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Teri

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  • Plague of the Dead: The Morningstar Strain, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Z. A. Recht
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    Overall
    (1906)
    Performance
    (1365)
    Story
    (1368)

    The end begins with a viral outbreak unlike anything mankind has ever encountered before. The infected are subject to delirium, fever, a dramatic increase in violent behavior, and a one-hundred percent mortality rate. Death. But it doesn't end there. The victims return from death to walk the earth. When a massive military operation fails to contain the plague of the living dead it escalates into a global pandemic.

    Big Art says: "Makes my top 10 Zombie Stories of all time!!"
    "Good, not the best, but good."
    Overall

    The story was a near perfect setting for the beginning of a zombie apocalyse. It had enough medical information to make it scary and attention grabbing (as if this could happen). It keep the action coming (though it took awhile to get through all the IMs in the first of the book) and you never really knew what was going to happen to a lot of the characters (still surprised that that character was infected and killed). The narrator was good, and he sounded like he did a good job of giving all the characters' different voices (and the accents was excellent). The only problem I thought was that some of the actions by the characters in the story did not make too much sense. Why torture the reporter for information if you had the doctor who told you all you wanted to know? If you did not see a soul alive and moving in a small town during a time of "war", why commit your whole troop to entering the town, going in blind? Why risk trained personel to go and get 3 so-called fugitives when you know the city is over-run with the infected and have a high probability of being noticed by said infected? But other than that, the book was really good and kept me so interested that I bought the next book.

    10 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • HeartMate: Celta, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Robin D. Owens
    • Narrated By Noah Michael Levine
    Overall
    (64)
    Performance
    (62)
    Story
    (61)

    All his life, Rand T’Ash has looked forward to meeting his HeartMate, with whom he could begin a family. Once a street tough, now a respected nobleman and artisan, he has crafted the perfect HeartGift, which, in the custom of the psychically gifted population of the planet Celta, is the way a man finds—and attracts—his wife… Danith Mallow is irresistibly drawn to the magnificent necklace on display in T’Ash’s shop, but she is wary of its creator, despite an overpowering attraction. In a world where everyone is defined by their psychic ability, Danith has little, placing her at the opposite end of the social spectrum from T’Ash. But T’Ash refuses to accept her rejection and sees it as a challenge instead. They are HeartMates, but can T’Ash persuade his beloved to accept her destiny by his side?

    Elizabeth says: "Finally!"
    "Requires Ibprophen to listen."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Was the story written that way, stilted and unemotional? Or is the narrator a robot? The narrator was so mechanical, there was no flow or life to the story. And eventually, I started to get a headache, literally. After a couple hours (and a couple of pills), I still couldn't pay attention to the story to say whether it was good or not. I think I'll try the written version instead.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bewitching

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Jill Barnett
    • Narrated By Anne Johnstonbrown
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (87)
    Performance
    (77)
    Story
    (76)

    What's a duke to do when a carefully selected bride rejects him rather than marry without love? He salvages his pride by marrying the next woman who falls into his arms. Joyous Fiona MacQuarrie bewitched the Duke of Belmore the moment she appeared from nowhere and knocked him over...literally. Joyous MacQuarrie is a Scottish witch whose powers of white magic are not always easy for her to control. When Alec's pride makes him choose to marry her, Joy turns the life of the most serious and snobbish duke in England upside down.

    Marian says: "One Of My Old Favorites Now in Audiobook Form"
    "A Tale of an Air Head"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    It was probably meant to be charming and funny, but the author portraying the main female character as a flighty dim wit was beyond annoying. It followed the same path as so many others who did versions of the same theme (Clueless idiot tries to help, but make matters worse. Doesn't learn so does the same thing that made it worse over and over again). Writing this as a regency romance with a little magic did nothing to interest me into finding out what happens to the characters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Resolution: Alaskan Undead Apocalypse, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Sean Schubert
    • Narrated By Daniel May
    Overall
    (13)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (13)

    Finding the Whittier tunnel barred, separating the small city from the rest of Alaska and possibly from the undead infection, a flagging sense of hope is restored. Neil has led the dwindling band of survivors, including young Jules and Danny, through all the perils of this new world of the undead, including the relentless elements of the gathering winter season. Seeking sanctuary, Neil’s group is pursued by both the living and the dead, all yearning for their deaths.

    Teri says: "Noooo, it's over."
    "Noooo, it's over."
    Overall
    Performance
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    When I got the first book in the series, it was a gamble that I would like it. But I loved it and so bought the next and then the next because it was so good. Now, in the fourth book, this author has still kept me riveted to the story. He refreshes the readers' minds about the first days of the Alaska infection with different point of views from several new characters. He introduces new friends (mostly those who don't know how to survive and can not accept the reality of the infection, providing a striking contrast with the main group) and now has the militia from the third book hunting them down along with a horde of the infected.
    I knew when I started this book, that it was most likely going to be the last in this series. But I am still craving more from this author.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Knight Awakened: Circle of Seven, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Coreene Callahan
    • Narrated By Suzan Crowley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (306)
    Performance
    (286)
    Story
    (285)

    Warlord Vladimir Barbu has seized control of Transylvania, but his claim to the throne remains anything but certain. The king of Hungary opposes his rule, his people despise him, and the high priestess needed to crown him has vanished without a trace. Refusing to see his ambitions thwarted, he hires an assassin to hunt her down.… Killing is the only life Xavian Ramir knows. But now the elite assassin wants out, vowing to start anew after one last job.…

    CAROLYN says: "BOOK 1 of 7 & A MYTHICAL MASTERPIECE"
    "Narrator ruined the rhythm of the story"
    Overall
    Performance
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    I do not know if it was deliberate for drama or a way for her to control her breathing, but this narrator kept making long pauses, at the end of sentences and even half way through.It was just distracting and totally ruined the rhythm of the story. I could not even make it forty minutes before throwing in the towel and choosing another audiobook by a different author and definitely a different narrator.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Midnight Sun

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By MJ Fredrick
    • Narrated By Erin Mallon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (55)
    Performance
    (51)
    Story
    (52)

    This wasn’t the adventure she’d signed up for…A sexy boss, a rough crossing, and pirates - all Brylie Winston wanted was a job to help her earn money to buy her own restaurant. She hopes to earn it by working as a chef on a cruise to Antarctica. But she’s slept with her boss, which throws her off-balance even more than the rough seas and warnings of pirates in the area. And he’s determined to have a repeat performance.

    Eleanor H T&T says: "Entertaiing, Fast Paced Adventure"
    "Another Book Ruined By This Narrator"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This is the second time I listened to this narrator. And the second time she kept me from enjoying an audiobook that was highly rated. She has poor breath control. After almost every sentence or after several words, she takes an annoyingly loud indrawn breath like she is racing through her speaking so fast that she can't breathe. And now the only thing I can remember after an hour of struggling through this book is gasp, gasp, and gasp.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Blood Passage: Blood Destiny, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Connie Suttle
    • Narrated By Traci Odom
    Overall
    (175)
    Performance
    (161)
    Story
    (164)

    As the first female vampire successfully turned in 700 years, Lissa finds herself in demand by the Vampire Aristocracy. Forced into an unexpected engagement as a result, Lissa feels trapped and stifled as she continues training with her surrogate sire. When a request comes from the Grand Master of the werewolves, Weldon Harper, Lissa leaps at the opportunity to work as his bodyguard once more.

    Barbara says: "Great story, equally great narrator"
    "I don't REALLY know how to rate this book"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    After listening to the first, I was really looking forward to finding out what happened to Lissa, the main character. The first book was awesome. She found herself in a unusual situation (being turned into a vampire, and told she would be hunted and killed for being a rogue, and blackmailed by werewolves) and she dealt with it, in a lot of humor and butt kicking ways.
    But this book, she was a push over. She didn't deal with it (compliance is not dealing with it). She talked about not wanting this or being against that, but only in her head and then does what she is told like accepting an engagement to Gavin, who is starts to become very possessive and verbally abusive.
    This series started out as a urban fantasy with a strong female character, now it's becoming about a woman who is accepting being abused, molested, and tortured by not only the men (and there are a lot of them, very few female characters in this story) in her life, but also by her community and the laws that govern that community (she gets beaten for saving the so called good guys).
    Even though this book ended on a very dramatic cliffhanger, I think this might be my last book of the series.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Twice a Rake: Lord Rotheby's Influence, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Catherine Gayle
    • Narrated By Pearl Hewitt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (88)
    Performance
    (77)
    Story
    (77)

    When Aurora Hyatt loses her journal in Hyde Park, her ruin is a foregone conclusion. After all, if anyone discovers her writings, they'll find scandalous fantasies involving the newest rake in town alongside entirely-too-candid thoughts about her typical dreary suitors. Aurora will either be forced into a loveless marriage with the first nodcock to make an offer, or she'll be assigned a permanent position on the shelf. Oh, dear good Lord. What catastrophe will God smite down upon her next?

    K. Overton says: "Narration fail"
    "Gave me a headache"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    In an audiobook, the narrator is just as important as the story itself. If the narrator has some bad talking habits or just a bad sounding voice, the audiobook is hard to like. The narrator spoke well, but she unfortunately has a high pitched girly voice. Even though she did very well giving each character their own sound so it was half way easy to identify the character speaking, she gave most, if not all, a very annoying accent that started to give me a headache.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • All That Glitters

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Linda Howard
    • Narrated By Emily Rose
    Overall
    (22)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (20)

    Greek billionaire playboy Nikolas Constantinos intended to conclude the business deal with Jessica Stanton, a.k.a. The Black Widow, as quickly as possible. Love hadn't been part of his plan. A hot affair or a one-night stand was all he'd allow. Because love would lead to marriage. And marriage to Jessica, a woman with a scandalous past, could ruin him. But love was the one thing he couldn't control.

    Kristin says: "The worst Linda Howard book ever!!"
    "The Abridged Version was Better"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Years ago, I got the abridged version of this book (in cassettes). And it was okay, not great but halfway decent. This version on the other hand was not even halfway decent.
    The narrator was okay, giving a good try at this book, but with this story I think nothing could have saved it.
    The main female character was a complete wimp and sometimes seem to "tease" the main male character into almost raping her several times, and I mean "several" times. The main male character was a complete jerk, jumping to conclusions and insulting the main female character through most of the book, and still rapes her on their wedding night.
    If I'm going to read a book about abuse, I would like to see some redeeming qualities, like the characters standing up for themselves or getting away from bad relationships, not "a tiger I can tame" (she thought this earlier in the book). Even the end was very cheesy and didn't really save the book from being bad.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fire Dance

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Delle Jacobs
    • Narrated By Michael Page
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (101)
    Performance
    (89)
    Story
    (90)

    Sent to execute the king’s cryptic command to destroy an evil sorcerer, capture his castle, and take his daughter to wife, Alain De Crency expects a hard siege. Instead, the castle is undefended, the daughter vanished, and the sorcerer dead, shrouded in a purple cloak. Alain lays claim to the cloak and searches for the missing daughter. But soon he faces a new dilemma: How can he marry the missing lady when a beautiful, evasive servant has captured his desire?

    Amazon Customer says: "Narrator ruins it for me!"
    "Where's the Logic"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The story was well written and it did not confuse me, but I couldn't agree with the logic. It seemed like the main female character was creating most of the trouble and yet she "didn't want trouble". If the main female character wanted the main male character to stay and govern and help her people, why did she allow him to be poisoned by arsenic through over 3/4ths of the book and then she gets upset when he thinks she was the one who did it. She didn't want to marry him so she hid herself with the servants, but she kept doing things to come to his attention. That's the problem with a lot of historical romances. If they are not written with some style and care, they tend to portray the female character as a dramatic ditz with very poor common sense and become bland, overdone, or just annoying.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Never Trust a Pirate: Scandal at the House of Russell, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Anne Stuart
    • Narrated By Xe Sands
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (196)
    Performance
    (178)
    Story
    (175)

    Madeleine Russell counted on making a splendid match. Instead, a devastating family scandal left her orphaned and penniless...and determined to uncover the villain who disgraced and killed her father. The beautiful, quick-witted Maddy disguises herself as a household servant, vowing to work in her prime suspect’s house and learn the truth. But the closer she gets to the man who may have ruined her family, the more she feels drawn in by his wicked reputation.

    Rosemary says: "The 2nd book in the series as good as the 1st!"
    "Old storyline, but still a good read"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Yes, this plot was the same as the first book, but it's still a pleasant read. No "damsel is distress" or idiotic logic that a lot of regency romances portray the main female character as. And this narrator, in my opinion, is one of the best.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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