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Ryuhi

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  • The House of Hades: The Heroes of Olympus, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Rick Riordan
    • Narrated By Nick Chamian
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1785)
    Performance
    (1603)
    Story
    (1625)

    At the conclusion of The Mark of Athena, Annabeth and Percy tumble into a pit leading straight to the Underworld. The other five demigods have to put aside their grief and follow Percy's instructions to find the mortal side of the Doors of Death. If they can fight their way through the Gaea's forces, and Percy and Annabeth can survive the House of Hades, then the Seven will be able to seal the Doors from both sides and prevent the giants from raising Gaea. But, Leo wonders, if the Doors are sealed, how will Percy and Annabeth be able to escape?

    amyrex2 says: "I really HATE it when narrators are switched"
    "A terrible choice of narrator"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Sticking with Joshua Swanson, who did a great job with all three previous books, or if impossible, Jesse Bernstein from the Percy Jackson books, or pretty much ANY other narrator.


    How could the performance have been better?

    By being in any sense a performance, this was flat and lifeless from the start and a very bad surprise as I preordered it without paying attention to whether they switched narrators...


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    It is with all likelihood the continuation of a very enjoyable series, in written form or with a different narator.


    Any additional comments?

    Please, this is a best-seller series, DON'T ruin it with bad narration.
    I would gladly buy this book if they released it with a better narrator, but this way, I will have to return it right now and pick up the ebook version instead.

    44 of 44 people found this review helpful
  • The Pack or the Panther: Tales of the Harker Pack

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Tara Lain
    • Narrated By Max Lehnen
    Overall
    (45)
    Performance
    (44)
    Story
    (44)

    Cole Harker, son of an alpha werewolf, is bigger and more powerful than most wolves, tongue-tied in groups, and gay. For 24 years, he's lived to please his family and pack - even letting them promise him in marriage to female werewolf Analiese to secure a pack alliance and help save them from a powerful gangster who wants their land. Cole then meets Analiese's half-brother, panther shifter Paris Marketo, and for the first time, Cole wants something for himself.

    K.S. says: "Horrible narration"
    "Not terrible, but really poor"
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    What disappointed you about The Pack or the Panther?

    Where to start...?
    I generally like werewolf and other shifters, so the general theme was not the problem, but many of those dialogues felt so flat, the sex scenes (with things like elephant cock thrown around like in a teenage fanfiction) seemed unintentionally comical, the parts where the "animal shift thougt process" was described really appeared silly and not like the author really knew too much about animals to start with...
    The villain was a complete disappointment, I could not take him seriously and it seemed ridiculous someone like him could even pose a legitimate threat with his ineptitude.

    ...and many of the twists and turns of the romance felt forced...
    Sorry, but it seemed like only extreme lust could kit that relationship at most parts and that is a bit dull for a romance plot.


    What could Tara Lain have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Rework her conception of werewolves. Seriously, the animal part seemed utterly lacking.
    Make Paris seem more likeable at some parts, add some better reasons for the romantic difficulties instead of him throwing temper tantrums.

    Make Cole actually seem like he is a competent warrior / tactician instead of letting it float around as an informed attribute.
    Make his insecurities come off as a bit more authentic.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Well, the narrator was okay, a bit, quirky maybe in a way, not necessarily a voice I am sure I would want to listen to much...


    Any additional comments?

    The book still manages some nice moments, some of the character interaction is okay, but unless you really must have more werewolf stuff and went through everything else that seems remotely enjoyable, I would not recommend this book.
    There ARE worse shifter stories, but there are also quite a good amount of better ones.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • How to Howl at the Moon

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Eli Easton
    • Narrated By Matthew Shaw
    Overall
    (33)
    Performance
    (33)
    Story
    (33)

    Sheriff Lance Beaufort is not going to let trouble into his town, no sir. Tucked away in the California mountains, Mad Creek has secrets to keep, like the fact that half the town consists of "quickened" - dogs who have gained the ability to become human. Descended on both sides from Border Collies, Lance is as alert a guardian as they come

    Libros Lover says: "Howling With Laughter"
    "Cute, warm and a little bit silly at times"
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    I generally like stories with shifters, werebeasts and all other sorts of part human part animal characters, I also do like classical top/bottom or seme/uke relationships being a gay man who loves big strong masculine guys myself.

    So How to Howl at the Moon really did not disappoint, it has nice parts with the animal sides of the characters (and not overdone in my opinion either despite going for certain dog breed stereotypes), Lance makes a nice top who manages to be both likeable and ending up making some mistakes and Tim is, well, just cute in a awkward, dorky way.

    There are also a couple of likeable side characters in the mix who feel fleshed out enough to complement the leads. I especially liked Lance's mother with her meddling and antics and the fact that, well, in a way, she managed exactly that kind of being flawed but likeable that I do not see too often with mother characters, who tend to be more often either saintly or smothering.

    The sex scenes also were okay, perhaps not steaming hot, but neither awkward, nor too drawn out and definitely nice to listen to.

    I also found the bad guys to have a bit more depth than many m/m romances manage.
    I could especially recognize the type of Marshall, the weak bully trying desperately to keep someone else down.
    It is usually very easy to make a "monster", a mad man, someone utterly alien in hiss evil ways, but just some little words and observations can instead create a bad human being who seems much more real.

    Also, I think the narrator did a very nice job and he has a pleasant voice to listen to, I hope to hear more of him in the future.

    It is a cute and a bit silly m/m romance, but it is a very nice one at that for sure.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Blue Moon Cafe

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Rick R. Reed
    • Narrated By Topher Samuels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (33)
    Performance
    (31)
    Story
    (32)

    Someone - or something - is killing Seattle's gay men. A creature moves through the darkest night, lit only by the full moon, taking them, one by one, from the rain city's gay gathering areas. Someone - or something - is falling in love with Thad Matthews. Against a backdrop of horror and fear, young Thad finds his first true love in the most unlikely of places - a new Italian restaurant called The Blue Moon Cafe. Sam is everything Thad has ever dreamed of in a man: compassionate, giving, handsome, and with brown eyes Thad feels he could sink into.

    kelvin phoenix says: "Howling good"
    "A bit too "normal gay""
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    Would you try another book from Rick R. Reed and/or Topher Samuels?

    I would give both a try, Topher Samuels is in the middle ground of narrators, he does not excel but his voice does not grate on the ears like some readers alas do.
    Rick R. Reed builds most of his ensemble iut of the typicsl gay party goer and bar scene, well, personally, I have more a thing for larger than life characters or plots and am not to much into bears...


    Did Topher Samuels do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Hmh, it was okay, though his Italian pronounciation seemed a bit off to me, unless he was deliberately trying for a Sicilian accent (I don't know how that would sound, but I dare to think it is mostly just the English/American trouble with foreign languages).


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Hah, well, it might actually do okay as a movie, so, why not?


    Any additional comments?

    I thought the book mostly suffers from being a bit too ordinary, if you seek something big and epic with paranormal elements, this is not it.
    The story most likely would have worked well without the werewolf plot, just replacing it with a normal serial killer.
    I felt the whole thing suffered a bit under too little detail and attention being put into things, the characters don't really manage to create true sympathy for them...

    It is not a bad story just, not a good one either, and its likely biggest asset, being a paranormal story that is gay and not m/m did not really catch me and I am gay myself...
    All in all, I really prefer the quirkier, less realistic, dramatic and over the top m/m stories to this.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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