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Talevich

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Tustin, CA United States | Member Since 2013

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  • Fury of Fire: Dragonfury, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Coreene Callahan
    • Narrated By Benjamin L. Darcie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1382)
    Performance
    (1245)
    Story
    (1260)

    A clandestine race of half-dragon, half-humans known as dragon-shifters lives among us. Bastian, leader of the Nightfury dragon clan, is sworn to protect humankind at all costs. For him, honor and duty always come first. When the clan dictates he take a human mate to sire a son, he falters, aware that for a human to birth a dragon-shifter she must die. Myst, the woman given into his care, is the most extraordinary he’s ever met, and though he can’t bear the thought of harming her, he is bound by duty.

    Teresa says: "The good, the bad and the ugly."
    "Rapey, Repetatively Redundant Hyperbolic Hyperbole"
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    What disappointed you about Fury of Fire?

    Even for a romance novel, this author's use of hyperbole was eye-rolling. Literally. She also used so MUCH slang her characters THOUGHT in slang. Does anyone really think "OMG" as an acronym in their own heads? It was annoying how often the heroine described herself (over and over) as strong and "take-no-prisoners" but all she said or did was squeak and run like a mouse. Anyone in her situation should be just plain scared. So all the descriptions of the heroine as brave seemed like a smoke screen to make this very traditional tale of male dominance more palatable to the modern emancipated (and apparently moronic) woman. Part of this effect might have been the constantly-breathless high-pitched portrayal of the heroine by the male narrator who, otherwise, did a great job. (Part of the appeal of this book is that the narrator is male--unusual for a romance.) The icing on this poo cake was the worn-out romance-novel dominance-submission script that not only approached but perhaps actually arrived at "rapey." SPOILER: The heroine is, in fact, impregnated against her will, which in the story is a death sentence, then takes about 3 pages to get over it and sell the rest of her (short) life into captivity to be with the perpetrator because he is her soul mate..because, apparently, whether or not someone is your soul mate has nothing to do with how they treat you.If you read/hear this novel and don't find this aspect disturbing then I recommend the self-help book Attached as you probably have an anxious attachment style.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Slave to Sensation: Psy-Changeling Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Nalini Singh
    • Narrated By Angela Dawe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1681)
    Performance
    (1381)
    Story
    (1398)

    Nalini Singh dives into a world torn apart by a powerful race with phenomenal powers of the mind - and none of the heart. Born a Psy, Sascha Duncan must hide the emotions that mark her as flawed. But a passionate Changeling will tempt her to reveal everything - and risk her very soul.

    Diana says: "Better than I remember."
    "Good start to a great series."
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    Any additional comments?

    I've heard the first 4 books so far. This first book in the series was very good for a romance. The second was sadly cliche both in the dominant-submissive romance dynamic and authors choice of words. But Book 1 was strong enough that I was still willing to try books 3 & 4 and the series just keeps getting better. The author keeps using the words "dominant male" and "possess" but the actual dynamics are sophisticated and modern.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Visions of Heat: Psy-Changeling Series, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Nalini Singh
    • Narrated By Angela Dawe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1067)
    Performance
    (887)
    Story
    (883)

    Hailed as a major talent in paranormal romance, Nalini Singh takes us deeper into the world of the Psy and the changelings in her latest extraordinary novel, where a gifted woman sees passion in her future---a passion that is absolutely forbidden by her kind. In danger from the Psy, Faith NightStar's fragile sanity will be tested by an all-consuming passion for a changeling who can take the form of man or jaguar.

    Sandra says: "Book Two of a New Series!"
    "Author got lazy on this one. Skip to Book 3."
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    Would you try another book from Nalini Singh and/or Angela Dawe?

    Yes, and I did. Book 3 in the series makes a come-back.


    If you’ve listened to books by Nalini Singh before, how does this one compare?

    Her first book was refreshingly for the romance genre. But her 2nd book fell into the old romance formula cliche of the independent-yet-helpless female meets dominant male. Her over-use and occasionally mis-use of the word "fury" was laughable. But I liked book 1 enough to read book 3 anyway and it did make a come-back.


    Have you listened to any of Angela Dawe’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    She does the range of male and female voices very well.


    What would have made this romance irresistible?

    Great world.


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