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  • 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 6,586
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,189
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,203

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

Made me stop in my tracks at the grocery store!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-01-17

That moment when the salesman taps you on the arm and asks you if you need help, and you suddenly realize you have been standing in front of the ketchup at the grocery store for over 15 minutes, barely able to breathe, simply from a fight scene in a book. Yeah.... That happened...

I really enjoyed this! Will definitely continue with the series.

  • Keystone

  • Crossbreed Series, Book 1
  • By: Dannika Dark
  • Narrated by: Nicole Poole
  • Length: 10 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,442
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,243
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,226

When the road forks, how do you know which path is the right one? Raven Black hunts evildoers for fun, but her vigilante justice isn't the only reason she's hiding from the law. Half vampire, half mage, she's spent years living as a rogue to stay alive. When a Russian shifter offers her a job in his covert organization hunting outlaws, dignity and a respectable career are finally within her grasp.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Keystone Was A Decent Spin Off But.....

  • By Cheri on 02-02-17

Another epic Dannika Dark book

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

Reviewed: 08-02-17

Dannika Dark is one of my one-click authors. I rarely read what her books are about before diving in, but I always buy them on audio because Nicole Poole manages to bring the books to life in a way very few other narrators can. She is simply brilliant. Keystone is no exception. There were so many accents, so many emotions, and conflicts, and all of it was done perfectly... I was completely enthralled with this. Christian Poe's voice fit him perfectly, as did Niko's. I liked Raven, as I usually do with all the female leads in DD's books. She writes them "real", with faults and real emotions and struggles. Raven touched me, though, because even though she was dirt poor and homeless, she still didn't cling to Keystone as her only option. She was brave enough to consider her heart first, even if it meant giving up food and shelter. I appreciate that. Because I've already read all of Dannika's other books, I was already familiar with much of the "Breed World", but this took it even further. I loved having shifters, vampires, grave walkers, etc all in one book, so closely together. I've already DL'ed book 2, and am anxious for book 3 as well. Well done, Dannika Dark and Nicole Poole, you've captivated me once again.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Ella's Twisted Senior Year

  • By: Amy Sparling
  • Narrated by: Meghan Kelly
  • Length: 5 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37

Having spent most of her senior year flying under the radar, the last thing Ella Lockhart expected was to have a tornado rip straight through her house, leaving her homeless. It's bad enough that the whole school now pities her, but did her parents have to let the neighbors take them in?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • So much more than I expected!

  • By Jan M on 07-16-17

Fun story, great narration

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

Reviewed: 07-23-17

Oh, high school. The drama! This was a fun story, and I liked the characters. They felt real to me, and not forced together like some stories. Ethan is a stud, if only all guys were that sweet and caring in high school. Ella was likeable, and I loved her independent spirit. I loved to hate the villian/Kennedy, LOL. I almost didn't like the last scene with her, because my emotions were already tied up so much in one way toward her, I didn't want that to change. Ha!

I enjoyed the narrator, and appreciated that she used a different narrative voice for the male/female leads. It made it easy and more real to listen to. She did a great job. I plan to look up more of her books. .

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Five Weeks

  • Seven, Book 3
  • By: Dannika Dark
  • Narrated by: Nicole Poole
  • Length: 11 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,113
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,865
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,868

Jericho isn't the famous rock star he once was, though he still plays in a local band and loves to party. Beautiful women come and go, but music is his only passion - until a sassy redhead named Isabelle Monroe shows up unexpectedly. Izzy has always loved the freedom and adventure of life on the road, but she has recently decided to settle down-as much as a rogue wolf can. When her boyfriend gets her a job working at a hot Shifter bar, she runs into the last person on earth she expected to see again.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Much better than the last one

  • By Amazon Customer on 05-09-15

Overcoming miscommunications

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

Reviewed: 11-29-16

I loved watching Jericho grow up and accept his deep rooted love for Izzy in this book. The chemistry between characters was real and tangible, and unavoidable. My heart broke when they miscommunicated, but I cheered them on as they worked through their emotions, too. I really enjoy this series. It is written beautifully and narrated so well, too. I love the pack dynamic... I want to go play laser tag and eat nachos with these guys! :)

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • From Burning Ashes

  • Collector Series, Book 4
  • By: Stacey Marie Brown
  • Narrated by: Amy Landon
  • Length: 12 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 418
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 389
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 391

In this final installment, Zoey's strength, determination, and trust are put to the ultimate test. In the fight to protect the people she loves and stop DMG from experimenting on fae, humans, and animals to create soldiers, she learns the reality of how far Dr. Rapava will go to achieve his ultimate mission.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Sound technicalities, but good conclusion!

  • By BookMama on 11-29-16

Sound technicalities, but good conclusion!

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

Reviewed: 11-29-16

I loved the first three books, and I was both excited and dreading the conclusion. It's always like that with a good series! This did not disappoint. All the tension, all the questions, all the unknowns are finally clicking into place. It felt like a good closing to a fast paced, action filled, heartache enduring story. Well done. I love the characters in this series, every one of them! The relationship between Ryker and Zoey feels real, with ups and downs and frustrations. It wasn't the average love at first sight, too, which was refreshing. Kroygen (not sure how you spell his name) and Sprig's banter was hilarious. Speaking of Sprig, he is the absolute best! I adored him. I was a honey-loving sprite monkey! The voices Amy Landon did for each character fit them well, but the one she did for Sprig was PERFECT.

There was some voice technicalities in this book, at times it would switch and sound a little echo-y. It was less in the last half of the book, but definitely noticeable in the first half. That said, it didn't annoy me enough to shut off the story at any time. Just a heads up in case that kind of stuff bugs you. :)

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Sandstone and Mirrors

  • The Crossover
  • By: Angelique Lafontaine
  • Narrated by: Brandi Benger
  • Length: 5 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6

Carli, a young woman in her mid-twenties, finds herself unsatisfied with her life and yearning to discover her own greatness. Thru a series of extraordinary events, she finds herself hurled into the middle of a long lasting battle between good and evil where she eagerly accepts responsibility for what it is she was destined to do.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good Story

  • By Amazon CustomerBeliever on 03-03-17

Room for improvement... both the story & narration

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

Reviewed: 11-15-16

This book was not for me. I felt there was room for improvement in the writing. The story seemed to be okay, but the characters names were used too often where pronouns would have sufficed. So while the story felt okay, it was distracting and repetitive hearing "Carli this and then Carli that". Then, the story was paired with a narrator who was much too young to be a 50 year old character. I think with practice she will become a good narrator, but for this story, she felt very flat/monotone and left the story dry. Character voices were not emphasized and emotions were not felt. Actions felt empty, even during tense scenes. Lastly, the editing was... odd. It was almost rushed or forced to fit in a certain amount of time. The sentences were clipped in the way that it almost felt some sentences were overlapped. I don't think words were left out, but it felt like there was NO break between the end of one sentence and the beginning of the next. It happened frequently, so it was distracting and unpleasant. All that said... while I did not love this story, I did not hate it it either because I do see potential in both author and narrator.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Six Months

  • Seven Series, Book 2
  • By: Dannika Dark
  • Narrated by: Nicole Poole
  • Length: 12 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,632
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,354
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,345

April Frost is a compassionate young woman with a steady job and ambitious goals. But the harder she runs away from her past, the more it threatens to destroy her. When three strangers enter her life, April is forced to face her demons, and it's a battle she may not win. Private investigators in the Breed world are men who take risks, and Reno Cole is no exception. As a Shifter, he's expected to control his inner animal. But lately his wolf has been venturing dangerously close to the city, and he's about to discover why.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Overall ~ A Great Story!!

  • By Cheri on 01-31-16

Struggling through this one

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

Reviewed: 10-25-16

I'm struggling through this book. It's not the story, I'm intrigued and want to find out what happens to April and Reno. But MAN... the narrator makes April sound like a dimwit with no backbone whatsoever. I honestly cringe at her voice sometimes. I get that she's had a hard life, and that bad things keep happening, but... she also doesn't seem to have any courage to make her life better. It's not the kind of story I like to listen to.

I do like that the voices for the characters are the same in book 1as book 2, though. I can immediately tell who is talking by the voice, even if they are not a main part of the story anymore. It's well done. I just really don't like how weak and trampled April is becoming.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Chase the Dark

  • Steel & Stone Series, Book 1
  • By: Annette Marie
  • Narrated by: Jorjeana Marie
  • Length: 10 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 534
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 481
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 478

Piper Griffiths wants one thing in life: To become a Consul, a keeper of the peace between humans and daemons. There are precisely three obstacles in her way. The first is Lyre. Incubus. Hotter than hell and with a wicked streak to match. His greatest mission in life is to get Piper into bed and otherwise annoy the crap out of her.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of my new fave series

  • By Shelly on 04-25-16

HORRIBLE narrator!! Made me return the book

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

Reviewed: 10-06-16

I have a rule. Give the narrator one hour so they can relax into their role. Ittook everything in me to stick to that with this book, because within that one hour, I cringed over a dozen times and paused it twice. It wasn't the writing... that actually was already interesting to me. It was the narrator. She is dreadful. She slips into this nasally tone frequently, often mid-sentence that makes it sound like the characters are being strangled. Needless to say, I returned this book... and I never return books. I've heard so many good things about this series, so I'll pick up a paperback copy instead. Do not waste your time on this!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Wizard's Heir

  • By: Devri Walls
  • Narrated by: Dan Marta
  • Length: 7 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 12

Tybolt's a Deviant, a hated race immune to direct magic in a world where Wizards ensure survival. But when he loses his entire family to a spell-made storm, he joins an elite group of Wizard hunters, organized beneath the new, non-magic-wielding king. Now 18, he spends his days capturing Wizards. But the nights are his, reserved to feed the starving villagers of Eriroc under cover of dark. There's always more people in need than he can help, and one of these days he's going to hang for theft from the royal kitchens.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A story of accepting the truth about yourself

  • By BookMama on 06-18-16

A story of accepting the truth about yourself

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

Reviewed: 06-18-16

I have been a fan of Devri Walls' books for a while now. I have been begging and begging her to make them available in audio format. So I was THRILLED when The Wizard's Heir was ready! I downloaded it right away and immediately started listening. I have already read the book, however, listening to it in audio brought the story to a whole new level for me. Then again, that's why I love audio books (#audiobookjunkie here!)

As for the narrator.... From my understanding, this was Dan Marta's first audiobook and I thought he did a great job. I was able to distinguish each character easily. Some of the male voices were a touch feminine, which took some getting used to, but most were a great match for the character. My favorite voice, I think, was Malachai.... the skittish, clumsy, diffident, and devoted assistance. It was perfect for the character! Mr Marta read at a smooth pace, enunciated clearly, and I did not ever feel the need to rewind because I missed something. It will be fun to see him grow as a voice narrator from here!

As for the story.... well, I've already said I love Devri Walls's books. She writes beautifully. Each of her stories are fast paced, yet full of depth. She creates worlds that are easy to just dive in... you feel at home in the story from the very first chapter. The Wizard's Heir is a world of poverty and desolation, yet there is still hope. The main character, Tybolt, is kind, caring and devoted to helping others, even when society doesn't care. He sacrifices for the sake of others. And when he is confronted with some tough choices and hard-to-believe circumstances, he doesn't just turn his back. He seeks wisdom through it, and grows as a person. The other main character, Auriella, holds onto hope even after the world has crushed and continues to hurt her. She trusts few, but those she does trust, she trusts deeply.. and it's that trust that holds them together through the impossible. It's a story of utter despair being turned into hope through accepting something long since hated.

I do recommend this story for those who like a fast paced novel with a touch of fantasy. Devri describes the story as "Robin Hood meets fantasy" and I couldn't agree more. Give it a try!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • City of Heavenly Fire

  • The Mortal Instruments, Book 6
  • By: Cassandra Clare
  • Narrated by: Jason Dohring, Sophie Turner
  • Length: 20 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,089
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 3,691
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,712

Darkness has descended on the Shadowhunter world. Chaos and destruction overwhelm the Nephilim as Clary, Jace, Simon, and their friends band together to fight the greatest evil they have ever faced: Clary's own brother. Nothing in this world can defeat Sebastian - but if they journey to the realm of demons, they just might have a chance.... Lives will be lost, love sacrificed, and the whole world will change. Who will survive the explosive sixth and final installment of the Mortal Instruments series?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Jason Dohring is awful to listen to...

  • By Jessica on 05-30-14

WHY switch narrators?!

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

Reviewed: 04-12-16

Why oh why did they switch narrators?! Now the female narrator has a British accent, and although she does a good job, the accent COMPLETELY changes the characters in my mind. It's like I'm listening to a whole different story! The characters have British accents now, too (well, not all of them... she does keep the accent out of a few of the characters...). The male narrator bored me. He is not a talented narrator, in my opinion. His character voices sound very similar, and he has the annoying of habit of pausing after every 5-10 words, even mid sentence. I also noticed he kept going back and forth between giving the characters British accents or not. It was inconsistent. I had a hard time finishing this book the first time, and am struggling through it again as I relisten to the series. This just does not fit with the rest of the books! :(

1 of 1 people found this review helpful