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Mary

Houston, TX | Member Since 2010

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  • Atlantis Rising: Warriors of Poseidon, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Alyssa Day
    • Narrated By Joshua Swanson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (262)
    Performance
    (208)
    Story
    (207)

    Eleven thousand years ago, before the seas swallowed the Atlanteans, Poseidon assigned a few chosen warriors to act as sentinels for humans in the new world. There was only one rule - desiring them was forbidden. But rules were made to be broken.

    Ducky says: "VERY HAPPY TO SEE (HEAR) ALYSSA DAY ON AUDIBLE!!!"
    "A little goofy"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you like best about Atlantis Rising? What did you like least?

    I liked the hotness of the man-crew that is the warriors of Poseidon, but the dialogue and writing just isn't natural. I'm happy to suspend my beliefs for fantasy romance, but this guy's voices are so silly. Between that and the crappy dialogue, it just isn't believable. It isn't the worst I've had, but it wasn't for me. I won't be reading the next.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Better voices especially for Conlin and all the bad guys. So goofy.


    Was Atlantis Rising worth the listening time?

    Kinda.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Nice Girls Don't Have Fangs: Jane Jameson, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Molly Harper
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5614)
    Performance
    (4322)
    Story
    (4331)

    Maybe it was the Shenanigans gift certificate that put her over the edge. When children's librarian and self-professed nice girl Jane Jameson is fired by her beastly boss and handed $25 in potato skins instead of a severance check, she goes on a bender that's sure to become Half Moon Hollow legend. On her way home, she's mistaken for a deer, shot, and left for dead.

    Sandra Ross says: "Laugh-out Loud Funny"
    "Funny but not all that sexy"
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    Performance
    Story

    Molly Harper is without question a talented comedic writer and I laughed out loud more than a few times when I listended to this one. Gabriel was the character I had the most issues with - - I just wanted the character to be more developed and I wanted to WANT them to be together. I didn't really care if they were together and I didn't even think Gabriel was particularly sexy. I don't even remember a great description of what he looked like.

    While I did like the Jane Jameson character that the narrator created, I just didn't think she did anything for me in terms of the other characters. Her male characters all sound exactly the same, which also sounds like Jane Jameson's "angry" voice.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Patient Zero: The Joe Ledger Novels, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Jonathan Maberry
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3956)
    Performance
    (3300)
    Story
    (3292)

    When you have to kill the same terrorist twice in one week there’s either something wrong with your world or something wrong with your skills - and there’s nothing wrong with Joe Ledger’s skills. And that’s both a good and a bad thing. It’s good because he’s a Baltimore detective who has just been secretly recruited by the government to lead a new task force created to deal with the problems that Homeland Security can’t handle....

    Kim Venatries says: "Yes! It IS that good. Five stars and more."
    "Bit of a slow start, but then EXPLOSIVE!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I feel similarly about Stephen King - - craploads of build up only to get to the set-up that I already knew would come, based simply on reading the back of the book! It took 3 hours of listening before Ledger actually agrees to join the DMS... that bugged me. But once this story took off (Room 12...) it was spectacular. Non-stop party. LOVED IT!

    And this narrator is unbelievable. Best I've ever heard.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Darkness Dawns: Immortal Guardians Series #1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Dianne Duvall
    • Narrated By Kirsten Potter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1675)
    Performance
    (1501)
    Story
    (1508)

    Once, Sarah Bingham's biggest challenge was making her students pay attention in class. Now, after rescuing a wounded stranger, she's landed in the middle of a battle between corrupt vampires and powerful immortals who also need blood to survive. Roland Warbrook is the most compelling man Sarah has ever laid hands on. But his desire for her is mingled with a hunger he can barely control...

    Amazon Customer says: "Not bad"
    "Fun and Sexy"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I really love this narrator -- she really made the book for me. The book checked the boxes that I look to check when I'm reading/listening to a romance novel: I liked the female lead and found her both intelligent and believable; the world the author created is both intriguing and adheres to a reasonable set of rules; the romance is sexy and I wait for it impatiently!

    I still give this book full marks, but I have to say -- a band of Prius-driving immortal guardians of mankind who consume, exclusively, organic produce and chicken? Come on! I'm down with this sort of doctrine in real life but to have these two lead characters connect over a delicious organic goat cheese pizza? I don't know, it just isn't very manly I guess. A bit silly. It's a relatively minimally present theme in the story so I'm not THAT bothered by it.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Dark Seduction

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Brenda Joyce
    • Narrated By Marguerite Jennings
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (453)
    Performance
    (133)
    Story
    (139)

    Malcolm of Dunroch is a newly chosen Master, a novice with extraordinary and dangerous powers. But he has alreadybroken his vows, and a young woman's death is on his hands. Malcolm is determined to fight his darkest desires, denying himself all pleasure until fate sends him another Innocent, the beautiful book-seller Claire Camden.

    cadascho says: "Would love to hear another narrator do this one!"
    "Horrible narrator, so-so story, horrible heroine"
    Overall

    Marguerite Jennings actually embarassed me, she was such a bad narrator. Her voice for Claire was absolutely idiotic - - the character Claire was poorly written to begin with, but the narrator made her even more of an idiot than she already was. She was helpless and stupid, frankly. The hero was sexy and super enjoyable to read about, but Claire wasn't nearly likeable enough to believe that Malcolm would fall for her.

    The story was pretty easy to follow and I definitely was interested in what would happen next, but Claire was distractingly dumb, without a doubt.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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