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Ojo Caliente, NM, United States
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  • It Is Las Vegas After All

  • By: Howard Weiner
  • Narrated by: Laura Copland
  • Length: 7 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4

Two physicists are in a race with federal authorities and three former CIA agents to detonate a dirty bomb in Las Vegas. The physicists deploy several explosive devices, hidden in plain sight, that can be detonated at any time. The safety of Las Vegas depends on three former CIA agents brought together by an employer with ill intent and strong ties to venture capitalists funding the latest crop of entrepreneurs. Who will win? Will Las Vegas be saved?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • text-book style of story telling

  • By DabOfDarkness on 06-13-18

text-book style of story telling

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-13-18

This story is told in an almost-textbook manner. There’s several info dumps throughout the story and often we’re told what has happened instead of shown. I kept looking for the thrill in this novel but it was pretty straight forward. At times, it felt like I was listening to a report instead of a work of fiction. Sometimes all the acronyms and government-speak added to the story (since it’s all about CIA operatives taking out terrorists) but mostly it gave the story a plodding quality.

My favorite character was Eddy, the nun and semi-retired CIA operative. She’s in her 70s and still just as deadly as she was at 25. I love her no-nonsense manner. I think a whole series could be written about her and it would be fascinating.

Alice Linda and Joe McRory were OK. Linda comes off as still young and a little too cocky. That scene where the British cop gives back her ankle holster was great. Ha! Joe and Linda argue with each other often but I guess there’s supposed to be some chemistry between the two (which Eddy points out later). However, I didn’t get that. In fact, their childish arguing made them seem anything but trained professional killers.

The story has 2 main terrorists. One seemed like a simple placeholder (Al Hami), where we don’t get much about him or his reasons for doing what he’s doing. Then there’s Todd Addams who definitely had his reasons for turning bad. However, we get most of his character all in one long info dump.

There are two Native American assassins (plus a niece who wants to avenge them) and I really liked this aspect of the story as it was unique. I did find it a bit odd that the CIA operatives all believed that Native Americans were too striking in looks and would stand out wherever they go. Like any other ethnicity, some individuals are striking and many others can blend in. Other than that silly assumption by our main characters, I really liked the inclusion of some very capable Native American assassins.

Over all, the story has potential to be interesting and thrilling but I feel it could have used one more edit to make it flow better and to keep the pace exciting. 3.5/5 stars.

The Narration: Laura Copland did a pretty good job with this narration. She’s got a good voice for Linda and I loved her as Eddy the old nun and CIA agent. Her male voices were believable and all her characters had distinct voices. Sometimes she overplayed this or that regional accent and I winced a little but it was only with minor characters so my suffering was kept to a minimum. The recording quality is good with no issues. 4.5/5 stars.

I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Howard Weiner. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

  • Rise and Fall

  • Legion of the Undead, Book 2
  • By: Michael Whitehead
  • Narrated by: Terry F. Self
  • Length: 7 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7

Caught between the undead horde and civil war, the Roman Empire is on the verge of destruction. Italy is in flames, and Rome is under siege by the Risen, while Titus and Otho both lay claim to the title of Emperor. Centurion Vitus Protus, Praetor Domitius, and their allies face a desperate choice. They must either stay and fight for the City of Rome or leave and survive in the wilderness left behind by the Risen.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A good follow up to Book 1

  • By DabOfDarkness on 06-13-18

A good follow up to Book 1

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-13-18

Note: Even though this is Book 2 in the series, it works mostly well as a stand alone.

I have returned to the land of Roman legions and zombies! I really loved the first book in the series and this is a decent follow up. My new favorite character is Garrick, a butcher who lives in Rome. He’s basically conscripted to guard the wall but he soon earns the respect of his centurion and fellow guards.

Vitus, the archer from Book 1, is still around but he’s not the sole main focus of the story. He does a great job of being the counterpoint to Garrick. Two Roman emperors are fighting for superiority. Titus is the rightful emperor but he doesn’t hold Rome. Indeed, he’s quite a distance away and there’s all those pesky zombies in the way. Meanwhile Otho holds Rome. However, he’s got these crazy secret zombie plans that could bring him to ruin.

This tale does have a weakness and that is the lack of ladies. Book 1 had some impressive female characters getting stuff done but this book totally sidelined Lucia and Flavia. We only get glimpses of them and when we do, they are there for comfort or romance. There is one woman who gets to smash some zombies but her role is brief and part of it is spent being rescued. Another woman gets her chance at Otho, but once again, she has a small, fleeting appearance.

The zombies themselves come in a few flavors. The newer, more robust ones can leap! Yikes! There also appears to be some evil paranormal force that drives them, having some hidden motive. I hope we learn more about that in Book 3. The pacing is really good, keeping me engaged the entire time but also avoiding zombie battle fatigue. 4/5 stars.

I received a free copy of this book.

The Narration: Terry Self gave us yet another amazing performance. He had distinct voices for all the characters and his lady voices are feminine. I like his spooky voice for the evil paranormal entity. I also like his voice for Otho, who sounds like he’s talking with a mouth full of marbles. There were no technical issues with the recording. 5/5 stars.

  • Vacation Bride

  • Brides of Paradise, Book 1
  • By: Vicky Loebel
  • Narrated by: Emily Beresford
  • Length: 5 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 36
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35

When Anna Williams lands a spot on the Vacation Bride reality show, she's hoping to give her sick father a break from the Milwaukee winter, not win a rich husband. Which is good, because the hunky maintenance man whose broad shoulders and clear blue eyes have caught her attention is neither rich nor part of the contest, is he?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable Contemporary Romance

  • By Adriana B on 01-04-17

Better than I expected

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-13-18

While contemporary romance isn’t my cup of tea, I absolutely loved Loebel’s paranormal/urban fantasy novels. So I decided to give her contemporary romance novel a try. I did enjoy it even if it didn’t wow me like her other novels.

Brideacuda! Ha! I love that phrase. Anna finds herself entered into the contest by her best friend but it means she can leave the Milwaukee winter for the tropical beaches of St. John’s island. Plus, she can bring one ‘stylist’ with her and she chooses her dad who has recently survived cardiac surgery. So right away I liked Anna.

Meanwhile, on St. John’s, the Andersons have cooked up this crazy idea of how to boost interest in their vacation hotel (the Paradise Resort) – host a contest to win the hand of the handsome Ryan Anderson! Chris Anderson isn’t too thrilled about it. He rather stay in the background and keep on fixing air conditioner units but he also knows that the resort needs the promotion. Ryan ends up eloping with the shows producer, Bobbie, so Chris gets stuck being the stand-in groom. He was none too pleased.

This story borders on being a romantic comedy, which I liked. There’s no slap stick comedy or totally ridiculous situations yet there still is humor. After all, we have these potential brides doing crazy stunts for each stage of the contest. Then there’s Chris with his Danish ancestry, humor towards Ryan, the secret Danish p0rn stash, and a tragedy that left him a bit scarred. I liked Anna’s character too but I felt we got more background on Chris.

So not all the potential brides are witches. Loni right away does Anna a favor and the two remained friends throughout the trials and tribulations of the show. Yay! It was good to see that not all the female side characters were horrible people.

There’s obvious sexual attraction between Chris and Anna right from the beginning and I really liked how it built and built. I didn’t care so much for the misunderstandings and apologies, etc. but that seems to be a requisite for this genre. I was a little sad that we didn’t get any sex scenes. Sigh… But I imagined that they had a very good time.

The ending is sweet and charming. All told, I did enjoy this story despite it being a contemporary romance. 4/5 stars.

The Narration: Emily Beresford did a great job with this narration. She’s perfect for Anna. I also liked her voice for Tiffany (the evil brideacuda). Her peppy, professional, commanding voice for Bobbie the show producer was spot on. Her male voices were masculine and all her character voices were distinct. She sounded engaged throughout the entire novel. There were no technical issues with the recording. 5/5 stars.

I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Vicky Loebel. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

  • Starblind

  • Starblind, Book 1
  • By: D. T. Dyllin
  • Narrated by: Ashley Holt
  • Length: 6 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 37
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 37
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 37

Owner of the Chimay grade starship dubbed The Pittsburgh, Captain Jane Sevis is one of the best bounty hunters in the galaxy. Except for the occasional problematic hunt, her life is pretty uncomplicated. When a particularly slippery target reveals the real reason for being in her database, her world is turned upside down in more ways than one. Will she follow her gut and look the other way for the man she may be falling for?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Starblind

  • By ZOE R on 09-24-17

A fun scifi romance

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-13-18

Ha! This story wasn’t quite what I was expecting but I still had a lot of fun with it. Jane is all woman, reveling in her sexuality as much as she revels in being a bounty hunter. Set in a far future where Earth no longer exists and pure humans are a thing of history books, Jane travels around the galaxy sweeping up criminals and getting paid handsomely to do it.

Her latest bounty comes with specific instructions. Jane likes the idea of the challenge and she takes off after Ash, a Phoenix. He’s got special powers that make it hard to keep him in custody. And Jane would love to have him in custody all right. He’s a handsome attractive man with muscles in all the right places. Sex is never far from Jane’s mind and while I found this amusing most of the time, sometimes I did role my eyes. I could have used a little more plot and little less innuendo.

Then there’s Jane’s skimpy steampunk outfit. We don’t get much description so it’s mostly left up to the reader’s imagination. Jane does use her curves and legs and other feminine attributes like a weapon… or a snare. While I’m all for using whatever you have to hand to get the job done or get yourself out of trouble, I do wish we could have seen some of her other skills in action.

Zula was a fun sidekick. She’s Jane’s second in command on the Pittsburgh and she’s a bit snarky with that high IQ of hers. There’s 2 other crew members (Masha and Tamzea) but we don’t get to know much about them. Perhaps that will change as the series moves forward.

The baddies for this book are the Denards. They have a thing for annihilating whole planets and whipping naked captives for personal satisfaction. I also hope the series expands on this alien species and their motives (as individuals or as a whole culture).

All told, it was a fun, fast paced action-packed scifi flick. While I would have liked a bit more on plot and character development, it was still entertaining. 4/5 stars.

The Narration: Ashley Holt has a unique cadence. Initially, I thought this was just a unique voice for Jane but Holt uses the same cadence for all her characters for the entire book. It reminded me a little of William Shatner’s unique cadence. Mostly she had unique voices for each character but sometimes the voices got a bit muddied and the clarity of who was saying or doing what was muddled. Her male voices were masculine. I did find the narration a bit slow as some syllables are stretched out for emphasis. So I did something I rarely do – I sped up the narration to 1.25X. The narration was much smoother at this speed and increased my enjoyment of the book. 3.5/5 stars.

I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Ashley Holt. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

  • Pokemon Go: Diary of a Pidgey

  • Unofficial Pokemon Book
  • By: Isabel Jones
  • Narrated by: Trevor Clinger
  • Length: 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 9

The wind rushed through my feathers as I leapt from the nest for the first time. Beneath me was the target: the Weedle. I extended my wings to slow my fall, trapping the Weedle beneath my talons as I landed, leaves scattering in all directions. The Weedle twisted to face me and aimed a poison sting at my right shoulder. I felt the shot narrowly miss the top of my wing; the shock made me jump backwards and the Weedle took his opportunity to flee, leaving a 2D grey cloud in its wake.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Pokemon a go go

  • By Ray Johnson on 05-04-18

Fun story, not so great narration

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-13-18

This is a fun, family friendly story about one Pidgey and it’s adventures. The tale starts off simply and the rules of the game, Pokemon Go, are woven into the tale. Pidgey meets several other pokemon and makes a few friends. There’s some mild bullies and some know-it-alls in the mix. I like how Pidgey deals with each character it runs into.

I was surprised that there was a touch of first love romance in the story but I liked it. I also appreciated that the pidgeys in general didn’t have a gender, making romantic relationships a little complicated.

The stinky pokemon was also a nice addition as it showed that not all pokemon play well with each other. The ball dodging scene was also fun! Over all, this is a great little tale for fans of the game. 4/5 stars.

I received a free copy of this book.

The Narration: Trevor Clinger has an odd cadence to his speech. He has plenty of odd pauses in each sentence. Also, he doesn’t do character voices well at all and that made it a little hard to keep all the pidgeys separate. However, his recording quality is good. It’s a steady volume the entire story and there’s no repeated sentences or such. 2.5/5 stars.

  • Legacy

  • The Biodome Chronicles Series, Book 1
  • By: Jesikah Sundin
  • Narrated by: Sunil Patel
  • Length: 12 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 22
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 21
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 20

A sensible young nobleman and his fiery sister live in an experimental medieval village. Sealed inside this biodome since infancy, Leaf and Willow have been groomed by The Code to build a sustainable world, one devoid of Outsider interference. One that believes death will give way to life. All is ideal until their father bequeaths a family secret with his dying breath, placing an invisible crown of power on Leaf's head. Now, everyone in their quiet town is suspect.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great world building, intriguing characters . . .

  • By The Book Junkie Reads . . . on 02-08-18

Started off great but then got silly

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-13-18

The basic premise of this story pulled me right in. Take some Medieval LARPers and stick them in a biodome for decades and monitor how their society evolves. Now it’s 2 generations later and the grandchildren of those original LARPers are coming into their own. Willow and Leaf Watson just put their father, Joel, to rest in a grave and they have many questions about where their lives will go from here. Being the two oldest members of one of the reigning houses, they know they hold some power but are not sure what to do with it. Their young sister, Laurel, is still a child and unaware of what perils may befall their family.

Meanwhile, out in the real world with all it’s technology, the Game Master Hannley Nichols plots. The biodome was originally set up to study human psychology when a society is confined yet separate from the larger whole of humanity (as it would be on Mars or such). However, I wonder if his goals have changed over time or if he had ulterior motives all along. A good chunk of the world sees the biodome and it’s residents as entertainment and not a serious scientific study. Initially, Hannley was just a side character, but by the end of the book I had a real interest in him and what his story arc will be for the series.

The word ‘biodome’ makes me sit up and take notice. For many years now I have been fascinated with this concept and the limited number of actual biodome experiments that have been done. The concept definitely helped pull me into this story but I found that it wasn’t executed very realistically. A self-sustained, closed society needs a lot of cross over training and strong connections among it’s members to work. The regular, daily tasks that it takes to live in a Medieval-like society in a biodome were glossed over and I found the enforced gender roles to be unlikely to work in such a situation. Plus, if we ever do send a chunk of humans to Mars to set up a biodome, we will probably make sure they have quality medical knowledge. This group didn’t have that.

So, setting that quibble aside, I was initially interested in the main characters. Willow, who prefers to be called Oaklee (and never let us forget it), is almost 16 and boys are starting to look her way as a potential partner in marriage. However, she lets her emotions rule her. At first, this was a charming quality about her as everyone, even herself, acknowledges this and loves her anyway. As the story went on, though, I found myself tiring of her emotional tantrums, weeping, fainting, crying to the point her stomach aches, etc. Since she was the main female character, I really wanted more out of her.

Leaf is rather mild and not that memorable other than he is easily offended. Meanwhile, Fillion revels in offending people. So maybe Leaf and Fillion were made for each other. Fillion has been a bad boy and is sentenced to a kind of community service that puts him ever closer to the biodome inhabitants. I found his character inconsistent at times even as I enjoyed his cheek. On one had, he claims no woman has offered him true affection before yet in other scenes he bemoans the fact that so many women have thrown themselves at his feet. While many of those girls could have been star struck or inconsiderate fortune hunters, I expect there were a few that served up true affections.

Then there’s some connection between the Watsons and the Nichols that I don’t fully understand yet. Della, Fillion’s mom, was also involved with Joel Watson at some point. So does that make Fillion and his sister Lynden stepsiblings (or divorced stepsiblings?) to the Watson kids? I’m not sure. I felt I needed a little family tree.

The story also gives us some insta-love which isn’t my thing. I expected more out of the biodome inhabitants as they don’t seem to have any method for divorce so I would think that pairings would be made with plenty of consideration for actual love matches. There’s also a love triangle to contend with, and again, that’s not my thing. So I could have done without the romance in this story as it seems to be there just to add drama.

The ending had plenty of drama and some of it was good (like Fillion’s final fist fight) and some of it was silly (Willow’s emotional tantrum). There’s this bit of failed drama where Fillion assumes a false name. This doesn’t go over as planned and yet Willow is fooled… hmmm…. really? And that’s when I decided I really wanted some other main female character. Anyway, all around, the setting and plot hold potential for the next book in the series. 3.5/5 stars.

The Narration: Sunil Patel has a very enjoyable voice. It’s rich and clear and just makes me want to listen to him all day. However, his narration skills need a little polishing. There were a few mispronounced words but his French was good. I felt his Japanese was a bit rough. Also, he doesn’t really do distinct character voices. He did try to soften his voice for the female characters, but that wasn’t consistent either. Whenever Willow was yelling, she sounded just like her brother or Fillion. The biodome inhabitants are supposed to have a general British English accent, which Patel does well, but Fillion and Hannley and all the outsiders really sound just like biodomers in accent. The recording was OK but there are a few places where the volume goes up or the recording sounds a little rough. 3.5/5 stars.

I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Jesikah Sundin. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

  • I Kinda See Dead People

  • A Spiritual Memoir
  • By: Skylar Hoffman
  • Narrated by: Alex Wakeland
  • Length: 1 hr and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3

I Kinda See Dead People: A Spiritual Memoir is an autobiography by Skylar Hoffman, a college student with ties to a world beyond. Growing up, he realized he was a little different; he saw, heard, and felt things that others did not. In this audiobook, Skylar recounts his run-ins with the paranormal, from reporting an apparition to his elementary school principal, to how he was changed by a near death experience, to a chance encounter with a man who would become a catalyst for the author's own spiritual awakening.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • It just wasn't the book for me

  • By DabOfDarkness on 06-13-18

It just wasn't the book for me

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-13-18

This just wasn’t the book for me. On the one hand, I can appreciate that the author is on a journey. On the other hand, his journey doesn’t particularly interest me.

If you are just starting to explore spirituality and want to hear from someone else on how their journey started, then this might be of interest to you. Hoffman gives candid accounts of his early experiences with the paranormal. He also includes events and people that have helped him along this journey.

Sounds like he was quite the young rebel with his tagging and TPing. Those events gave me a laugh because I think it’s something most teens can connect with. I also didn’t mind that he threw in a few cuss words as I cuss as well and it made the author more human and not so out there.

The various accounts of paranormal events didn’t really resonate with me. I’m a firm skeptic but also do my best to respect other’s believes in the paranormal. Most of them I felt could be just regular, explainable things.

The author talks often about dropping out of college because he is destined for bigger things. Perhaps Hoffman is just looking for a solid excuse to drop out. While positive thinking can’t hurt, I also know you have to put in the real life work. I feel this is lacking in Hoffman’s world view. So much of this book didn’t click with me. 3/5 stars.

I received a free copy of this book.

The Narration: Alex Wakeland needs to polish his technical recording skills. His voice for Hoffman was OK but the recording issues with this book made it a chore to get through. Wakeland did do a few voices for the ladies but pretty much he had 1 voice for all the men and 1 voice for all the ladies. This wasn’t a big deal as everything is told through Hoffman’s voice. the recording itself often sounded rough. Sometimes it sounded like we were in a cavern, sometimes near some highway, sometimes with a slight echo. Also, there’s one repeated chapter. 2.5/5 stars.

  • A Witch's Path Box Set

  • Books 1 - 3: Witch for Hire, A Witch's Path, A Witch's Trial
  • By: N. E. Conneely
  • Narrated by: Soundbooth Theater, Jeff Hays
  • Length: 22 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 63
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 60
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 60

Most witches don't work for police departments, but Michelle isn't your average witch. She's clanless, looking for a warlock who isn't offended by her lack of family connections, and in danger of losing her job if she can't find the eight escaped trolls before they start eating the local residents. Trolls, angry police, and misbehaving spells are the least of her problems. Statues attacking homeowners might be problematic for your average witch, but to Michelle it's another day at the office.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • separate reviews for all 3 books

  • By Teresa Noel on 01-22-18

A fun, light urban fantasy

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-13-18

Ok, so I have this lovely, long review that covers all 3 books but Audible isn't letting me post it and I don't know why. perhaps the word count is too high. Doesn't say why the submission failed.

So, basically, I like the simple world building because it's easy to get into the story. I don't like Elron and I find the romance between him and the main character to be silly.

Jeff Hays does an excellent performance for all 3 books for all the characters.

If you want a longer review, it's up on GoodReads, Amazon, LibraryThing, and BookLikes.

  • Twofer Murder

  • By: Lauren Carr
  • Narrated by: Mike Alger, Anita Alger
  • Length: 13 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14

The guys go away for a fishing weekend, only to get caught up in the murder of a journalist investigating fraud at a timber company. Meanwhile, the ladies are spending the weekend in the presidential suite at a posh resort, where Jessica Faraday is to accept a lifetime achievement award for her late grandmother at a murder mystery writers conference. But before they have time to get their facials, they get wrapped up in their own real mystery when an up-and-coming author ends up dead!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Exciting and challanging

  • By chieftwidgit on 06-03-18

Good for Carr fans; not best place to start new

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-13-18

Note: This book works fine as a stand alone even though it is an intersection among 3 of Lauren Carr’s murder mystery series.
I’ve listened to many Lauren Carr novels and the Mac Faraday stories are my favorites. Still, I looked forward to seeing all of the main characters for the 3 intersecting series come together. The start was a bit slow for me and I think this was because Carr was introducing her characters for those that are unfamiliar with one or more of her series. The men are off fishing and the ladies are attending a murder mystery convention and awards ceremony. After 3 hours, I really wanted to spend all my time with the guys. There is so much about how the ladies look (pretty, gorgeous, voluptuous, luscious, beautiful, etc.) and then plenty about fashion (shoes, dresses, handbags, etc). I especially found all that very boring mostly because I know these ladies are so much more than their looks and clothing. I wouldn’t recommend starting with this novel if you’re just venturing into Carr’s novels. These characters show much better in other novels being more rounded and interesting.
There are basically two plots going on for the majority of the book. The guys are dealing with the Mud men (father and his sons) in a logging community. The Muds are bullies and there’s an old fatal car accident that has affected several people in area deeply. The ladies are on the track of the Black Diamond, an assassin for hire that some of them have run into before. There’s more than meets the eye with this lady! Our ladies have to learn how to play nice with some FBI while keeping it under wraps.
I really liked Gnarly’s addiction to cheese puffs and the trouble that leads to. There’s also Monique the tarantula who belongs to Jessica. I loved that suite’s butler had no trouble with setting Monique up in her own little bug house.
I liked both mysteries though I felt it took a little too long to get them to dovetail and bring all the main characters to play under one roof. This novel wasn’t as concise as much of Carr’s works and, once again, I think this is because she brought so many main characters into the story. All together, it’s a good tale for those that have read some of Carr’s other works, especially if you’ve dabbled in all 3 series. 3.5/5 stars.
The Narration: Anita Alger and Mike Alger tag team the narration for this book. Mike makes a good Mac Faraday and he does a pretty good job with all the male voices. Sometimes his female character voices sound feminine and sometimes they don’t. Anita had several regional accents for the ladies which I liked as it kept them distinct. Her male character voices often did not sound like men. I especially didn’t like the voice for Liam, a grown man with delusions of grandeur; he sounded like a 10 year old. The recording quality was good. 3/5 stars.

  • Parallax

  • Starblind #2
  • By: D. T. Dyllin
  • Narrated by: Ashley Holt
  • Length: 6 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 23
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 23
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 23

Tamzea, a Mazatimz healer, found a home as part of the crew on the starship The Pittsburgh. But when a part of her past crashes into her present, she's forced to face the uncertainty of her future. Dragged back to a place Tamzea had hoped to leave in her worst nightmares, she discovers Eron, a man she thought dead. Determined to save each other, Tamzea and Eron must find a way to work together, despite their torrid past. With partial truths, and political games, will Tamzea be able to fix Eron, or is he too broken for even her to heal?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Book 2

  • By MANI on 10-05-17

Quick & breezy

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-13-18

Note: While this is Book 2 in the series, this works fine as a stand alone novel.

It was fun getting to know Tamzea in this novel. In Book 1, Starblind, she was a rather minor character. Here, she is center stage. Even as memories from her past haunt her dreams, her future lies rooted in that past. The Pittsburgh has bumped into an unexpected spacepod with an even more unexpected cargo. This cargo drags Tamzea back into a hell hole she once escaped.

Eron, Tamzea’s other half, has been trapped in that hell hole all these years. The two must figure out their escape together even as they decide on their new relationship. There’s plenty of sexy scenes in this book, as there was in Book 1. They are delightfully steamy even if some of them are rather brief.

This space opera is quick and breezy fun. Jane still has a role as captain. She’s got a whiny side when her mate, Ash, is off doing something, leaving her alone. Zula and Masha also put in appearances but their roles are small. I liked the new addition of Eron though I felt that most of the focus was on his most masculine attributes (especially during the sex scenes).

The pace is fast and well spaced between action scenes, sexy bits, and a little bit of character reflection or growth. The Denards continue to be the baddies in this series with little depth but I can live with that. While I did like Book 1 a little more, this was a good addition to the series. 3.5/5 stars.

The Narration: Ashley Holt continues to have a distinctive cadence in her narration. It’s not bad but it is an acquired taste. Since I was already familiar with her work from Starblind, I found her narration a good continuation for the series. Mostly, her character voices were distinct but sometimes they were muddied. Her male voices were masculine. Once again, I did speed up the narration just a touch (1.25X) as so many of the syllables are really drawn out. Increasing the speed made the narration sound more natural. 3.5/5 stars.

I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. This tour is being sponsored by Spectrum Audiobooks. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.