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  • Forsaken (Otherworld)

  • By: Kelley Armstrong
  • Narrated by: Kate Baker
  • Length: 5 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 150
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 143
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 143

Three years after being named Alpha of the North American pack, Elena Michaels is in London battling for respect from the British pack. When it becomes apparent she won't get it, she heads home, expecting a much-needed rest on her family vacation, only to discover a battle brewing of a very different kind. One of her eight-year-old twins has disappeared, and all evidence points to Malcolm Danvers. It seems as if the psychotic former Pack member they've been tracking for the past year has brought the fight to them, setting the bait he knows Elena can't afford to ignore.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Worst narrater ever!

  • By T. LABELLE on 07-11-15

I........almost......didn’t......make.....it....

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

Reviewed: 11-04-17

I have listened to every single audiobook available in the other World Series and this narrator was the second worst narrator, (The one that narrated Stolen was definitely the worst. If you want female Captain Kirk reading you a story then this narrator is for you. She was so monotone it was ridiculous, she sounded like she was recording it from her bathroom, she paused for three seconds between each word practically throughout the entire book on top of that this is the first book in the entire series where the narrator repeated lines. I guess the only good thing I can say about her narration is that she got the pronunciations of the names correct. The book it’s self is another gem by Kelly Armstrong although Some of it didn’t seem as though she was being true to how the characters were in previous books. WARNING SPOILERS!!!! Elana snapping at Jeremy and getting angry with him for asking her daughter questions. She had a pretty good idea of what was happening to her daughter and knew that Jeremy had been the one to help almost ALL of the previous pack members through their first changes....so any line of questioning Jeremy had pertained to that subject was warranted, she had never done that in any of the other books so now that she’s Alpha she feels as though she can be short and snappy with him instead of trusting him completely like she has throughout all the other books, she knows that anything that he does he has a reason for doing so, or at least she knew that before she became Alpha, it could just be me though

  • Counterfeit Magic

  • By: Kelley Armstrong
  • Narrated by: Laural Merlington
  • Length: 2 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 252
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 183
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 185

The first rule of a supernatural fight club? Don't kill your opponent. When the fighters come with lethal spells, werewolf strength, and half-demon powers, that can be a lot tougher than it sounds. It's hard to attract talent if they know they might not leave the ring alive. So when fighters at a California club start dying, it's bad for business. Witch detectives Paige Winterbourne and Savannah Levine take the case.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Too short . . . too many loose ends

  • By Captain Skurvy on 12-07-10

Maybe it’s just me

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

Reviewed: 10-19-17

Maybe it’s just me or the fact that I’ve listen to her narrate so many of these that I don’t mind Laurel Merlington anymore she does a pretty good job, she’s a lot better than some of them have been. This is a short story but It has enough mystery and enough excitement to wet your appetite before the next book and it gives you a little bit of insight into Savannah as an adult

  • Frostbitten

  • Women of the Otherworld, Book 10
  • By: Kelley Armstrong
  • Narrated by: Jen Taylor
  • Length: 10 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 687
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 459
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 461

The Alaskan wilderness is a harsh landscape in the best of conditions, but with a pack of rogue werewolves on the loose, it's downright deadly. Elena Michaels, the Pack's chief enforcer, knows all too well the havoc "mutts" can wreak. When they hear of a series of gruesome maulings and murders outside Anchorage, she and her husband, Clay, journey to Alaska in the dead of winter in order to hunt down the dangerous werewolves.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Alaskan Home Run -- Must Read

  • By GH on 12-18-14

Better than the last narration

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

Reviewed: 10-18-17

Thankfully Jen Taylor was a far cry better narrating this book than she was with Living with the Dead. Her pronunciation of forte and Neanderthal bugged me, maybe I’m just being picky but hearing forte pronounced like fort and Neanderthal pronounced like neanderTALL was annoying. At least she got Jamie Vegas right this time and all the characters didn’t sound like valley girls. She did an excellent Aussie accent as well as Russian, all in all it was rather enjoyable. The novel itself.... well I can’t say enough good things about Kelley Armstrong and her Otherworld. This novel had just as much surprise, mystery and intrigue that all of her other novels have along with a strong female lead just like all of her other novels have. You can’t go wrong reading any of her books in the Otherworld Series. However I wouldn’t read this one before reading the others it’s better to read them in order. Kelley Armstrong flushes out the characters more in the other books and then takes them on different adventures throughout the rest of her books and this is one of those adventures, and, just like the characters, the novels intertwine. It’s a wonderful world to lose yourself in.

  • Living with the Dead

  • Women of the Otherworld, Book 9
  • By: Kelley Armstrong
  • Narrated by: Jen Taylor
  • Length: 13 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 559
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 371
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 378

Robyn Peltier moved to Los Angeles after her young husband's sudden death. Though she's still grieving, the challenges of her new life as the PR consultant to Portia Kane - the world's most famous celebutante wannabe - can sometimes be amusing, even distracting. But when her client is gunned down in a nightclub, Robyn is suddenly on the run as the prime suspect in the murder. And as more bodies pile up around her, it seems like only Hope Adams, Robyn's best friend, and Hope's somewhat spooky boyfriend Karl are on Robyn's side. But it's not the police Hope is worried about, and the only way Hope can keep her friend alive is by letting her enter a world she's safer knowing nothing about.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Worst narrator!

  • By ccaa123 on 01-10-14

~le sigh~

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

Reviewed: 10-17-17

Much like the others I was irritated by the mispronunciation of Jaime Vegas’s name, if the narrator had read some of the previous stories then she would know the lineage of Jaime Vegas and how she got her name and that it is DEFINITELY not pronounced with an H like the Spanish name for Jimmy. Since Jamie Vegas is my favorite character in the Otherworld it really went against my grain, it was like fingernails on a chalkboard every time she said it. Also, like the other reviewer’s I too felt as though all of the voices were like valley girl bimbos. I guess that because the story was placed in LA that the narrator thought that this was how they were supposed to sound even tho NONE of them were actually from LA. Its also very true that she did make Karl Marston sound like an old pervert, I couldn’t put my finger on it until I read another review and that sums it up perfectly. I understand that she was trying to do a male voice but when you think of Karl you think of anything but an old pervert, except when you’re listening to Jen Taylor’s narration. However the actual story is another amazing one by Kelley Armstrong and absolutely worth reading. It has as many twists and turns and mystery that all of her other books have. She started doing multiple first person narration’s in Haunted, I actually really enjoy reading in another persons point of view and I think it kind of adds to the mystery, and the frustration because you know what that person’s intentions are but your heroine doesn’t always find out right away, and you’re so relieved when they finally do, it makes you feel like you’re an insider to the action. Kelley Armstrong is a gifted writer, I really wish the television show haven’t sucked so bad, just my two cents

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  • No Humans Involved

  • Women of the Otherworld, Book 7
  • By: Kelley Armstrong
  • Narrated by: Laural Merlington
  • Length: 12 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 716
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 456
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 451

Reluctant to upstage her fellow spiritualists on a reality TV show, Jaime Vegas tries to suppress her talents, as she has done her entire life. But there is something lurking in the maze of gardens behind the house: a spirit without a voice. And it won't let go until somehow Jaime hears its terrible story. For the first time in her life, Jaime Vegas understands what humans mean when they say they are haunted.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent

  • By Autumn on 06-13-07

All time fav of the bunch

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

Reviewed: 10-08-17

It’s hard not to say that every story in the Otherworld series is my favorite story because they’re all wonderful, the way they are intricately woven as well as written is amazing! This book however IS my favorite, and now that I’m on my third time reading through them (this time on audio) I’ve realized that it’s also the reason I started re-reading them....again. I couldn’t wait to get to this one. I don’t know if it’s because I relate to Jaime better than any of the other characters or if it’s because my crush has always been on Jeremy, it could be a little of both, whatever it is, I love this book, and if you are listening to them on audio and you’re listening to them in the order that they were written then you’re used to this performer. The one who narrated Bitten is still the best by far but I’m used to this one and she’s OK

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  • Industrial Magic

  • Women of the Otherworld, Book 4
  • By: Kelley Armstrong
  • Narrated by: Laural Merlington
  • Length: 14 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 684
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 482
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 491

In the aftermath of her mother's murder, Paige Winterbourne broke with the elite, ultraconservative American Coven of Witches. Now her goal is to start a new coven for a new generation. But while Paige pitches her vision to uptight 30-something witches in business suits, a more urgent matter commands her attention. Someone is murdering the teenage offspring of the underworld's most influential cabals - a circle of families that makes the mob look like amateurs.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • good book

  • By Amazon Customer on 09-12-08

Give it a chance WARNING “mild spoilers from Stolen”

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

Reviewed: 10-01-17

I admit, much like other readers I did not like this book to begin with, however I think that it is due to the fact that the first two books are about Clay and Elena. You fall in love with those two characters, become engrossed in their world and you can’t wait to read more about them....then all of a sudden Armstrong switches gears and starts writing about this new character, Paige, a character that you not only learn to despise in Stolen but you learn to despise her through the eyes of two of your most beloved characters. That doesn’t make for a very warm welcome to a story that is written all about her, and not just her, she has a young ward who acts like a spoiled brat. It’s hard to think that you will enjoy such a story. I kept reading, and read all the books, then I read them all over again, and now I am “reading” them again through audiobook. I love all of the characters. You will learn to love Paige as she grows up and Armstrong flushes her out a bit. She becomes less annoying and so does Savannah. I’m so happy that Armstrong weaved such an intricate world where we have tons of characters intertwined into one big huge story. This story is part of that bigger story, it’s a puzzle piece that eventually makes one big huge puzzle. Give it a chance. Armstrong’s Otherworld is worth diving into no matter which direction it goes in. As far as the audiobook goes, this narrator is not as great as the one who read Bitten, but MUCH better than the one who read Stolen. Except for a small few it looks as though she is the one they have chosen to read the rest of the series so you got to learn to like her if you’re gonna listen to it on audiobook.

  • Stolen

  • Women of the Otherworld, Book 2
  • By: Kelley Armstrong
  • Narrated by: Nell Canning
  • Length: 14 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,151
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 838
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 845

In Stolen, on a mission for her own elite pack, Elena Michaels is lured into the net of ruthless Internet billionaire Tyrone Winsloe, who has funded a bogus scientific investigation of the "other races" and their supernatural powers. Kidnapped and studied in his underground lab deep in the Maine woods, these paranormals - witches, vampires, shamans, werewolves - are then released and hunted to the death in a real-world video game.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • great story...wrong choice for narrator

  • By Jay on 03-14-10

This one gets pretty painful

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

Reviewed: 09-21-17

I suppose I should start this review off by saying that this is the third time that I have read these books however it's the first time listening to them on audio so my review might be slightly biased. The books are amazing, Kelley Armstrong is a wonderful writer and this series is one of my absolute favorites. I picked up the first book in a secondhand bookstore around 2003 and have been a fan ever since. The first book, Bitten, was performed beautifully. This one however, well let's just say her interpretation of the voices was like fingernails crossing on a chalkboard. There is a HUGE difference between a southern twang and a Louisianan drawl. Clayton is from Louisiana and has a drawl, this is emphasized repeatedly throughout the books. A twang is not a drawl, and this narrator used a twang entwined with a Neanderthal type muffled low octave tone that one assumes meant she was trying to sound masculine, when really it sounded exactly like it sounds when women make fun of men and use a masculine tone to make them sound dumb. I realize she's not a dude and that she was just trying to sound like one, but it came out sounding forced and completely fake to the point of ruining the story, as did all of her male character voices. The psychologist sounded like Sigman Freud and so did the sorcerer. Her interpretation of the characters voices was almost too much for me to bear, she even managed to make Elena sound masculine most of the time, it was just painful. She also mispronounced so many words I was beginning to wonder if she was just winging it. Where the heck was the director during all this? She pronounced phenobarbital like Pinotbarbital. (She must have forgot what ph sounds like.) There were countless others, that one just sticks out the most. I stuck it out though, like a diehard fan I grinned and bared it, but I don't think I'll ever do that again. There was one voice that I truly believe she nailed, Ruth Winterbourne, I think she was born to perform that voice. If you want my advice though, and you must if you're reading this review, read the book yourself. If this is your first time, just read it yourself don't listen to the audio. The greatness of the story and the characters will be lost in the gut wrenchingly painful performance of this narrator.