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  • Ravensong

  • Green Creek, Book 2
  • By: TJ Klune
  • Narrated by: Kurt Graves
  • Length: 20 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 231
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 225
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 224

Gordo has found himself once again the witch of the Bennett pack. Green Creek has settled after the death of Richard Collins, and Gordo constantly struggles to ignore Mark and the song that howls between them. But time is running out. Something is coming. And this time, it’s crawling from within. Some bonds, no matter how strong, were made to be broken.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • As good as it gets

  • By N Florida on 12-07-18

I loved Wolfsong with all my heart. But this one?

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

Reviewed: 01-09-19

1.5 stars

Who the hell takes 10 days to listen to an audiobook? Someone who constantly put it down in disgust or boredom or was afraid her eyes would get stuck because she rolled them so often. I put it to bed this afternoon at 90%. After 10 days I couldn’t take it anymore. "That's a long wait for a train don't come."

Sophomoric/lazy writing, repetitive, frustrating, depressing, far too long, and flat-out exhausting. We never really get to see all this magical power the author has endowed on Gordo (who was truly unlikable for most of this book), and that felt like a betrayal. It felt like Gordo couldn't have protected himself if he'd had a fully-loaded M16 and a backup rocket launcher. What fight scenes there were... terribly disappointing. The primary antagonist (a hunter) was truly a sanctimonious caricature of villainy. Her religious, self-righteous speeches in the audiobook made me want to find an ice pick for my ears.

I think the author made a mistake writing this book (narrated by Gordo) with the same clipped, simplistic, repetitive language and cadence he used in Wolfsong. It worked brilliantly for Ox, but it doesn’t work here. This isn't the way I pictured Gordo speaking, thinking, or acting. And since I listened only to the audio version of the story, I have to add a similar comment about narrator Kirt/Kurt Graves who also performed Wolfsong. He was a good choice for that story, but he was absolutely the wrong voice actor for this book. His limited vocal range and monotonic delivery really showed here. Even in present day, almost everyone sounded like teenagers. Some sounded drunk, drugged, or mentally challenged.

I feel bereft, as I loved Wolfsong with all my heart. Even the few awesome moments in this story will never encourage me to read on in the series. No more Green Creek. No more Tj Klune.

  • Robby Riverton: Mail Order Bride

  • By: Eli Easton
  • Narrated by: Matthew Shaw
  • Length: 7 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 136
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 134
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 133

Being a fugitive in the Old West shouldn’t be this much fun. The year is 1860. Robby Riverton is a rising star on the New York stage. But he witnesses a murder by a famous crime boss and is forced to go on the run - all the way to Santa Fe. When he still can't seem to ditch his pursuers, he disguises himself as a mail-order bride he meets on the wagon train. Caught between gangsters who want to kill him and the crazy, uncouth family of his "intended", Robby's only ally is a lazy sheriff who sees exactly who Robby is.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it!

  • By Belen on 08-06-18

Ever so good!

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

Reviewed: 08-08-18

As I said in my review of the ebook: Utterly and completely delightful! I don’t think I’ve ever fallen love with so many characters in a single book.

Narrator Matthew Shaw is perfection. Highly recommended!

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Magpie Lord

  • By: K. J. Charles
  • Narrated by: Cornell Collins
  • Length: 6 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 306
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 296
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 294

Exiled for 20 years, Lucien never planned to return to England. But with the mysterious deaths of his father and brother, it seems the new Lord Crane has inherited an earldom. He's also inherited his family's enemies. He needs magical assistance, fast. He doesn't expect it to turn up angry. Magician Stephen Day has good reason to hate Crane's family. Unfortunately, it's his job to deal with supernatural threats. Besides, the earl is unlike any aristocrat he's ever met, with the tattoos, the attitude...and the way Crane seems determined to get him into bed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent story and Performance

  • By Riva on 02-03-18

In a word...fabulous!

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

Reviewed: 08-06-18

Mystery, romance, danger, witchcraft, sex, brilliant dialogue, all in an intricate, beautifully woven tale. Narrator Cornell Collins was excellent.

  • Consorting with Dragons

  • By: Sera Trevor
  • Narrated by: Philip Alces
  • Length: 9 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 125
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 114
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 114

Lord Jasen of Grumhul, an impoverished young nobleman, has come to the Draelands to find a rich husband to help pay his father's debts. To the shock of everyone, he ends up attracting the attention of King Rilvor himself and the dragons who control the magic in the land. Becoming royalty wasn't something Jasen either expected or wanted, but he can't control his growing feelings for the kind and handsome king.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • AbFan!

  • By SassiKassi on 07-22-18

Not as good as the 2014 novella

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

Reviewed: 07-27-18

2.5 stars overall

I think it was the absolutely marvelous narrator, Philip Alces, who unwittingly helped highlight what's wrong with this expanded version of a favorite novella. In my review of the most recent version of the ebook, I quoted fellow Goodreads reviewer Cleo who put one of my strongest issues with this longer version into a better synopsis than I could muster: “I felt like the MC turned into a completely useless Disney princess type character - honest, beautiful, trusting, and with less sense of self preservation than one of my houseplants.” Where was this guy's backbone? I can't remember the last time I rolled my eyes so much and was this disgusted with a protagonist who truly was a gutless wonder. As I said in my review of the expanded book, I did NOT feel this way with the 2014 novella.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Fair Chance

  • All's Fair, Book 3
  • By: Josh Lanyon
  • Narrated by: J. F. Harding
  • Length: 7 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 237
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 228
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 228

Ex-FBI agent Elliot Mills thought he was done with the most brutal case of his career. The Sculptor, the serial killer he spent years hunting, is finally in jail. But Elliot's hope dies when he learns the murderer wasn't acting alone. Now everyone is at risk once again - thanks to a madman determined to finish his partner's gruesome mission.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What a Book!

  • By HappyReader on 03-16-17

The End

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

Reviewed: 03-21-17

Any additional comments?

A very satisfying conclusion to a favorite mystery/suspense trilogy. Very good narration. Highly recommended.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Control

  • By: Cardeno C., Mary Calmes
  • Narrated by: Greg Tremblay
  • Length: 7 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 327
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 316
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 318

Vy Aleknos is the leader of a hawk shifter flock. Openly gay since he was a teen, Vy is proud and self-assured on the outside, while secretly worrying he'll be forced to spend his life alone because two males can't be mates. When bear shifter Robert Cimino appears in Vy's small town, Vy realizes his concerns were unfounded - he has a male mate, and a sexy, dominant one to boot. Robert is a bear shifter who refuses to shift.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not your typical shifter book

  • By Riva on 01-26-15

Didn't care for the CardenoC/Calmes collaboration

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

Reviewed: 01-29-17

Is there anything you would change about this book?

Sadly, yes. Have Mary Calmes write it. It's just too sappy, which is typical of Cardeno C stories. Calmes brings more realistic characterizations and more meat to her books. The sex scenes were overly long, over-the-top, toothache inducing, eye-rolling, melodramatic segues I simply endured.

Did Greg Tremblay do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

Yes, he did. He's very talented with voices, modulation, and tone. However, at least in this audiobook, he was "over acting". That constant stuttery, breathy quality he gave to Robert, and his monotonic inner narrative, drove me crazy. Not a fan.

Was Control worth the listening time?

The base story was actually good. But the amount of eye rolling, skipping forward through the never-ending, melodramatic sex scenes, and listening to Tremblay's Robert...... no, not really. I'd suggest reading the book.

Any additional comments?

THIS WAS A RELISTEN: After listening to hundreds of audiobooks and narrators over the years, it really was a different experience this time. While Trembly is a basically a good narrator, I found his Robert to be nearly intolerable on top of Cardeno C's sappy interpretation of the character. Robert's inner narrative was monotonic and Tremblay slipped into this stuttery, breathy dialogue that was untenable to me. And the abundant sex scenes are far too sappy and melodramatic. Give me a Sam & Jory or a Miro & Ian sex scene any day. I won't be reading anymore of Cardeno C's books, even when collaborating with a favorite author. Not my cuppa.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Wolfsong

  • By: TJ Klune
  • Narrated by: Kirt Graves
  • Length: 18 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,222
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,163
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,167

Ox was 23 when murder came to town and tore a hole in his head and heart. The boy chased after the monster with revenge in his blood red eyes, leaving Ox behind to pick up the pieces. It's been three years since that fateful day and the boy is back. Except now he's a man, and Ox can no longer ignore the song that howls between them.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Kirt Graves is superb!

  • By Belen on 10-07-16

Fabulous story

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

Reviewed: 10-25-16

Would you listen to Wolfsong again? Why?

No, too many tears.

What other book might you compare Wolfsong to and why?

Bloodraven by PL Nunn. Bloodraven is a tough read, really tough in places, but for me it was worth every tear, every jaw drop, every WTF. Perfect ending. I'll never forget it. Wolfsong, which has a welcome dose of humor and an occasion lightness, is equally as emotionally wrenching and memorable as Bloodraven. Two incredible stories by different authors.

Would you be willing to try another one of Kirt Graves’s performances?

No. He was, at best, "adequate" for this story. He doesn't have enough vocal depth and his narrative is monotone. He might be good fit for other stories, but he was miscast for this one.

Who was the most memorable character of Wolfsong and why?

Ox, of course. A simple, honest man with a huge heart and the capacity to selflessly serve others. His reactions to discoveries and realizations were priceless and so self effacing. His strength of character and will, his developing leadership, as he matured was stunning. Best of all was watching others realize what a priceless gem this man was.

Any additional comments?

The story is written in first person, in an interesting, very brief and concise style that is the perfect expression for both the primary protagonist and the story. It’s a powerful love story set amidst tremendous discoveries, loyalty, friendship, and devastating loss. Readers watch the division and desertion of half a family, and the struggles of that remaining half to find common ground, healing, and unexpected leadership while they wait for the return of their brethren. The characters are beautifully drawn, the prose unique, and the author has given readers a unique twist on an old tale. That said, it deserved a better narrator.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • How to Walk Like a Man

  • Howl at the Moon, Book 2
  • By: Eli Easton
  • Narrated by: Matthew Shaw
  • Length: 7 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 327
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 310
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 310

Deputy Roman Charsguard survived Afghanistan where he lost his best friend - his K-9 handler James. Roman was a military dog until two years ago when he developed the ability to shift into a human. It's not easy to learn how to be a man. He found a place to live in Mad Creek, a haven for the secret world of dog shifters. Finding a reason to live has been harder. That is, until a certain human walks into the Mad Creek Sheriff's office and starts making trouble.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant, funny, sexy, and heartwarming!

  • By Belen on 02-21-16

Great sequel

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

Reviewed: 05-20-16

Any additional comments?

A great sequel to How to Howl at the Moon. I couldn't help but fall madly in love with Roman. Narrator Matthew Shaw is much improved, as was the quality of the recording, from the first book. Highly recommended.

  • The Dark Farewell

  • By: Josh Lanyon
  • Narrated by: Max Miller
  • Length: 4 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 97
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 92
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 92

Spiritualist medium Julian Devereux claims to speak to the dead - and he charges a pretty penny for it. Flynn knows a phoney when he sees one, and he's convinced Devereux is as fake as a cigar store Indian. But the reluctant attraction he feels for the deceptively soft, not-his-type Julian is as real as it gets. Suddenly Julian begins to have authentic, bloodstained visions of a serial killer, and the cynical Mr. Flynn finds himself willing to defend Julian with not only his life, but his body.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting historical mystery/romance

  • By Rebecca on 06-14-15

A good short story

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

Reviewed: 10-20-15

Any additional comments?

An interesting audio short/novella. Set just after WWI, very atmospheric, fascinating characters, unique storyline. It was all going well until the abrupt ending. WTH, Josh? See, this is why I hate most shorts. Yeah, I dreamed up my own conclusions, but I would have preferred you'd done it. And please don't use that narrator again.

  • Where You Lead

  • By: Mary Calmes
  • Narrated by: Greg Tremblay
  • Length: 1 hr and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 234
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 222
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 222

ATF agent Peter Lomax isn't a hearts and flowers kind of guy, but he can be possessive, and it caused problems - until Carver Fleming. Carver may be part of the art world, but he gets Peter, loves belonging to the man, and Peter treasures the way Carver understands them together.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Greg Tremblay knocks it out of the park again!

  • By Belen on 09-29-15

Great short story - wish it was longer

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

Reviewed: 10-07-15

Any additional comments?

I'm not usually a fan of short stories but this one was heartwarming, sexy, well written, and generally adorable. Even the secondary characters were memorable. It was a sweet holiday tale and narrator Greg Tremblay was quite good. Recommended!