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  • Live Wire: Elite Ops, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Lora Leigh
    • Narrated By Clarissa Knightly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (44)
    Performance
    (40)
    Story
    (40)

    Meet Captain Jordan Malone. For years he has been a silent warrior and guardian, operating independent of government protocol or oversight, leading his loyal team of Elite Ops agents to fight terror at all costs. A legend in the field, Jordan’s true identity has remained a mystery even to his own men…until now. Tehya Talamosi, codename Enigma, is a force to be reckoned with. A woman this striking spells nothing but trouble for Jordan.

    Twitterpated says: "Wish the rest of the series was available"
    "Wish the rest of the series was available"
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    After listening to Wild Card and Maverick available on Audible, I waited for the rest of the Elite Ops series to become available on Audible for well over a year. I enjoyed the first 2 books a lot, and Clarissa Knightly did a great job narrating those books. The rest of the Elite Ops series didn't show up on Audible, but the other day I noticed Live Wire (the last book of the series) was now available. So I got it, but I am kind of ambivalent as to whether or not this was a good thing.

    Lora Leigh tried to write this series (6 books) so they can be read as stand-alones by repeating a lot of details about relationships, previous story lines, etc., etc., in each successive book. This technique wasn't a problem with the first 2 books, but in Live Wire, using the repeat/review technique gets really confusing and annoying. It's a shame because it's really a good story, but because books 3 thru 5 aren't available in audiobook format, listening to Live Wire as a stand-alone is not a satisfying experience. In fact, it gets very confusing in places.

    I was also somewhat disappointed with Clarissa Knightly's performance this time around, especially in the sex scenes. She reads the sex scenes in Live Wire (and there are a lot of them) like she's calling a horse race. In the other 2 books, she was appropriately passionate, but this time, she was just ridiculous.

    The rest of the narrative of Live Wire was done well, but I got to the point where I had to fast forward through the sex scenes because they made me feel like I had to go place a bet.

    Bottom line, if you can dial down the sex scenes in your own head and make sense of the many details and story lines woven in from the previous books, you will enjoy Live Wire.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Captivated by You: Crossfire Series, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Sylvia Day
    • Narrated By Jill Redfield, Jeremy York
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (483)
    Performance
    (457)
    Story
    (456)

    Gideon calls me his angel, but he's the miracle in my life. My gorgeous, wounded warrior, so determined to slay my demons while refusing to face his own. The vows we'd exchanged should have bound us tighter than blood and flesh. Instead they opened old wounds, exposed pain and insecurities, and lured bitter enemies out of the shadows. I felt him slipping from my grasp, my greatest fears becoming my reality, my love tested in ways I wasn't sure I was strong enough to bear.

    Ex-Student says: "What... what?!?!?"
    "Not captivated at all"
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    I made it about halfway through this book before I gave up on it. The narrators were really bad. Jill Redfield's excellent performances in the first three books of this series has left the building. She sounded bored with all the melodrama and angst herself. And Jerermy York's performance was mostly flat, but also laughable when he did female voices. I just couldn't have their voices in my head anymore.

    The constant repetition of the insecurities of these characters and the never ending effort to convey the idea that they truly love each other despite all the self-inflicted melodrama is way over the top. And to think their is a fifth book on the horizon is a bit nauseating. I already believe that this story could have been done in three books if they were properly edited, so adding another book to the series is really going to be much ado about nothing.

    12 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • Ultimate Sins: The Callahans, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs)
    • By Lora Leigh
    • Narrated By Julia Duvall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (25)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (22)

    Ex-marine Crowe Callahan has only had one obsession in life: Amelia Sorenson. She is the only one who has ever gotten under his skin. However, she is also the daughter of his family’s sworn enemy: a man who has sought to destroy the Callahans for generations in order to further his own nefarious agenda.

    Twitterpated says: "Too long since the last installment was released"
    "Too long since the last installment was released"
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    This final installment of The Callahans was a mediocre story at best. I think it would have been a good idea to listen to the other 3 books again before listening to this one. The storyline in all the Callahan books is very convoluted - so many details, so many characters, so much melodrama. For some reason, Lora Leigh didn't make Crowe a very likable character until the very end, and that got old very quickly. It's hard to have to keep reminding yourself that he's not really the jerk that he seems to be. Why do that to the "hero" of the story?

    Worst of all, Julia Duvall is a HORRIBLE narrator. Her tone and inflection were really bad. Sometimes she would use a low voice for a female character and a high voice for a male character while they were actually dialoguing in the story. So confusing! And she changed pronunciation of words from one chapter to the next - why do narrators do that? I will never listen to another book that she narrates.

    Anyway, I'm glad the Callahan series is over, but all 4 books could have been trimmed down quite a bit. They just seemed to drag on way too long.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Hard to Hold On To: A Hard Ink Novella

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Laura Kaye
    • Narrated By Seraphine Valentine
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (63)
    Performance
    (61)
    Story
    (62)

    Edward "Easy" Cantrell knows better than most the pain of not being able to save those he loves - which is why he is not going to let Jenna Dean out of his sight. He may have just met her, but Jenna's the first person to make him feel alive since that devastating day in the desert more than a year ago. Jenna has never met anyone like Easy. She can't describe how he makes her feel - and not just because he saved her life. No, the stirrings inside her stretch far beyond gratitude.

    Mel says: "Easy Listening"
    "Narrator ruined it for me"
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    It's been a while since the last Hard Ink book was released in audio format, so I was a bit lost in the beginning of this story. I had a hard time remembering the details of what went before. Probably should have re-read the last book before I started this one.

    Anyway, then we're told it's only been a week since Sara and Shane met. The story just didn't seem to flow very well. The writing is very uneven. Grammar and sentence structure were awful.

    Combine the bad writing with the terrible narration by Seraphine Valentine and it makes you want to scream. Her voice and inflection are just all wrong. It was just a very painful experience to listen to this story.

    It seems like there are fewer and fewer good narrators these days. And it's hard to tell by the audio samples provided sometimes. I hope the audiobook industry does a better job comes up with some better narrators soon.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Dangerously Bound: Dangerous, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Eden Bradley
    • Narrated By Tatiana Sokolov
    Overall
    (33)
    Performance
    (31)
    Story
    (31)

    Allie LeClair has finally returned to the sultry city of New Orleans. After 10 years of studying and working as a pastry chef in San Francisco and all over Europe - and feeding her submissive side at BDSM clubs - Allie is home, and she has something to prove to the man who once fueled her desires. She's not a child anymore. When security specialist Mick Reid hears that Allie is back in town, he knows he won't be able to stay away for long. Ever since he discovered his darker side, Mick has tried to protect Allie from the aggressive beast within him - but that power and wildness is exactly what she wants.

    Twitterpated says: "Yawn!"
    "Yawn!"
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    This story had potential, but it just didn't draw me in or engage me in any way. I think the narration was part of the problem. Tatiana Sokolov (a/k/a Tanya Eby) has done some halfway decent work in other books, but she was really bad in this one.

    The plot was so predictable. The story takes place in New Orleans. The main characters, Allie and Mick were high school sweethearts, but when Mick went away to college, the romance ended. Then they had one very hot hook up during college. They both still love each other, but Mick is too deep in his own self-loathing to want a relationship with Allie. He got involved in BDSM and was a highly-trained dominant. Plus he is into underground fighting, too, as a way to vent his anger.

    Meanwhile, Allie is living all over the world learning to become a pastry chef. She also got into BDSM (as a "perfect" submissive). Allie returns to New Orleans after she inherits a house from a relative, and at this point, you can probably write the rest of story yourself.

    The sex scenes were supposed to be hot, but honestly I didn't get the slightest tingle from any of them. Part of it was the narration, but they just fell flat for every time.

    Waste of a credit (I am going to return it after the review gets posted); definitely not worth paying cash either.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Kiss Me Like This: The Morrisons

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Bella Andre
    • Narrated By Eva Kaminsky
    Overall
    (50)
    Performance
    (45)
    Story
    (45)

    Kiss Me like This is the first audiobook in a new-adult contemporary romance series about the Morrisons by New York Times best-selling author Bella Andre.

    Max Connors says: "Not the Sullivans"
    "A real disappointment"
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    I really loved the Sullivan series, so I thought I'd try this book. It didn't take long to realize that I should have paid attention to the description "new-adult" series.

    New-adult is obviously the new industry term for "young adult" (meaning late teens, early 20's).

    New adult (notice no hyphen) means a new series suitable for adults.

    This story took bits and pieces of all The Sullivan books and watered them down for a young adult readership. The characters in the Morrison family are similar to the Sullivans, so I imagine that the future installments of this series will just be more watered down Sullivan wannabes.

    I won't be buying anymore books in this series even though I like Bella Andre.

    On a final note, Eva Kaminsky does a really good job as always.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • All Jacked Up: Rough Riders Series, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Lorelei James
    • Narrated By Rebecca Estrella
    Overall
    (58)
    Performance
    (53)
    Story
    (52)

    Keely McKay knows Jack - and Jack Donohue is a certified pain in her Wranglers. Keely needs another man giving her orders like she needs a hole in her boot. What she does need is a restoration specialist so she can open her physical therapy clinic. His price? Act the part of his loving fiancée. Their sizzling lust makes it all too easy to go from butting heads to knocking boots - but outside the bedroom they're as mismatched as ever. Now Jack and Keely must face the fact they're not fooling anyone but themselves - or risk losing the real deal.

    Laura says: "One of the best in the series"
    "Least favorite of series so far"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    There was a part of the story where Jack was trying to win a contract to restore an historical building in Utah. He lost the bid over "moral issues". Ultimately this ends up causing a huge fight between Keely and Jack. This seemed like a real ploy in the storyline and just didn't work for me. Also the scene towards the end when Keely's 5 brothers bring Jack to her at a campsite and then her father shows up.........I don't know. I wish LJ would have written some better material in these scenes (and a few others as well).


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    This just felt like a rough draft to me. I would give it a very thorough edit and rewrite in some crucial areas. Keely's character was fairly well developed, but Jack's character still needed some fleshing out.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Rebecca Estrella’s performances?

    Rebecca Estrella is one of the WORST narrators in the audiobook market. The only reason why I am hanging in there with the Rough Riders series is because I love the characters. Otherwise, she is pure torture.


    What would have made this romance irresistible?

    I'm not a big fan of romances that have a lot of conflict in them to the point where the couple is constantly fighting and making up (or having "angry sex", etc.). While some conflict is necessary to put some tension and reality into a romance novel, a story like All Jacked Up had a little too much conflict in it for my taste.


    Any additional comments?

    The McKay family is getting so big. It would be nice if one of the future books would have a prologue or something that named all the couples and their kids (or maybe LJ could put a McKay/West family tree on her website). It's very frustrating not remembering all the kids' names. I'd have to go back and start over with book #1 and read them all again in order to make my own family tree. Not sure I'd be able to stand listening to Rebecca Estrella all over again for that project.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lady Luck

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Kristen Ashley
    • Narrated By Emma Taylor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (449)
    Performance
    (423)
    Story
    (419)

    Since birth, Lexie Berry has had nothing but bad luck. Orphaned at an early age, she had a rough childhood and a boyfriend who was murdered. Now the beautiful, stylish Lexie is determined to change her luck and her life. But first she's got to make good on a promise: To pick up Ty Walker from prison. One look at the gorgeous ex-convict and Lexie knows she's in trouble-and already thinking about taking a walk on the wild side.

    Yvette says: "A FANTASTIC AUDIOBOOK EXPERIENCE!"
    "Think I'm burning out on KA"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I've been KA fan for a while and listened to everything by her that's available on Audible. Her books are becoming formulaic to me. Although this was as good a story as almost any of the other ones she's written, I think that's exactly the trouble - they are all pretty much the same story.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    I'm getting tired of all her heroes and heroines being drop dead gorgeous, multi-orgasmic and usually pretty wealthy, too. I realize these are romantic escapism novels to the extreme, but I always end up feeling totally inadequate as a woman after listening to one of her books.

    She also uses words/phrases repeatedly. For example, she's always saying that someone is "folding in/out of their car" - it was original the first 100 times I heard it in her other books.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Emma Taylor's male main character voice is very annoying. So neanderthal. The female characters' voices were great. She utilizes all kinds of accents, from British to elderly Southern black women. She might not be the right reader for a book told from multiple POV's.


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

    On DVD maybe, but not in a theater.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm still a fan, but I think when the next installment of this series becomes available, I'll wait a while before downloading it. I need to listen to other genres for a while.

    2 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Try: Temptation Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Ella Frank
    • Narrated By Shannon Gunn
    Overall
    (121)
    Performance
    (116)
    Story
    (116)

    Sex. Logan Mitchell loves it, and ever since he realized his raw sexual appeal at a young age, he has had no problem using it to his advantage. Men and women alike fall into his bed - after all, Logan is not one to discriminate. He lives by one motto - if something interests you, why not just take a chance and try? And he wants to try Tate Morrison.

    Orlando says: "Sexy, very sexy. And a story too."
    "Uh.....no."
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    What would have made Try better?

    My main complaint was the narrator. Just way over the top. His voice for Tate sounded like an old man. Logan's voice was okay. The narration during almost all the sex scenes sounded like a sportscaster on ESPN during a really competitive football game.

    The sex scenes were also beyond sexy. Graphic to the point of being gross.

    The storyline itself was okay. Maybe this is one of those books that would have been better if I had read the e-book (or if it had a better narrator).


    Would you ever listen to anything by Ella Frank again?

    Don't think so.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Shannon Gunn?

    Sebastian York is my go-to guy. He can read the phone book and make it sound sexy.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    My main reaction was frustration because the story had potential, but the narration was just ridiculous.


    Any additional comments?

    Even though I know this is a series (and the cover art is very clear that this is part of a series), I still HATE CLIFFHANGERS. Granted, this one was fairly obvious (and you can read the synopsis of the next book on Goodreads), but I still hate cliffhangers. The author could have tied up that last detail in this book, and then end it with some teaser for the ongoing story.Cliffhangers are an attempt to manipulate the reader into buying the next book in the series. If a book is well written and the characters are memorable, cliffhangers aren't necessary in order to sustain your readership.

    1 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Kaleb: An Alluring Indulgence Novel, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Nicole Edwards
    • Narrated By Freddie Bates, Eliza Grace
    Overall
    (132)
    Performance
    (126)
    Story
    (126)

    Zoey Stranford might've had a crush on the sexy boy next door since middle school, but she's a woman now, and that crush has turned into a full-blown case of lust. So why is it that at twenty-nine her libido decides to ramp into high gear, making her only focus the intensely sexy, scorching hot boy next door - who is definitely not a boy anymore? The problem is, Zoey and Kaleb have been best friends for as long as she can remember.

    Rusty says: "Sexy Texas Drama"
    "Just awful!!"
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    What disappointed you about Kaleb?

    The writing was very uneven and derivative. Not very well edited at all. The "f" word was used in ridiculous excess in the course of normal conversations amongst the characters. It was overkill. But the BIGGEST disappointment was the narration. Freddie Bates was maybe a 2-star, but Eliza Grace was a -1, so I gave the performance 1 star. I couldn't finish the book because the narration was so bad. I notice there's a review already posted that says the narrations was amazing. I suspect that person must be a close relative of one of the narrators.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Nicole Edwards again?

    No.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Freddie Bates and Eliza Grace ?

    Sebastian York and Grace Grant (although she seems to have dropped off the audiobook scene lately - I miss her).


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

    I like stories about big, tight-knit families. The thing about the Walker family is that all the sons formed a company and work together. That's a bit too much togetherness to be believable (not to mention that they share women - that's DEFINITELY more togetherness than necessary!).


    Any additional comments?

    There's erotica and there's smut. I think this falls into the latter category.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Lovely Trigger: Tristan & Danika, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By R.K. Lilley
    • Narrated By Chris Ruen, Sarah Naughton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (263)
    Performance
    (249)
    Story
    (249)

    Over six years after the night that changed everything, Danika finds herself forced to spend the weekend constantly in Tristan’s company, as they attend the wedding of two of their dearest friends. It’s been long enough that she feels they can be friendly again without it destroying her peace of mind, but just a small amount of time in his presence has her remembering something she had forced herself to forget: There’d been a reason she’d gone through hell with this man, for this man, some true good to precede the bad.

    Yvette says: "TRISTAN & DANIKA-STUNNING & UNFORGETTABLE"
    "Trilogy could have been one great book"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I would have trimmed out a lot of the extraneous scenes, cleaned up the many grammatical errors and ended up with one really great book.


    If you’ve listened to books by R.K. Lilley before, how does this one compare?

    Compared to Bad Things and Rock Bottom, Lovely Trigger was much easier on the emotions.

    The novella Lana is horrible.

    The Up in the Air trilogy was on par with this series. Another case of 3 books that could have been condensed to 1 great book.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The female narrator did a pretty good job, but her voice as Danika was a bit flat. She did a good job creating voices for most of the other female characters, especially Estella.

    The male narrator really lacked talent. I would give the female narrator 4 stars and the male narrator 2 stars, so I came up with 3 stars overall.


    Did Lovely Trigger inspire you to do anything?

    It made me realize that I am addicted to erotica. Consequently, it inspired me to give up erotica and get back into books from other literary categories.


    Any additional comments?

    The most important thing in Lovely Trigger was Tristan's sobriety. I thought the author did a good job keeping that theme present throughout the book.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful

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