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Shannon

AUSTIN, TX, United States | Member Since 2008

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  • 17 reviews
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  • Touch of Darkness

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Christina Dodd
    • Narrated By Richard Ferrone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (253)
    Performance
    (188)
    Story
    (193)

    Golden Heart and RITA Award winner Christina Dodd is universally hailed for her engaging characters and sultry romances. In Touch of Darkness, shapeshifter Rurik Wilder is in a position to redeem himself after a lifetime of killing for profit. There is only one problem: the beguiling reporter Tasya Hunnicutt. She is hunting for the group of assassins who killed her family, and nothing will get in her way—not even love.

    Kristi says: "Keep Them Coming Please!!!"
    "Story fine, narration not so great"
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    I thought this story was alright, but I always struggle listening to Richard Ferone's attempt at doing female voices. They end up sounding like nasally, whining, highly annoying women, which makes it difficult to really embrace the main character. I've found this to be true in other books he narrates as well; he does men fine, but makes the women sound so gratingly obnoxious that it takes a concerted effort to continue listening.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Trying to Score: Assassins Series, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Toni Aleo
    • Narrated By Lucy Malone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (77)
    Performance
    (70)
    Story
    (70)

    Fallon Parker's dream has always been to turn her family's wine company into a runaway success and eventually start a cellar of her own. Since graduating from college, she has worked relentlessly to make that dream a reality, especially after taking a chance on love - and losing. By the time Fallon becomes an official sponsor of the Nashville Assassins, she feels like all her hard work is finally paying off. And then the man who broke her heart skates back into her life.

    Jordy says: "Another enjoyable hockey romance"
    "Most annoying heroine ever"
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    I like this author, and the series. But this particular heroine drove me up the wall with her bitchiness, whining, and never-ending negativity. I couldn't root for her at all; I just wanted the hero to dump her and find someone else! I wanted to have compassion for her - I tried, I really did - but she was too far gone for me to even like. Sorry. I had a hard time finishing this one. Bummed me out. I am feeling a little cautious about even checking the next one out.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Les Misérables: Translated by Julie Rose

    • UNABRIDGED (60 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Victor Hugo, Julie Rose (translator)
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    Overall
    (974)
    Performance
    (842)
    Story
    (850)

    One of the great classics of world literature and the inspiration for the most beloved stage musical of all time, Les Misérables is legendary author Victor Hugo’s masterpiece. This extraordinary English version by renowned translator Julie Rose captures all the majesty and brilliance of Hugo’s work. Here is the timeless story of the quintessential hunted man—Jean Valjean—and the injustices, violence, and social inequalities that torment him.

    Darwin8u says: "!"
    "The story that goes on forever..."
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    ...I guess I can't, in all fairnes, say this, since I flat quit listening about halfway through the book. After 30+ hours of listening, I just couldn't bring myself to sacrifice another 30 hours of my life to Victor Hugo. I can't honestly report anything terrible about his writing; I know this is considered a classic, and to some, one of the best pieces of literature ever penned. I just don't possess the patience any more to wait for the story to continue to build. As others have said, Hugo's ramblings about certain topics, that truly have no bearing on the story he is trying to tell, go on for way too long. The narrator was great, and I had no issues with his performance. But, for those of you out there who've seen the recent movie or the broadway performance and want to know more, my advice to you is to stick with the visual mediums. Perhaps an abridged version would be better, although I usually shun abridgements; I may have been more satisfied if I'd made an exception in this case. Way, way, way too long for this girl!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Marketplace

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Laura Antoniou
    • Narrated By Elizabeth Jasicki
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (182)
    Performance
    (166)
    Story
    (166)

    In The Marketplace, the first book of the series, follow the trials and tribulations of four aspiring slaves as they undergo training hoping to be accepted into the secret underground society of masters and slaves known as the Marketplace. Under the firm hand of Grendel, the sharp eye of Alexandra, and the painful leather strap in the hands of Chris, these men and women will find some of their hardest challenges come from within themselves.

    Deanna says: "Superb Reader/Actor"
    "A real eye opener"
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    Any additional comments?

    Wow. This was my first read regarding the BDSM lifestyle, except for the Fifty Shades trilogy, which is incredibly tame compared to this. All I can say is, be prepared for NC-17 graphic stuff here. I believe this book was well written, and having listened to it instead of reading it, I didn't get thrown by the glaring grammatical errors that many readers complained about in the print version. The narrator did a spectacular job at consistently nailing the myriad of different characters' voices, which could not have been easy. The one piece I wasn't crazy about was that this setting was somewhere in the United States (I believe), but everyone in the house had British accents. I was willing to overlook this though because, otherwise, the narration was spot on. The only thing that bothered me about this story was simply my lack of understanding as to why any human soul would crave this type of lifestyle. I cannot fathom a desire for abuse, degradation, submission, and the voluntary relinquishing of one's will. I just don't get it. And I don't mean an occasional role playing game; I mean a desire to live a completely submissive life of slavery. The incessant physical pain, shame, and humiliation that these people willingly submit to is completely mind-blowing to me. I'm not sure I would ever be able to understand why any human spirit would be drawn to this. All that being said, whether this happens in real life or not, this author had me believing it was true for these individuals. I tip my hat to her.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • It's All Greek to Me

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Katie MacAlister
    • Narrated By Felicity Munroe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (103)
    Performance
    (93)
    Story
    (95)

    Billionaire Greek playboy Iakovos Papaioannou knew his sister hired her favorite band to perform at her birthday party. He's just not sure how their six-foot tall, wild-haired, tempestuous manager has already ended up in his bed-and in his heart. Eglantine "Harry" Knight is so not his type. She's as infuriating as she is intriguing, and she's can't keep her hands off of him. But she just may be the woman who knocks him off the world's most eligible bachelor list for good....

    Shannon says: "More fun than I expected"
    "More fun than I expected"
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    There were only a few reviews of this book when I decided to give it a chance, and they weren't necessarily good reviews. I have to say, I was completely delighted with this little gem. So what if there wasn't enough angst or evil or bad guys? It was still a light-hearted, fun read. I suppose if you came into it with different expectations, you might be let down. Me? I wanted to be entertained by escaping through a fun romantic story, and my expectations were more than fulfilled. I had to go back and listen to several parts twice, because I laughed so hard the first time through! It was just as enjoyable the 2nd time, too. I don't think this is a Young Adult book at all, like one reviewer commented; there were plenty of rollicking sexual encounters to satisfy my needs, and I certainly wouldn't want my teenage daughters reading it yet! You will enjoy this if you give it a chance.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Dark Prince: Author's Cut Special Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Christine Feehan
    • Narrated By Abby Craden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (626)
    Performance
    (505)
    Story
    (510)

    A telepathic hunter of serial killers, Raven Whitney helps to catch some of the most depraved criminals. But her work keeps her from getting close to others, and has drained her body and spirit. In need of rest and rejuvenation, she embarks for a vacation far from home. Mikhail Dubrinsky is the prince of the Carpathians, the powerful leader of a wise and secret ancient race that thrives in the night. From the moment they meet, Raven and Mikhail are helpless to resist the desire that sparks between them. But just as fate unexpectedly brings these life mates together, malevolent forces threaten to destroy them.

    julie says: "Utterly Supurb!!!"
    "Induces excessive eye rolling"
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    Although I have enjoyed other books written by Christine Feehan, I couldn't recommend this to anyone. It was honestly difficult to finish. I think the storyline had great potential, but unfortunately, the main characters never gained appeal to me. At first I thought it was just the narrator's voice for Raven (the female protagonist) that was grating on my nerves, but after a while, I realized it was just the character herself. If there was a stupid choice to be made, Raven predictably made it every time. Trying to understand her reasoning (her compassion for others, her belief in free will, etc.) didn't help at all. She came across as ridiculous damsel, who was always in distress. And the male lead, as attractive as he was written, lost some of his appeal to me, because of his willingness to cater to and coddle such a dolt! So disappointed. Don't waste your credit here. If you want to listen to Christine Feehan, I'd recommend the Ghostwalker series over this.

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • The Rogue Hunter

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Lynsay Sands
    • Narrated By Rick Robertson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (411)
    Performance
    (266)
    Story
    (267)

    Samantha Willan is a workaholic lawyer. She’s grateful for some rest and relaxation in cottage country, and after a recent breakup she wants to stay as far away from romance as possible. Then she meets her irresistible new neighbor. There’s something strange and mysterious about his eyes. Is it just her imagination, or are they locked on her neck?

    Michele says: "Well told!"
    "Story so-so, narration not even that good"
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    What would have made The Rogue Hunter better?

    The narrator's voice for men was almost identical to his voice for women. It was awful! Plus, he paused for way too long, way too often, and it was just awkward. I'm not a fan.


    What could Lynsay Sands have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    The author could have made the characters less one-dimensional. Perhap I would have cared about them more. Plus, for being centuries-old vampires, it was amazing how ignorant they were and how many stupid decisions they made. They should be far wiser, having walked the earth for hundreds of years, and yet it's as if they've never encountered humans before and haven't thought anything through. I just couldn't buy into it.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Natural Born Charmer

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Susan Elizabeth Phillips
    • Narrated By Anna Fields
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1524)
    Performance
    (687)
    Story
    (686)

    Dean Robillard is the Chicago Stars' hotshot quarterback. Not only does he have lightening reflexes on the field, he is also utterly gorgeous. First seen in the critically acclaimed Match Me If You Can, Dean is trying to recover (both mentally and physically) from a shoulder injury by taking a road trip. Along the way he meets Blue, a beautiful woman down on her luck, and as they spend more time together their attraction grows.

    MSEreads says: "Another CHARMER from SEP!"
    "My favorite SEP book"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Natural Born Charmer to be better than the print version?

    Yes - Anna Fields' narration is so spectacular, and she gives the great characters even more life than Phillips!


    What did you like best about this story?

    The perpetual sarcastic back-and-forth between Blue and Dean; even though I've listened to this book numerous times, I still giggle when I listen to the two of them spar. And, of course, the opening scene in this book is one of my favorite opening scenes in any book I've ever read!


    Which character ??? as performed by Anna Fields ??? was your favorite?

    Tough choice: either Dean, Blue, or minor character Nita Garrison.


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

    Absolutely!


    Any additional comments?

    This is seriously my favorite romance book ever written. A close second is SEP's

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • It Had to Be You

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Susan Elizabeth Phillips
    • Narrated By Anna Fields
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1254)
    Performance
    (645)
    Story
    (644)

    It's Dan Calebow's worst nightmare: Phoebe Somerville, a trendy New York knockout, inherits the Chicago Stars, the football team he coaches. And she wants to help him run it. Phoebe's sure he needs her. He's a sexist good-ol'-boy jock with a one-track mind. Surely she can straighten him out.

    bluebelle says: "Classic Susan Elizabeth Philips"
    "One of SEP' top two books ever!"
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    I have listened to this book a number of times, and it never disappoints. I adore the main characters, and this is a fantastic start to Phillips Chicago Stars series. I hope she continues it!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Envy: A Novel of the Fallen Angels

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By J.R. Ward
    • Narrated By Eric G Dove
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1032)
    Performance
    (916)
    Story
    (929)

    As the son of a serial killer, homicide detective Thomas “Veck” DelVecchio, Jr., grew up in the shadow of evil. Now, on the knife-edge between civic duty and blind retribution, he atones for the sins of his father - while fighting his inner demons. Assigned to monitor Veck is Internal Affairs officer Sophia Reilly, whose interest in him is both professional and arousingly personal. And Veck and Sophia have another link: Jim Heron, a mysterious stranger with too many answers. When Veck and Sophia are drawn into the ultimate battle, their fallen angel savior is the only one standing between them and eternal damnation....

    Leesa says: "So good!"
    "Fallen Angels series is still good"
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    I have really enjoyed listening to JR Ward's Fallen Angel series. Definitely start at the beginning, though, so you can better understand what's going on. I had moments of laughing out loud, as well as moments with tears streaming down my cheeks, as I listened to this one. I would caution those who have issues with the F word, homosexuality, and occasional but somewhat graphic sex scenes. That being said, though, I am truly enjoying the relationships Ward is developing with her characters, and look forward to the next in the series. Eric Dove does a fine job at narration, too. After listening to the first two in the series, I highly recommend you snatch this one right up!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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