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Full Blooded: Jessica McClain, Book 1 | [Amanda Carlson]

Full Blooded: Jessica McClain, Book 1

It's not easy being a girl. It's even harder when you're the only girl in a family of werewolves. But it's next to impossible when your very existence spells out the doom of your race.... Meet Jessica McClain - she just became part of the pack. In the vein of Kelley Armstrong and Patricia Briggs, a new urban fantasy that rewrites the werewolf myth....
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Publisher's Summary

It's not easy being a girl. It's even harder when you're the only girl in a family of werewolves. But it's next to impossible when your very existence spells out the doom of your race.... Meet Jessica McClain - she just became part of the pack.

In the vein of Kelley Armstrong and Patricia Briggs, a new urban fantasy that rewrites the werewolf myth....

©2012 Amanda Carlson (P)2012 Hachette Audio

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    Melanie Radnor, OH, United States 11-05-13
    Melanie Radnor, OH, United States 11-05-13

    I like to live vicariously through fictional characters. I enjoy reading and/or listening to mostly paranormal and fantasy.

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    "Amanda Carlson is a great new author."

    A great new werewolf urban fantasy. The plot has several twists and turns. The characters are well written. Jessica is a wonderful and strong heroine. The end is a cliffhanger. I can't wait to see where the story goes next.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 12-28-12
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    "Barely got over bad narration to enjoy the story."
    Where does Full Blooded rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I would say it's middle of the road.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Full Blooded?

    I wouldn't say there are any epic moments. When Jessica and Rourke realize they are mates it was definitely an aww moment. I guess when Jessica fought the imp, it was the first time she realized her power.


    What didn’t you like about Casey Holloway’s performance?

    I have heard Casey on other books, BUT they were all teen related ones and I was able to deal with the stilted too slow narration. Since Jessica is supposed to be 26 it was very hard to enjoy the story read by a narrator that sounds about 15. Also her accent and voice for Rourke is very off-putting.


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

    It was definitely something I could have listened to in one sitting if I had the time. Have to say again though, the book could have been read a lot quicker if they had used a different narrator.


    Any additional comments?

    It was a decent start to a series. There was a lack of depth to Jessica's transformation though, as if suddenly it's all cool that she can turn furry and there's no learning curve involved. And the wolf seems to really accept human logic as if she is not the Id most werewolves stories use the animal as. So far everything seems a tad bit too easy for Jessica. I would like to see some internal challenges in the future, instead of the external ones.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kimberly McAlpin, FL, United States 12-11-12
    Kimberly McAlpin, FL, United States 12-11-12 Member Since 2010

    I've always liked to read. But I've become addicted to Audible and average 5 or 6 books a week. But everybody has at least one vice right?

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    "Not a bad story but..."
    What did you love best about Full Blooded?

    I liked the story idea. I even got into the characters and story line. But the narrator almost ruined it for me. She did a number of voices which weren't terrible but it's the way in which she read. It was as if she tried to enunciate each word....so much so it sounded stiff and mechanical. It really detracted from the whole experience. It was so bad I had this huge desire multiple times to just give up on the book because I couldn't stand this woman's mechanical way of reading. I'd love to see where this series goes next, but if they keep the same narrator I might have to rethink it awhile.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Sheridan Rosewall Nanaimo BC, Canada 12-10-12
    Sheridan Rosewall Nanaimo BC, Canada 12-10-12

    Fire Witch

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    "Story was/could have been interesting....but"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I'd like to for the story, it had promise...but probably not. Truly barely made it thru the whole thing myself because of the poor and irritating narration. Couple of times was very close to just quitting listening, but hate to get into a story just to quit it.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Was so relieved to reach the end of the annoying narration, that I really didn't pay a whole lot of attention to ending, except for the "not-quite finished, please read the next book" type of ending.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Casey Holloway’s performances?

    NO. Until this narrator either grows up into her voice, and improves the robotic stilted quality, improving tremendously or the writer uses another narrator, I will not buy any more of this series, nor any other book where she is listed as narrator. Sorry, but much MUCH more practice is needed before going live again.


    Do you think Full Blooded needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Yes, it didn't end with any kind of finality. However, I will not buy a follow-up book if the author keeps this narrator.


    Any additional comments?

    very disappointed all told.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Becky Mullins Lebanon, KY, US 11-08-12
    Becky Mullins Lebanon, KY, US 11-08-12 Member Since 2012
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The story was good, but the narrator was hard to listen to at times.I liked the story and the different sects that were in the book. The book showed a different side of the werewolf myth then most books do


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked the way that the werewolves were different, how there had never been a female werewolf and how there were other kinds of were's too like the werefox.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The accents she did were good but sometimes her speech was hard to listen to .


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

    yes


    Any additional comments?

    I hated the ending, it didn't end the story that was going on where you would want to buy the next book to see what different things were going on with this book you have to buy the second to find out what happens to the characters. It's almost like they are forcing you to buy the second book just to hear the end of the first.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Alicia 09-04-13
    Alicia 09-04-13
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    "Complete Review Of Full Blooded"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I thoroughly enjoyed the book and would recommend it to anyone.I came across this series while i was on one of my many book hunting adventures.When i read the back of the book and proceeded to look inside it i felt as if it was worth giving a try. And boy was i correct. It not only exceeded my expectations but landed Amanda Carlson on my must read series list! lol I look forward to reading the next book in the series.


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

    This was my first time listening to any narrations by Casey Holloway. But i must say she was phenomenal. She gave a five star performance. Her voice changed to suit each character. If it had not been stated that Casey Holloway was the sole narrator of the book you would have never known.You would have thought that there was an array of people doing the narration.That's just how good she was.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I went through a range of emotions while reading the book. From laughing to heartache to omg whats going to happen and back again lol.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    M. M. Robinson Austin, TX USA 09-21-12
    M. M. Robinson Austin, TX USA 09-21-12 Member Since 2014

    voracious reader

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    "Not what I was hoping for or expecting"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I would like to give this book a glowing review, however I detest cliff-hanger endings. If you can't resolve the storyline in one novel, let the reader know it will be serialized. Full Blooded can't even claim that the story was too big for a single novel. The first half was so drawn out and dull I seriously considered just not finishing the book. At the beginning of the second part, things got a little more interesting. This is when the romance started to creep in. This would not normally be a criticism, however, this was in the romance category so I have to hold this against the book. Reader (listener) beware! This is not a romance novel despite it being found under "ROMANCE". The little bit of romance found doesn't even rate as more than a blip on the romance radar!


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The most interesting part of the book was discovering a werewolf finding a true mate in a cat shifter. (But we don't know what kind of cat shifter, because that's saved for a later novel) While this is a unique and refreshing change from typical were-creature books, the teaser aspect really ruined the novelty for me. Just spit out the information or its a wasted effort, because it won't hold my attention long enough to find and read (or listen) to the next installment.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Dull intonation and a lack of enthusiasm made listening a dry experience. I have hope that this narrator could be better with stronger material.


    Any additional comments?

    Unless you just want a fantasy with little to no romance - skip this one. Save your credit.

    2 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Randy 10-09-13
    Randy 10-09-13
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    "This is paranormal romance series"

    They say it is an Urban Fantasy series but it has all the hallmarks of a paranormal romance series.
    As I have heard the paranormal romance series described in the past “Paranormal Romance novels are pornos: They have meaningless hot sex and really bad dialog.”
    Logic, commonsense and intellect is not important in these stories, the authors can force any shaped peg to fit their round hole.

    To make it worse, the performer sounds like a 10 year old girl who thinks she is the best reader in her class and is trying to prove it be reading slowly and over annunciating every syllable.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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