is listed as book 2.5 of that series when it is actually "A Bluegrass Brothers Novella" which would put it at about book 5.5 if you started with BG and moved on to BGB. Hellooooo, editors, publishers, anyone? How about considering it all one series instead of 2 since they are all in the same place with common characters who interact with each other? Loss of an overall star for making such a bad decision. OK, so that's why the confusion for the readers and for Audible's data entry peeps who I can't blame because it truly makes no sense. Characters from books 1, 2 and 3 of the Bluegrass Series are in here plus what would seem like spoilers for the next couple of books focused on Paige's brothers, which I am assuming to be the Bluegrass Brothers Series. (sigh) smh

    Aside from someone (who should be fired, or possibly maimed) making the horrible mistake of taking A series of books about a KY town and its inhabitants and breaking it into 2 for no logical reason whatsoever, this is a very cute Christmas tie-in to the series...series-es? Having not experienced any of the BGB series yet, there was a bit of, "Who the heck ARE these people?" I think I will enjoy it more once I have "caught up." Even with the confusion, I found it to be a short, sweet and cute Christmas story and a bit of an epilogue/catch-up session. Not sure how many BGB books there are, so it may be an epilogue for the whole series (I'm going with one series here, people-OK?).

    Eric G. Dove is a fantastic narrator and the reason I gave this series a try in the first place. His female voices are his only minor weakness, in that they are just OK, but hey, he's a guy....a guy with a very sexy guy voice, so forgiveness granted.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • ShadowLove Stalkers: Shadow (Vampire) series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Claudy Conn
    • Narrated By Valerie Gilbert
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (83)
    Performance
    (80)
    Story
    (79)

    What do you do when your father wants to turn you into a vampire and the man who offers you protection has his own, dark agenda? Shawna Rawley has no choice but to run. Pentim Rawley, one of the most evil vampires who has ever lived, has just discovered that she is his daughter. Now he's obsessed with finding and turning her. She doesn't want Pentim to find the people she loves and use them to get to her. She doesn't want him to find and turn her. She has only one ace up her sleeve.

    Xaxony says: "Vampires, Witches, and Intrigue, OH MY!"
    "Narrator was distracting for me"
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    This is a difficult review to write because I really liked the book, the story and the characters. Unfortunately, I did not really enjoy the "listen." I think I would have enjoyed it better reading it myself, but since I have no time to do that, I am at the mercy of whoever gets picked to read. I'm going to focus on the narration since the story has been reviewed by others with which sentiments I can only agree wholeheartedly.

    Valerie Gilbert was not terrible. I liked her accents, and I think she ALMOST did a great job, but it seems that she is allergic to the "hard G sound" in commonly used words. Unfortunately for me, I learned through this listen that I apparently have a hard time with that. (Who knew?) Based on her glowing reviews, I realize that it may just be me and a handful of others who this affects, but so you know, here it is: Words like "longer," "stronger" and "younger" have a "hard G," whereas "singer" does not. (Lon--ger, stron--ger and youn--ger versus sing--er). VG pronounced them all like long--er, strong--er and young--er.

    It may seem knit-picky, but because the words were prevalent in the writing, rather than paying attention to the story, I was constantly finding myself wondering where the narrator grew up and why I have never encountered another person who pronounced those words in such a way. The next thing I knew, I was backing up the recording to catch what I had missed. It happened a lot, and it distracted me from being able to really get into the story like I wanted to.

    Even so, again, I really did like the story. It moved a bit slowly, but as a first in a series, I expect that to some extent. I did speed up the audio to 1.25 and then to 1.5 to try and minimize what I found distracting, and to some extent, that did help. If I could read them, I would still think that was a better option for me. However, because of my interest in the story, even if this narrator is signed for the next books, I might get them...eventually, but with a better narrator, I'd already have them in my cart.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Slow Burn

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By E. B. Walters
    • Narrated By Nina Naughton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (59)
    Performance
    (55)
    Story
    (56)

    She doesn't want to deal with the past... Ten years ago, Ashley Fitzgerald witnessed the death of her parents in a tragic fire and her mind blocked the memory. She pretends to have moved on, is a successful artist and photographer, until she opens her door to a stranger, assumes he's a model and asks him to strip to his briefs. He plans to expose the truth... Wealthy businessman Ron Noble has the body, the jet, the fast cars and the women, but he hides a deadly secret.

    Erin says: "Another TSTL female gets her man..."
    "Another TSTL female gets her man..."
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    Look chickie, if people around you are getting beaten up and worse, and the cops offer to keep an eye on you for your safety, and a fabulously wealthy and gorgeous man who OWNS A SECURITY COMPANY wants to protect you, and your response is to tell the cops, "NO, no gizmos or gadgets. No unmarked cars," YOU ARE TOO STUPID TO LIVE!!!! Then, agree to "allow" the cops to watch over you IF they will keep that gorgeous hunk of man cake away from you (for his own good, so he doesn't get hurt, ya know). This is the point where I begin to agree with the bad guys who think the world would be a better place without you in it and to pity the great guy who will no doubt end up wanting to kill you in the future after you have ruined his life. I am so tired of the dumb chick stereotype.

    Dear authors: Was there a memo that went out indicating that men equate stupid with sexy or that women relate to very stupid female characters? If so, I'm thinking that memo was sent on April 1st. Please disregard it.

    Since I'm on a roll, the narrator is not great. Her voice is OK, but she reads like she's explaining something very simple to a small child. She also, unfortunately, mispronounces common words. My "favorite" was, "I'm not an in-VAL-id," (As in invalid driver's license, as opposed to IN-vuh-lid, a person who is not able to care for himself.) Sigh I'm not sure why these things get recorded. Is there no one monitoring the recording? Hellooooooo, "We need you to go back and start that paragraph again. This time, pronounce the word as IN-vuh-lid." C'mon! If a guitarist is recording a solo and hits a clinker, someone tells him to do it again. 1+1=2.

    Oh, one more thing, there are a couple of paragraphs in which the author uses "his buttock cheek" to describe hot guy's ass during sex. Once would be funny. After the third or fourth use, I almost cried laughing, so there is some entertainment value there.

    I agree with other reviewers that there were good parts, and it had potential but just fell flat. With a little rewrite/editing to add a few brain cells to the heroine and a more experienced narrator and/or some help in the studio, it actually could've been good.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Kissing Under the Mistletoe: A St. Helena Vineyard Novel, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Marina Adair
    • Narrated By Renee Raudman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (138)
    Performance
    (125)
    Story
    (124)

    Regan Martin stopped believing in Christmas miracles the day she discovered her fiancé was already married. The fallout cost her everything - her career, her home, and her impeccable reputation in the wine industry. But now she has a second chance with a dream job in the Napa Valley, and a cozy cottage for her and her daughter, whose one Christmas wish is for a forever home. But those hopes are threatened when Gabe DeLuca, the scorned wife’s brother, tries to drive Regan out of town - even if he can’t seem to drive the luscious beauty from his thoughts.

    Maria says: "Mixed Feelings on this One!"
    "Great Book, HORRIFIC Narrator"
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    It is a testament to the author's skill and her ability to create a story interesting enough for me to power through the AWFUL narration. I had forgotten the name of the narrator for Ilona Andrews' Clean Sweep who ruined that book (and that author since she apparently narrates many of her books) for me. Renee Raudman...NEVER again. Weirdly, my problems with her are different in the two books. (In Clean Sweep, she made a 20-something girl sound like an 89-yo southern belle in an old folks home- which was a major turn off for me.) In this book, it sounded like she was narrating with a retainer in her mouth. The resulting "schw" sound for all the "s" sounds was like a cross between Humphrey Bogart and Daffy Duck, "Schweethearth, yer deschpicable." Sadly, you can't tell that from the audio sample since it is only seconds long and mostly consists of intro music. I'm guessing that's intentional.

    As for the story, the characters were well-developed and interesting. There was great comedic humor mixed with pretty serious drama in a fairly realistic setting. It is romance, hence, "fairly realistic." I really liked the story, obviously, or I would never have gotten through the first chapter. I found myself liking these people and their town and wanting to know what will happen to them in the future and how they will grow and change. This is my first book by Marina Adair, and IF there is a different narrator for her other books, it will definitely not be my last. Unfortunately, I just DO NOT have the time to sit down and read, so if RR is contracted for more books, I will have to pass. This was a Kindle Unlimited Read and Listen for Free title. As such, I am satisfied with being introduced to a new-to-me author. However, had I spent a credit or cash, I'd have to ask for it back due to the heinous narration.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Christmas List

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Chrissie Manby
    • Narrated By Rebecca Courtney
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    Overall
    (14)
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    (12)
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    (12)

    It’s the 1st of December and Milly Arnold is facing a miserable Noel. Newly single, the last thing she wants to do is join her settled sister and her young family for the first of their traditions: the writing of the Christmas lists. However Milly’s nephews have other ideas and insist she write a list of her own (with illustrations to help Father Christmas decipher her terrible handwriting). Milly duly makes a request for a bunch of roses, some chocolate and a new pair of shoes. She doesn’t expect to get any of it. However, that very day, a box of chocolates appears....

    Erin says: "Short, Sweet Christmas Story"
    "Short, Sweet Christmas Story"
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    I liked a lot about this story. I wish it had been a bit more detailed, particularly at the end. Another 5-10 minutes wrapping it up would have earned it another star. I liked the characters and the premise enough to wish this wasn't such a short story. The narrator was OK, not fantastic-not horrific, not good-not bad, just OK. After a couple of recent "horrifics," I'll take OK. It is exactly as advertised, a short Christmas story. With Kindle Unlimited, this was a read and listen for free title.

    Even though I did like it, I don't think I would have spent more than $3 for it, and I definitely would not waste a credit on it. However, it gave me the opportunity to check out a new-to-me author, and I think I'll have to see what else she has available.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Decked with Holly

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Marni Bates
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews, Cassandra Morris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Spending Christmas vacation on a cruise with her two cousins from hell isn't Holly's idea of a good time. And when, in a moment of seasick-fueled desperation, she lurches into an open suite - she's greeted with an eyeful of pepper spray. The culprit? A gorgeous guy calling himself Nick. But when Holly goes to make her exit, she gets the shock of her life: a corridor crammed with screaming teenage fans. Because Nick just happens to be Dominic Wyatt, drummer for ReadySet - one of the hottest bands in America.

    Erin says: "Christmas, Christmas Time is Here...."
    "Christmas, Christmas Time is Here...."
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    First off, the female narrator sounds like a chipmunk. It quickly becomes VERY grating and distracting after being initially laughable. I have teenaged daughters, and if they or their friends sounded like this, I would sit them down and explain to them how having a ridiculous voice will do them no favors in life. The male narrator is OK, definitely nice to get a break from Miss Squeak since she only needs to be endured every other chapter,

    The story itself was lighthearted and cute, but it would have been better if the female lead had been 20ish instead of 17. It is pretty unrealistic that a 17-yo high school student on a family cruise for her grandfather's birthday would be shacking up with a rock star on board the ship without grandpa knowing about it, even if she does have evil-stepsister-like cousins running interference. Plus, WHY would they do that when they hate her? I don't think having the room to themselves is a strong enough motivator. In any case, it is a very unrealistic, "No way that would ever happen" story that had a few cute moments. It's a "throw away" story. I cannot imagine ever wanting to hear it again, so I'm glad I paid almost nothing for it with Kindle Unlimited. Had I paid even $1.99, I'm sorry, but I'd have returned it for a refund.

    I would be totally willing to give the author another chance, but unfortunately, I noticed that Cassandra Morris is the narrator for several of her other books, so again, sorry. I just can't put my ears through it again. It took all my will power to get through the CM chapters.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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