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  • Armed & Dangerous: Cut & Run Series, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Abigail Roux
    • Narrated By Sean Crisden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (214)
    Performance
    (205)
    Story
    (205)

    Left alone in Baltimore after his unpredictable lover bails, Special Agent Zane Garrett takes his frustration out on everything in his path - until he is ordered to Chicago to back up an undercover operative. When he gets there, though, he finds himself face to face with his wayward partner, Special Agent Ty Grady. They have to deal with the uncertainty lingering between them while they work to retrieve their intended mark, a retired hit man and CIA wet-works operative named Julian Cross.

    Riva says: "Addicted to Ty and Zane"
    "Good during narrative, weird character voices"
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    If you could sum up Armed & Dangerous: Cut & Run Series, Book 5 in three words, what would they be?

    Improbable. Fun. Sexy.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Armed & Dangerous: Cut & Run Series, Book 5?

    All the arguments between Ty and Julian. They had better chemistry than Julian and Cameron did in their own book (Warrior's Cross).The part where Ty and Zane met at the airport was memorable, too. As was their outing in the city where they got to act like a normal couple.


    What aspect of Sean Crisden’s performance would you have changed?

    Some of the character voices really grated on my nerves, or should that be ears? Cameron's voice in particular. Holy crap he sounded like he was being strangled or kicked in the balls. While I appreciate the attempt at an Irish accent for Julian, I've been around real Irishmen and they don't sound like that. It's a shame since he did okay with the narrative parts.


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

    I'd read the ebook before, so no. I'd read the book in one sitting. This audiobook was something I just liked listening to while relaxing.


    Any additional comments?

    I wish the rest of the series was available in audiobook format...

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Hot Head

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Damon Suede
    • Narrated By Charlie David
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (303)
    Performance
    (293)
    Story
    (294)

    Since 9/11, Brooklyn firefighter Griff Muir has wrestled with impossible feelings for his best friend and partner at Ladder 181, Dante Anastagio. Unfortunately, Dante is strictly a ladies’ man, and the FDNY isn’t exactly gay-friendly. For ten years, Griff has hidden his heart in a half-life of public heroics and private anguish. Griff’s caution and Dante’s cockiness make them an unbeatable team. To protect his buddy, there’s nothing Griff wouldn’t do… until a nearly bankrupt Dante proposes the worst possible solution: HotHead.com, a gay porn website where uniformed hunks get down and dirty.

    Miss ReadsALot says: "Damon Suede is a hit!"
    "Genitaliia by any other name...."
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    The narrator needs to dial down on his acting. There were times when he grossly over-acted certain dialogue, and times when the changes in the volume of his voice just got irritating. When an author writes that a character 'shouted' I don't need the narrator to actually SHOUT. When a character 'whispers', I don't need the narrator to whisper the dialogue. Why? Because then I wouldn't have to keep adjusting the volume on my listening device.


    What was most disappointing about Damon Suede’s story?

    The overuse of onomatopoeia and metaphors for male genitialia/ejaculation/masturbation. Also, my personal pet peeve... Outlandish adjectives. He kept describing Dante's mouth as a medium rare color. Later on they were 'wine stained'. His eyes are 'scarab black'. His hair is raven black. I almost felt like this was written by Ms Perky (you know that Guidance Counseler Romance Author Wannabe character from 10 Things I Hate About You).


    What didn’t you like about Charlie David’s performance?

    Overacting. Spoke too loud or too soft in some scenes.


    What character would you cut from Hot Head?

    Griff's cannon. Griff's meat. Dante's medium rare lips. No seriously, they were mentioned so many times they might as well have been characters.


    Any additional comments?

    I hear there a sequel. For the love of all that's holy, stop writing the sounds as text. I don't need to see or hear 'scritch scritch' when someone scratches something. I don't need to see or hear 'thump' when someone's listening to someone's heartbeat. And I definitely do not need to see or hear CLICK FLICK CA-CLICK CLICK each time a character snaps a photo. Damn that photoshoot scene was annoying with all those CLICKS.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cherish Your Name: The Warder Series, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Mary Calmes
    • Narrated By Andrew Schwartz
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (66)
    Performance
    (60)
    Story
    (60)

    Malic Sunden is in hell—only not literally... yet. As a warder, Malic is used to fighting demons and squaring off against all kinds of creatures from the pit, but this year he’s facing a new and terrifying prospect: Christmas holidays with his much-younger boyfriend and his family. He loves Dylan, his hearth, but Dylan’s parents, the Shaws, are another story. They think Malic is a cradle-robber, among other things. At least their neighbor, Brad, seems to like him. Then again, maybe not....

    JC says: "This was narrated by Paul Morey, not Schwartz."
    "This was narrated by Paul Morey, not Schwartz."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I only recommend this for people who've read the first 5 books or at least the second book since you have to at least know how Malic and Dylan met.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Mary Calmes? Why or why not?

    I've already read several of her books, so yes. As long as the narrator isn't Andrew Schwartz.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When Malic was ensnared within the Demon's trap.


    Who was the most memorable character of Cherish Your Name and why?

    Ryan. Simply because he's my favorite warder and wasn't even featured a lot in his own book.


    Any additional comments?

    The metadata for this audiobook is incorrect. It says it was narrated by Andrew Schwartz, it wasn't. This was narrated by Paul Morey who is a million times better. If you hated the narrator in the first 4 books, don't worry... This was not done by Schwartz.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Shattered Glass

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Dani Alexander
    • Narrated By Joseph Northton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (135)
    Performance
    (128)
    Story
    (128)

    Austin Glass seems to have it all: a loving fiancée, a future with the FBI, and a healthy-sized trust fund. At least on the surface. He also has a grin and a wisecrack for every situation. But the smile he presents to the world hides a painful past he’s buried too deeply to remember, and his quips mask bitterness and insecurity. Austin has himself and most of the whole world fooled - until he meets a redhead in a pair of bunny slippers.

    Candateshia Pafford says: "AWESOME!"
    "I didn't expect this to be as funny as it was"
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    Where does Shattered Glass rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I'd put it in the top 5. Great narrator, and some of the thoughts in Austin Glass' head had me in stitches.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Shattered Glass?

    The first time Austin Glass saw Peter in his bunny slippers. A guy who looks like a model, with tattoos and body piercings, wearing pink bunny slippers. It's just an image that sticks in your mind.


    Which character – as performed by Joseph Northton – was your favorite?

    Peter. The southern drawl was nice.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It made me laugh. A lot. Sometimes just from the chapter / scene break headings.


    Any additional comments?

    I wish the next books in this series would be released soon. It's been, what? Two years since this first book was released? Also hope the rest of the books will have audiobook versions with the same narrator.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tooth and Nail

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Mary Calmes
    • Narrated By Andrew Schwartz
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (116)
    Performance
    (108)
    Story
    (109)

    Nineteen-year-old Dylan Shaw is possibly the most beautiful thing Malic Sunden has ever seen. After Malic rescues Dylan from an attack, Dylan makes it very clear that he is more than interested, but Malic won’t even consider sleeping with Dylan because of his age. Malic is sure he’s not good enough for Dylan, who has his whole life ahead of him, and can’t conceive of burdening Dylan with his secrets. But the darkness in Malic’s life won’t be denied, and soon Dylan is drawn into the dangerous paranormal world that is Malic’s reality.

    N. Houghton says: "Dreamspinner Readers are So Inconsistent!"
    "Still the worst narrator... Ever. :("
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The narrator.


    What other book might you compare Tooth and Nail to and why?

    Well, not a book but a graphic novel. Yami no Matsuei. Why? Because of the paranormal elements and the fact that the characters seem modeled after Japanese manga/anime characters. Also maybe Megan Derr's Dance with the Devil series.


    What didn’t you like about Andrew Schwartz’s performance?

    Everything. It was just so, so, so frigging hard to listen to. It was just extremely unpleasant. No emotion, rushing through the narrative, weird intonation, misplaced or missing emphasis, lack of appropriate pauses, no differentiation between character voices which is important with this author because she doesn't put tags in a lot of her dialogue so unless you have the actual book/ebook open you'll find it almost impossible to discern who the hell is talking.


    Did Tooth and Nail inspire you to do anything?

    It inspired me to never, ever buy another audiobook narrated by Andrew Schwatrz.


    Any additional comments?

    Release this audiobook again with a better narrator and I'd be more than happy to buy it again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Parting Shot: A Matter of Time, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Mary Calmes
    • Narrated By Tristan James
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (101)
    Performance
    (95)
    Story
    (96)

    Life has never been easy for Duncan Stiel. His childhood was the stuff of nightmares, and his day job as an undercover police officer forces him to hide his true self and occasionally lands him in the hospital. So when he finally meets the perfect man, it comes as no surprise that everything falls apart around him. What Duncan doesn't expect is that the hardest hurdle to get over before he can make a life with Aaron Sutter is the one inside himself.

    Candateshia Pafford says: "Ah...may...zing!"
    "Loved the narrator."
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Parting Shot to be better than the print version?

    I'd have to say yes in this case. The narrator did a great job bringing Duncan Stiel to life and a lot of the time it really felt like you were actually sitting there, listening to this guy telling his story.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Parting Shot?

    When Duncan was hurt and Aaron broke their cover because of it.
    Also, the moment Duncan unintentionally declared his love for Aaron while they were stuck in the security tower.


    Which character – as performed by Tristan James – was your favorite?

    Duncan Stiel.


    Who was the most memorable character of Parting Shot and why?

    Duncan Stiel. He's just such an interesting guy. Tough, but sweet. Powerful and dominant on the surface, but submissive behind closed doors. He's a lot more interesting than Jory was.


    Any additional comments?

    I kind of wish this narrator could have done the a Warder series...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • His Hearth

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Mary Calmes
    • Narrated By Andrew Schwartz
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (96)
    Performance
    (87)
    Story
    (91)

    Julian Nash should be excited: he’s just earned a huge promotion at work and is going out to celebrate. But his happiness fades when he discovers his date cheating on him an hour before. Suddenly alone when everyone knows he’s supposed to have a plus one, Julian is set for a long night until longtime acquaintance Ryan Dean bails him out of the embarrassing situation. During dinner, they discover they have more than just friendship between them: there is mutual admiration and heated attraction.

    Marcy Shane says: "Great Series"
    "Worst narrator I've ever encountered so far."
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I would recommend the ebook or paperback, sure. The audiobook? No.
    The story was,interesting and had likable characters. I don't want to spoil the twist, but if you've watched some Japanese anime - namely something like Mirage of Blaze or Yami no Matsuei, then this would probably be something you'd enjoy.

    I don't recommend the audiobook because the narrator was atrocious. I only got it because it was discounted when I purchased the ebook (now I know why!). He read the story with ZERO emotion, no distinction between character voices, barreled through punctuation (seriously, I was imagining commas, semi colons, periods all lying on the ground like road kill), barely took a breath between words, and just had this really unpleasant accent (sounded like a mix of New York/New Jersey with Boston mixed in - whatever it was it grated on my nerves). Also, there was this really weird thing where the recording seemed to fluctuate in volume. In some parts seemed to fade out which was annoying. And the audio didn't sound as clear as others I've listened to. Just bad production quality all around.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Julian. I have a thing for somewhat nerdy characters with inner alphas. And I thought he handled the 'revelation' pretty well. Also, hard not to like a character who watched Buffy the Vampire Slayer (TV Show, not the movie).


    What didn’t you like about Andrew Schwartz’s performance?

    Everything. No seriously, there was no saving grace with this performance. If you need an example of how not no narrate a book, this is it.


    Was His Hearth worth the listening time?

    I'd have to say no. I now have to read the ebook version to wipe the memory of this audio from my brain.


    Any additional comments?

    Re-do this with a different narrator and I'd be more than happy to buy it again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • But for You: A Matter of Time, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Mary Calmes
    • Narrated By Finn Sterling
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (110)
    Performance
    (101)
    Story
    (105)

    Jory Harcourt is finally living the dream. Being married to US Marshal Sam Kage has changed him - it's settled the tumult of their past and changed Jory from a guy who bails at the first sign of trouble to a man who stays and weathers the storm. He and Sam have two kids, a house in the burbs, and a badass minivan. Jory's days of being an epicenter for disaster are over. Domestic life is good.

    Riva says: "Ahhh . . . domestic bliss for Sam and Jory"
    "Better narrator than the last book."
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    What did you like about this audiobook?

    The narrator was almost perfect and really brought Jory to life. I was a bit worried during the first chapter when he sounded too much like the stereotypical gay characters from Hollywood, but that faded as the story progressed and the way he did Sam's voice was the best out of all the narrators in this series.


    How has the book increased your interest in the subject matter?

    Well it made me want to buy more of the author's books.


    Does the author present information in a way that is interesting and insightful, and if so, how does he achieve this?

    'She' did a great job getting me interested in these characters' lives. And cured my usual dislike of 1st person POV narrative.


    What did you find wrong about the narrator's performance?

    The way he did the voices of women and children could use a lot of improvement. They were grating/annoying.


    Do you have any additional comments?

    I liked Finn's performance and hope he narrates more books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Timing (Gay Romance)

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Mary Calmes
    • Narrated By Sean Crisden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (227)
    Performance
    (158)
    Story
    (156)

    Stefan Joss just can't win. Not only does he have to go to Texas in the middle of summer to be the man of honor in his best friend Charlotte's wedding, but he's expected to negotiate a million-dollar business deal at the same time. Worst of all, he’s thrown for a loop when he arrives to see the one man Charlotte promised wouldn’t be there: her brother, Rand Holloway.

    Laurie says: "An amazing story!"
    "Some of the characters sounded like Muppets....."
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The way the narrator did the character voices. I mean, Stef was okay but ye gads Rand just sounded goofy so I couldn't take him seriously and some of the characters just sounded ridiculous. Namely Ben. He sounded like Grover. And the women... *shudder*


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The whole enemies to lovers thing was the most interesting thing about it. The least interesting aspect was the 'secret' Charlotte was keeping.


    What didn’t you like about Sean Crisden’s performance?

    The voices were grating. He read the narrative passages okay, but the voices he used for some of the characters was just unpleasant. If I'd met people who sounded like that in real life, I'd either walk away or slap them.


    Did Timing (Gay Romance) inspire you to do anything?

    I don't know. Live on a ranch maybe?


    Any additional comments?

    Get rid of the 'Gay Romance' text in the title. I doesn't need to be there.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bulletproof: A Matter of Time, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Mary Calmes
    • Narrated By Jeff Gelder
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (141)
    Performance
    (135)
    Story
    (137)

    Jory Harcourt doesn't have to go looking for trouble. Wherever he goes, it seems to find him - particularly when his partner, Sam Kage, is working undercover on a federal task force. After the recession forces him to close his business, Jory goes to work as a matchmaker and event planner. From there, it's only a matter of time before his big mouth and up-front attitude make him the rope in a tug-of-war between a trust-fund baby and a drug-smuggling criminal.

    Riva says: "Great book, poor narration"
    "Would have been better with a different narrator."
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I would change the narrator. He has a nice voice, but his inflections at the end of sentences was a bit irritating. You know that thing where some people talk like each sentence is a question? That's how it sounded to me. Sentences that do not end with a question mark sounded like it did. Also, there was very little variation between character voices which made it difficult to tell which character was speaking in scenes where there are several characters talking and there weren't narrative clues like 'x said' then 'y said'.

    Other annoyances were how the narrator spoke too fast, where he stumbled a few times and repeated some words or seemed like he was about to say something else.


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

    Less of the whole 'Everybody Loves Jory' thing. It was getting really tiresome with how everyone just loooooooves Jory, wanted to sleep with him, or look like him, how everyone just kept telling him how beautiful, perfect, etc. he is. It would have been nice if Sam Kage had more scenes rather than all those random characters.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Jeff Gelder’s performances?

    Not unless he can change the way he narrates. Don't talk as fast, don't end sentences like they're questions when they aren't. Or having weird pauses within a sentence. He actually did Sam's voice pretty well, which is what stopped this from getting 1 star for performance.


    Did Bulletproof inspire you to do anything?

    Nope. Not really that kind of book.


    Any additional comments?

    I wouldn't mind buying this again if they got the same narrator that did the first 2 books (Morey) to re-do this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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