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Bad Hat

California, USA
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  • Poison Study

  • By: Maria V. Snyder
  • Narrated by: Gabra Zackman
  • Length: 10 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,985
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,610
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,619

About to be executed for murder, Yelena is offered an extraordinary reprieve. She'll eat the best meals, have rooms in the palace, and risk assassination by anyone trying to kill the Commander of Ixia. And so Yelena chooses to become a food taster.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fantasy, with a touch of romance.

  • By A on 12-03-05

Not original enough to be good fantasy

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

Reviewed: 12-28-18

And not steamy enough to excuse its faults as part of the nature of the average formulaic romance.

Clunky place and character names, and derivative plot devices combined with a level of writerly sophistication below even the average YA fantasy ( and, let’s be real, only tolerable when liberally mixed in with solid action scenes, either romantic or otherwise, of which this book lacks both) make for an odd duck of a listen that never really pays off.
The whole thing feels like 2/3 of a story, perhaps deliberately
to sell the numerous sequels. Will give one more a listen to see if the “second in a series” rule holds, but have my doubts.
Also, performance lacked in subtlety, though did show promise.
Overall: intriguing at first but failed to deliver a truly satisfactory experience in any category.

  • Dark Lover

  • The Black Dagger Brotherhood, Book 1
  • By: J. R. Ward
  • Narrated by: Jim Frangione
  • Length: 13 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,428
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,949
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,963

The vampire Darius fears for the life of his half-breed daughter, who is unaware of her unusual destiny. To oversee her transformation, Darius seeks help from Wrath, a dangerous loner and the world's only purebred vampire.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Awsome title even for the Men

  • By John on 04-19-09

Marred by flat narration

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

Reviewed: 12-18-18

Bad editing, and a little too much homophobia.
Otherwise, totally acceptable vampire fare. Also, just caught a look at the spellings and, well, they are awful. Listen, don’t read. No way to take the name seriously when it is spelled Zsadiszt. Ugh.

  • Uprooted

  • By: Naomi Novik
  • Narrated by: Julia Emelin
  • Length: 17 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,406
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 5,070
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,041

Agnieszka loves her valley home, her quiet village, the forests and the bright shining river. But the corrupted Wood stands on the border, full of malevolent power, and its shadow lies over her life. Her people rely on the cold, driven wizard known only as the Dragon to keep its powers at bay. But he demands a terrible price for his help: one young woman handed over to serve him for 10 years, a fate almost as terrible as falling to the Wood.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Narrator?!

  • By D. Hawkins on 07-24-17

Amazing book, difficult performance

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

Reviewed: 12-13-18

This is a gorgeously written fantasy, but the performer’s heavy accent,stilted delivery, inconsistent pronunciations and limited character voices where a hindrance. The enrichment of the atmosphere intended by casting an Eastern European voice to read a story based on Eastern European folklore was less than successful in this case. As a Russian American who grew up bilingual and around heavily accented English, I respect and love the idea, but believe its execution could have been handled with more care.

  • Predatory

  • By: Alexandra Ivy, Nina Bangs, Dianne Duvall, and others
  • Narrated by: Arika Rapson
  • Length: 12 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 333
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 318
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 319

Paranormal romance authors Alexandra Ivy, Nina Bangs, Dianne Duvall, and Hannah Jayne present four original novellas in this exciting anthology.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • 4 stories ranging from good to great :D

  • By Malinda on 08-24-13

Could not finish because

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

Reviewed: 08-15-18

the reader has one of the most clock-stopping nasal accents Ever. Also, excessive mispronunciations and lots of lazy word endings and t and d mushiness. And don’t get me started on the ghastly French accent.

  • Beyond Control

  • By: Kat Martin
  • Narrated by: Jack Garrett
  • Length: 11 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 136
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 115
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 117

When Victoria Bradford got engaged, she told herself to give love a chance. Six months later, she's on the run from her angry, abusive ex-fiance with her four-year-old daughter and nowhere to go. Seventy miles north of Dallas, the Iron River Ranch is pretty much nowhere. That's what its new owner, Josh Cain, wanted when he came back from Afghanistan. Big skies, quiet nights, no trouble. One look tells Josh the pretty redhead with the adorable little girl will give him trouble of the most personal kind. But he's seen trouble before, and he doesn't scare easy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another great story

  • By JoAnn N. on 06-09-18

Weirdly militaristic and a lot of product promotio

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

Reviewed: 07-24-18

Yeah, rather than a compelling story, this is a pro-military, terrorism-panic fueled romp with a protagonist clearly experiencing PTSD, despite the number of times the reader is assured otherwise. The third in a series of similarly themed tomes, if the line I read in the previous book that mentioned something like " Terrorists all want death to the infidels" is any indication. Also, white people get physical descriptions, everyone else gets " partly HIspanic" or "African American" or, my personal favorite " Asian heritage".

Also, Garrett's clear, but not very wide, vocal range made me realize this feels like a romance novel written by a man attempting to turn a profit off a "lady book" or possibly a woman trying to write a romance novel that a man might write, if all men and women where white hetero-normative, slightly conservative, Texans. Sex scenes demonstrate a pretty profound misunderstanding of female anatomy, much less sexuality. Writing style is bizarre, with all "lady things", from blouses to nipples, described with a single adjective: "pretty", but detailed descriptions abound about the following: cars, guns, freeway driving, the military. Also, lots of product promotion, from Ford F-150s to Kindles.

On the other hand, props for a b-plot exploring the productive post-war lives and sexuality of disabled ( differently abled? amputee?) veterans.

Bottom line: I will not be going back to read the first two books in the trilogy, and you can skip all three.

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  • Rosehaven: Medieval Song, Book 5

  • By: Catherine Coulter
  • Narrated by: Anne Flosnik
  • Length: 11 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 131
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 119
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 119

Severin of Langthorne returns to his family's estate to find his family and land in ruin. His father and brother dead, his mother demented, he is the new Baron Louges, an empty title due to the destruction of his world. Meanwhile the Earl of Oxborough, Fawke of Trent, has selected Severin to marry his daughter and only heir. While his new place in society seems enviable, his new wife detests him. The ill-matched marriage, coupled with "Rosehaven", the mysterious property in which they live, presents a challenge once again for Severin.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very good read!

  • By Jay on 06-23-13

Rapey

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

Reviewed: 03-04-18

What did you like about this audiobook?

Anne Flosnik is a great performer. Her subtle changes between characters is clear, her pronunciation stunning, and her pitch only occasionally drops into the comical "deep voice because I am a manly man" theatrics so many other performers rely on in reading romance novels.

How has the book increased your interest in the subject matter?

Well, I would be interested in learning more about medieval uses of herbs. There is a lot of cooking, eating, potion making and doctoring between long drawn out bouts of spousal rape.

Does the author present information in a way that is interesting and insightful, and if so, how does he achieve this?

The subject matter seems reasonably well researched, with certain glaring exceptions. For example, I am pretty sure cotton socks would be an unheard of luxury in 13th century England.

What did you find wrong about the narrator's performance?

The extremely precise RP pronunciation occasionally feels a little affected, but better too crisp than sloppy.

Do you have any additional comments?

This would actually be a cut above the average historical romance in terms of research, dialogue, and story if not for the basic premise being " Rape is ok and leads to love"

  • Autumn Lover

  • By: Elizabeth Lowell
  • Narrated by: Laural Merlington
  • Length: 10 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 120
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 59
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 60

Returning to her Wyoming ranch at the Civil War's end, Elyssa Sutton finds it picked bare by scavengers and coveted by determined men. Yet the proud young woman vows never again to abandon her Ruby Mountain home, though it means enlisting the aid of a dark and dangerous stranger who lives for revenge alone.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • It's a risk.

  • By SA Shay on 06-09-10

When read by a man...

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

Reviewed: 03-04-18

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

Less men being mean to women for exactly zero reason

What do you think your next listen will be?

Later work by Lowell to see if they are better. I seem to recall liking her at some point. Maybe it was when I was younger and more full of self loathing.

Did Laural Merlington do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

Significantly better than R. Ferrone, who reads some of the others in the series. Also, she doesn't mispronounce "tarpaulin" every five seconds.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Autumn Lover?

The ones where the male character repeatedly verbally abuses a woman he does not know at all.

Any additional comments?

Well, there wasn't any actual rape... Redeemable.

  • Only His

  • By: Elizabeth Lowell
  • Narrated by: Richard Ferrone
  • Length: 12 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 280
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 137
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 141

Willow Moran wants to find her gold-mining brother in the Colorado Rockies and start a new life. Dark, strong, unsmiling Caleb Black is going to be her guide. As threatening as he seems, this former army scout is Willow's best hope for a safe passage through the treacherous mountains past comancheros and Indian renegades. But torn between his need for a woman and his thirst for vengeance, Caleb has his own reasons for helping the innocent young Willow.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Audiobooks should have ratings...

  • By Amy on 03-23-09

Hearing it Read by a Man Highlights the MIsogyny

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

Reviewed: 03-04-18

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

Actually, nothing could have.

What was most disappointing about Elizabeth Lowell’s story?

The repetitive trope of men not believing women. Throughout this series

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

Ferrone mispronounces "tarpaulin" to disturbing excess.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

The sex scenes are pretty solid

Any additional comments?

There were times I actually considered the possibility this series was written by a man trying to convince women that they are terrible.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Switch

  • By: Sandra Brown
  • Narrated by: Jan Maxwell
  • Length: 14 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,241
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,111
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,114

From the bestselling author of The Alibi comes a thriller about a woman investigating the murder of her identical twin sister. Melina Lloyd vows to stop at nothing to learn the truth and avenge her sister Gillian's death. But soon she is on the run from police, the FBI, and the mastermind whose evil plot to engineer the perfect "switch" could result in disastrous consequences on a global scale.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Don’t waste your time

  • By Iris M. Archer on 07-09-18

Ridiculous

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

Reviewed: 02-05-18

Absurd plot even for beach reading, and vaguely racist albeit not in a deliberate, or even pr

0 of 1 people found this review helpful