Jin Rayne is having trouble adjusting to the new life he’s supposed to love. Instead of adapting to being the mate of tribe leader Logan Church, Jin can't get past the fact that his lover was straight before they met. He's discovered the joy in belonging to Logan but fears his new life could disappear at a moment’s notice, despite Logan's insistence that they are forever, end of story.
Jin wants to trust Logan, but that desire will be put to the test both by a rival tribe leader and by a startling revelation about Jin's existence. At stake is Jin's life and his place in the tribe. If he's going to survive to see Logan again, he'll have to release his fear and freely accept the bond, for only then can he truly trust.
©2012 Mary Calmes (P)2012 Mary Calmes
I love this genre and story line and was ecstatic to see the second book here. Unfortunately, I didn't pay attention to who the narrator was until after I had purchased the book. I was all set to hear Sean Crisden, and it was such a let down. I see that the first book has a different audio publisher so this explains the new narrator. I wish I had not purchased this book. Jeff Gelder's voice makes it difficult to follow which character is speaking at times, not to mention the monotone and dull recitation with a decided lack of inflection at times. Another problem is the difference in pronunciation of the special titles and words used here, but this just goes back to the different narrators. There are also several spots in this recording where the book just repeats itself. This just shows a lack in production control and very poor sound editing by this studio apparently. I have been an Audible listener almost since the company's beginning and isn't the first time I have noticed the quality change when audio publishers change and narrators change. Listeners like consistency and we all have our favorite authors and narrators. All in all, it is a great book and if you can get around the narrator, it is a great book in the genre.
I'm a huge fan of Mary Calmes. The Change of Heart series is what made me crazy about her work. I've been waiting for this audiobook for quite some time now and was so disappointed. I've already bought the book on kindle and read it several times so I know the story. I've listened to the first book(Change of Heart) on audiobook several times too. The story is heartwarming, exciting, romantic, funny and interesting. But the narrator Jeff Gelder SUCKS! He obviously didn't read the novel prior to his weak performance. In the first book Mary has a few places where she explains pronunciations and definitions. Jeff Gelder not only mispronounced most of the books unique vocabulary and names. He also was monotone on certain parts. It was almost as if he was bored with reading and everyones voice was the same during regular dialogue. Then during a fight scene he would perk up and everyone would sound a little different. The inconsistency and mispronunciations were so frequent they took away from the book. My advice is to just buy the ebook on kindle or something. Don't waste your money on the audiobook because I know that if my first exposure to the series had been with his voice reading it I wouldn't want to read anything else by Mary Calmes.
I've always had narrators I look to see what book they've read so I can listen to them. But now I'm going to look and make sure Jeff Gelder isn't reading something before I buy it.
Really looked forward to this second book in the tri-book series. Again, enjoyed the story very much, but would have preferred that the performance was done with original narrator, Sean Crisden. Eagerly awaiting third book, Honored Vow, in the series....really hoping author will go back to Sean Crisden to narrate.
I love seeing the emotional journey Jin experiences as he comes to realize how much he trusts and loves Logan.
I was so disappointed in the narration. There were inflections that made no sense, pauses in the middle of sentences that had no purpose and no changes in voice or tone to accommodate the different characters.
The narration was appalling!
The story itself; as in the printed version, is excellent.
Rerecord the entire thing with a different narrator who listened to the first story.
The story is great (when you read it on your own), the audiobook was so terrible to listen to that I deleted it shortly after chapter 1.
I read the book which was excellent, but the audiobook was PAINFUL to listen to.
If you listened to the first audiobook "Change of Heart" read by Sean Crisden and expect this one to be just as good- you're in for a rude awakening. Jeff Gelder is an awful AWFUL narrator. I got through chapter 1 and part of chapter 2 and couldn't listen to it anymore, I deleted it immediately. In my opinion it's better to listen to the text-to-voice option on your iDevice or Kindle, that's how bad it is.
1.) Monotone, the narration and lines from all the characters sound exactly the same.
2.) It sounds like one giant run-on sentence, no punctuation or punctuation in awkward places (sounds like a 5 year old reading to you).
3.) I'm not sure where to even start with the pronunciations:
Sean Cristen vs Jeff Gelder
"Semel Ray"........"Sem. el-ree"
There are probably more gross mispronunciations, but like I said- it was deleted shortly after the beginning of the second chapter. My advice, listen to the sample from the first book and compare it to the sample of the second. If the second sounds like nails on a chalkboard to you then don't buy it- because I promise it won't get any better. Such a shame, I'm not even going to consider buying the third audiobook just because it was narrated by the same guy who butchered this one.
I really enjoy the world of books! Narration just add layers to that world... don't u think? :)
But...what happen to Crisden... It took me a minute to get adjusted to new narrator but other than that...this was a great progression of Jin and Logan's clan, relationship and story. I love when the story just keeps getting better and better, and thier's did.
A good credit. Don't buy, just wait for the credit unless you have book 1, then you might as well get this book and the 3rd one too.
I'm 45 yrs old. I love reading/listening to books and work at a University library, unfortunately we don't read all day.
Definitely will listen again because it is a beautiful story and the setting is wonderful. I loved the way that the music set off the setting and the premise of the story. Jeff Gelder was a wonderful narrator, though, at first I was biased against him as I loved Sean's narration of the first book. After listening for awhile I began to fall for Jeff's narration and I really enjoyed his reading.
Of course, you compare the book to Change of Heart and the series because this is what the story is apart of.
As I said earlier Jeff's performance is wonderful, after some early reservations I really took to his reading.
I don't know what I'd name it, I like the title it has.
I'm hoping that soon I'll see 'Honored Vow' and 'Crucible of Fate' the next 2 books in the 'Change of Heart series' on audible.
yes, because the story was compelling
This is not my first book with Jeff Gelder so I knew what to expect. A listener should be forewarned, Jeff has a GREAT voice for Logan. It's warm and sexy and done perfectly, however, he cannot do Jin, which is a problem since it's a first person book and Jin is the one telling the story. He just can't do Jin to save his life. I'm not sure why that is. Other characters come out perfect, but for whatever reason, Jin comes out flat. For Logan's voice alone though, I'd recommend this story. if you can accept it for what it is, then I think it's a very enjoyable listen. Highly recommended because it's a cute story. I think Jeff did a better job than Sean.
The book is excellent there's no doubt about that. I was really excited to see that it finally was released as an audiobook and I immediately bought it.
What I found though was less than satisfactory. The narrator read too quickly, like he was rushing through it, and with barely enough stops in his narrations to let things sink in. Not much diversity in the voices nor the tone of voice depending on the mood the characters were in.
Really this was a disappointment especially when compared to the first book narrated by Sean Crisden.
Also in comparison with the first book, the terminology that Mary Calmes uses in her books for the Werepanthers, maahes, semel, reah etc, are read differently too. Don't know if they were read wrongly in the first book or in the second but it'd have been better if they were kept the same as they were in the first book so that at least there would be some sort of connection between the 2 books.
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