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  • Raven Thrall

  • Legends of the Ceo San Series, Book 1
  • By: J. Elizabeth Vincent
  • Narrated by: Lynn Norris
  • Length: 8 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6

Born an outsider. Betrayed by her mother. Forced from her home. Mariah considers herself nothing less than a freak. After all, no one else is half-human, half-hawk. Living alone, away from judging eyes and a kingdom that would make her a slave, is the only way to survive. But her mentor starts to push, to hint that she is meant for greater things. Two young raven shifters have been taken, and she may be the only one who can save them. To rescue them, Mariah must expose herself in the heart of enemy territory, and giving up her freedom may be the only chance she has....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Book!

  • By Anna Hazelrigg on 12-08-18

I NEED book 2!

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

Reviewed: 09-08-18

I’ve always loved a good shifter novel, but have actually never read/listened to one where the shifters were anything but full human or full animal, so this had my interest right out of the gates. I really liked the idea of having a religion/gods backing the ability as well. It added a layer of mysticism we rarely get from shifter novels (though I’ll admit that I mostly stay in the romance genre). Mariah started out as a self-imposed loner with a bit of a woe-is-me complex when it came to family, but really came around as her relationships with new friends progressed.

There’s not much I can reference to without spoilers, but I will say that this book was almost like a backstory or prequel to a much longer tale. There were explanations, character building, and details abound, but not a whole lot of conflict until the final chapters. While it wasn’t quite a cliffhanger ending, it did leave me wanting to hear what comes next.

As for narration, Lyn has a special place in my heart as a narrator. She’s great with giving everyone their own unique voice, does accents well, and her pacing is perfect in my opinion.

  • Ardulum: First Don (Volume 1)

  • By: J. S. Fields
  • Narrated by: Lynn Norris
  • Length: 9 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 9

Neek makes a living piloting the dilapidated tramp transport Mercy’s Pledge and smuggling questionable goods across systems blessed with peace and prosperity. She gets by - but only just. In her dreams, she is still haunted by thoughts of Ardulum, the traveling planet that long ago visited her homeworld. The Ardulans brought with them agriculture, art, interstellar technology...and then disappeared without a trace, leaving Neek’s people to worship them as gods. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • now THIS is a tale well told

  • By Kay on 08-02-18

A whole new sci-go experience!

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

Reviewed: 08-12-18

I tend to stay firmly planted in the romance genres, but sci-fi was my first love, even as a child. Lots of novels in this genre have a tendency to stick to humans or humanoid aliens that really have no differences from us other than their homeworld, but Fields had no such notions here! Sure, Neek May have been humanoid herself, but the accompany stook (I’m sorry I don’t know the spelling of that) and telepathy set her and her people aside from normal. Every other alien species mentioned was unlike any I’d read of before too! Right away I knew I was in for a creative novel.

I was very impressed with the real science used in Ardulum. I was caught somewhere between “man where did they come up with this” and “I think I’m actually learning something”, but I say that in the best way. As another reviewer said, it was accessible science, which added that much more to the story. They even went so far as to describe the inner workings of certain injuries, which told me the research that went into making the book believable.

Details like those aside, I appreciated the clear plot. It never dragged or left me skipping sections, and any sudden twists were just unexpected enough to have me wanting to hear another chapter. I loved Neek’s come-at-me attitude, though I’ll admit I’m still a little lost about her past and what /exactly/ happened that led to her getting the boot from Neek.

Now, I’m trying not to give away any spoilers not in the “dust jacket” of the book, so I’ll move onto narration. Lynn Norris. That woman made my ears fall in love with her from the first word, and I’ll likely look into listening any book she narrates until there aren’t any more. She offers such a variety of tones, accents, inflections, emotions, and just pure talent when it comes to narrating, I’ve contemplated writing myself just to have her narrate.

I was given a copy of this book for review, but all views are my own!

  • Second Coming

  • First Fruits, Book 2
  • By: Amanda Carney
  • Narrated by: Lynn Norris
  • Length: 9 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7

When Parsley Walker's fairytale happy ending with her dark lover is threatened, she must risk everything to get it back. Even if it means facing the most dangerous enemy of all. Even if it means dying.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • a phenomenal roller coaster ride

  • By Shadowplay on 04-23-18

I can't wait for more!

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

Reviewed: 04-16-18

I loved First Fruits, and I was eager to listen to the second book from the moment the first finished. Once again, the bad guys are all too real and grimy men, their actions both understandable and deplorable in the best way. A whole new world was opened in the form of Allswell, and the description of it was a vision without being overly wordy. Every new character introduced was given depth and personality, which I really appreciated.

Without giving any plot away, I was riveted by the ups and downs Jesse went through. Par was shown to be a headstrong and courageous woman, if a little emotional at times (but not in annoying way). Their relationship moved along in a way that gave me warm fuzzies all around. I also liked getting a little backstory on Patrick; it really gave meaning to his cruel nature and his actions.

Once again, Lynn nailed her narration. I simply cannot get enough of her. Every character has the perfect unique, distinguishable voice. She puts so much emotion and energy into her work. I really hope she takes off in the audiobook world.

Lastly, I really, really hope there's another book coming for Felix (it sounded like it!). He's a hoot of a character, I foresee a lot of fun dialogue coming from his story.

I was given a copy of this audio in exchange for an honest review, but truthfully I would hands down spend money or credits on this book series. I'm seriously hooked at this point.

  • The Council

  • Witch's Ambitions Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: Kayla Krantz
  • Narrated by: Lynn Norris
  • Length: 10 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 24
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 24

The Council is the governing Coven over the Land of Five, a region entirely inhabited and split apart by witches with varying powers. Lilith Lace, a witch thought to be born powerless, happily resides in Ignis, the Coven of Fire, until she suddenly develops telekinesis, an ability only seen in some witches born in Mentis, the Coven of the Mind. When the Council finds out about her odd development, she's taken under their wing and is finally told the truth.... Everything she's learned about the Land of Five, herself included, have been nothing but lies.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I find myself looking forward to the next book...

  • By Lonnie-The GreatNorthernTroll-Moore on 09-08-18

Had me hooked

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

Reviewed: 03-08-18

I really enjoyed the angle on witches and covens in this world. Each coven having one area of talent was something I hadn't heard of before, and it really laid out the idea for how divided everyone is. I do think that the entirety of people seemed rather small, with each coven being no more than a couple of days walk between them, less than a few hundred witches in each, and no mention of "normal" humans or creatures other than witches and fairies. Still, Ms Krants REALLY created a world you could be submerged in. I could practically hear rainfall and bugs chirping. Every chapter I was swaying back and forth on who the actual bad guys were, with more and more flip-flops towards the end. I'm still not sure!

My biggest complaint for this book was that it had little/a slow plot. It was like a huge book of world-building, with lots of unneeded internal dialogue and descriptions of things in minute detail that dragged on. It painted a beautiful picture, yes, but it made me anxious for when things would get back to the actual story. It wasn't until the last few chapters that things started to pick up and progress into a complications/climax pattern, and then ended on a cliff-hanger (I'll be very happy to listen to the next book to find out what happens). For the next book I'd exchange a little less details about objects like hair and food for a faster plot development. And a minor complaint was women being referred to as girls. Lilith is 18 and refers to women older than herself as girls, which threw me a bit at first since I was picturing people under 15.

I ~adore~ this narrator. She hops from accent to accent with ease, puts emotion and depth into each character, and always makes each person unique in such a way that I've never once confused who's talking when she narrates.That woman could make make the world's most boring book interesting.

Oh and Team Cleo! I want to see more of that guy. We need some romance up in here.

I received this book in exchange for an honest review.

  • Fire

  • The Diamond Club, Book 0
  • By: Calinda B, Diamond Club
  • Narrated by: Lynn Norris
  • Length: 7 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28

Private intelligence agent Savannah Summers is skating on thin ice after nearly blowing an undercover operation. Hell-bent on proving herself, Savannah agrees to a dangerous operation that exposes her to more than she ever imagined. Posing as a Diamond Club member's daughter from overseas, Savannah gains the access she needs to the town's most infamous club. But when she discovers that she's been promised to a prominent member's son, who despises her, Savannah is in deeper than she can handle.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved this unique book

  • By Brandie @AudiobookObsession on 01-01-18

Fire!

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

Reviewed: 09-26-17

Normally I'm not into modern romances, but there's something about millionaire romances that hooks me. This one had some extra levels of interest for me: espionage, S&M, and nefarious acts to get those millions.

I liked hearing about Savannah's time in Mosul. It gave insight into how she knew how to sneak, lie, and submit. I was left kind of confused as to if she actually liked submitting, or if it was just Mr Steel making her hot. The inner monologue made it sound like she hated the submission. I also thought there'd be more domination in this book, when in was confined to just the strumpets' room. It wasn't even vaguely mentioned in the actual sex scene, which was a letdown. There was quite a bit of unrestrained sexual escapades mentioned throughout the club, though, which made up for it.

trying not to spoil too much... There were some ??? moments for me, like why SLAE would fire her so abruptly. Why did they end it? What reputable agency would end an assignment without retrieving their employee? The last few scenes were a rushed thing and not explained at all, which was very frustrating. Especially when there a nine month gap. I thought for sure a baby was about to be mentioned. Of all the things Savannah went through, THAT gave her ptsd? apparently it worked out in the end, so that was another confusing thing for me.

All in all, I enjoyed the book and would be interested in hearing more about the club. Murder, thievery, alliances, feuds, and romance all added up to a story worth a credit, in my opinon.

As to the narrator -- I adore Lynn's voice and ability to create so many unique characters. She moans, groans, yawns, laughs, and even sings, which adds SO much depth to any reading.

I received a copy of this audiobook in exchange for an unbiased review

  • First Fruits

  • By: Amanda Carney
  • Narrated by: Lynn Norris
  • Length: 8 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 33
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 31

Parsley Walker didn't want to fall in love. She wanted to pour coffee, serve flapjacks, and forget that she could read minds. But then fate walked in, and he had dark hair and a dark mood, and he looked at her like she was the only woman in the world. Jesse Linwood intended to blow into town, grab the girl, and get gone. Instead, the girl grabbed him with her shy smile and sad eyes. Now, his cold, black vampire heart beats for her alone, but he isn't the only one who craves her. To keep her safe, he must pick a fight he knows he cannot win.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Rough start

  • By Kimberly Smith on 09-24-17

I cannot wait for the next one!

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

Reviewed: 09-06-17

I could go on and on about each piece of this story and why I loved it, but I'll try to generalize so I don't ruin it for anyone.

This was one of those books I was loathe to pause; I wanted to finish it in one go! From the first paragraph I was hooked. The writer had a style that was relatable and emotion-provoking. She was descriptive without being boring, which is something many authors seem to get caught up on. I fell in love with Par's "got to get it done" attitude, and sympathized with to the point of gasping out loud in indignation at points. She was innocent without being unbelievable or annoying about it, and so strong when she needed to be. Seriously, Ms Carney is great at getting the message across in every scene.

Speaking of characters... holy cannoli, can she write some hate-worthy people! Patrick made my skin crawl, but in a good way. The author didn't shy away from sleaze when it came to him, really allowing a better view of what motivated him and how he treated others. Bane's angry jealousy was the perfect addition to keep the story rolling. And don't even get me started on Kirsten's smarmy butt. The good guys? I felt like Lou was my grandma, she was such a sweetheart. I longed for a loyal brother like Felix in my life, too.

There's a huge cliffhanger on the end, and I will be checking for the next book avidly.

Now onto the narrator. I. LOVED. HER. Hands down, my new favorite narrator. She created so many unique voices, it was impressive. She changed voices according to was narrating/POV in the book itself, which made the experience that much more enjoyable. I'd never listened to a book where a narrator changed voices for reading anything but actual dialogue. Did I mention that her accents were impeccable? She's made a follower of me as well, and I'll be following her facebook page for updates on new books she narrates.

I was provided a copy of this book for free in exchange for an unbiased review.

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  • Parallax

  • Starblind #2
  • By: D. T. Dyllin
  • Narrated by: Ashley Holt
  • Length: 6 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 25
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 25
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25

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

Had everything I live

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

Reviewed: 09-01-17

First, I want to say I wish I could go back and edit my review of the first book. Hearing the second really cleared up some plot holes I complained about. If the two books came together as a two parter I wouldn't have been so lost. If the author is reading this, please know that I LOVED this book and will buy the next in the series for sure.

I loved how both protagonists shifted personalities for the better through the story. Hearing true love come full circle is something I enjoy greatly. This book had a set baddue that I could understand and hate, trials that were relatable, and a great arc and conclusion... but with enough of s cliffhanger to leave me wanting more. a+.

The narrator's tempo was miles better than the first book, in my opinion. Maybe it was because the main character had less sass to convey. The voices still needed more difference for individuality, though.

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  • 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 39
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 39
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 39

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

needs more substance

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

Reviewed: 08-30-17

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

Unfortunately, I don't think so. when I finished I was left wondering where the heck the story arc was.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

The bad guy in the book was offed while "off screen", so to speak. I actually spoke out a loud "are you freakin kidding me?" when that part came up. I desperately wanted to hear that scene! It was basically the turning point of the book and it was left out.

How could the performance have been better?

The narrator's pacing was very difficult to listen to. It was, how to put it... bouncy? It seemed like every single sentence had unneeded emphasis on at least one word, long drawn out syllables (reminded me of a teacher being bored of her mind while reading aloud or something), and sentences would just immediately rush into another sentence with no break at all. She also did very little to create unique voices. Several times I thought Jane was speaking when it was Ash, and vice versa.

I will say that I adore her ability to do a laughing talk while narrating.

Could you see Starblind being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

Maybe, since it seems like it could be a spreading story, what with the aliens hell bent on wiping out other species. I loved the new idea on what happened to earth and how we went on by gene splicing, and I feel like that could be expanded on. I'm terrible with actors though.

Any additional comments?

It seemed like the book was mostly the main character inner monologuing, and to be honest, it got tedious quickly. There was way too much inane, random thoughts written in that really clogged up the flow of the book. We also got very little info about Ash. Pretty much all I gleaned about him is that he can turn into fire, he's cute, and he's old as heck. Why was Jane attracted to him other than genetics? It seemed like his main part in the book was to sleep with Jane and that's it.

I did like the basis of the book, I promise. As I said, I loved the new twist on Earth being destroyed, and the big bad alien dudes wanting solar system domination. I loved the species described, too. I just wanted more info!

I was provided a copy of this audiobook in exchange for an honest review.

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  • Choosing Riley

  • Sarafin Warriors, Book 1
  • By: S.E. Smith
  • Narrated by: David Brenin
  • Length: 9 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 800
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 725
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 724

Riley St. Claire has always followed her own rules. When she discovers her current employer is not as law-abiding as she thought, she has to leave town in a hurry...or end up buried with the dead guy she discovered. She doesn't expect to be picked up by a passing trader from another world. As the ruling king of Sarafin, Vox d'Rojah is expected to produce a son who will be joined in marriage with the first-born daughter of the king of Valdier.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Must Listen For S.E. Smith's Fans!

  • By Cheri on 12-27-16

Oh my god I hate Riley

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

Reviewed: 03-19-17

I tried so so hard to finish this. I usually like SE Smith, but Riley was such an air headed, contrary little twit I couldn't do it. I stopped with three hours left. Everything was an argument with her. She did crap just to be a pain, and it wasn't sassy, it was bratty. She was a violent idiot over and over again, and pretty much just seemed to have boobs and an ass going for her.

That aside, I had so many questions and frowns. Why a woman from Colorado had a southern accent for one. Why Fred and Bob didn't get to use their own names, since there wasn't a language barrier. Why she always called her sister her "sainted sister" (every freakin time). Why being heavy makes her "maturely shaped" (she's 24!)? I couldn't figure out if she was big and proud or not, since whenever vox mentioned her big ass she flew off the handle (even when he said it was a compliment she freakin shot him?!). And then the men fantasizing about drinking milk from a lactating woman was just... icky. Cats or not, sexualizing something made for infants left me feeling skeeved (at least three times mentioned).

  • The Golden Dynasty

  • By: Kristen Ashley
  • Narrated by: Tillie Hooper
  • Length: 17 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,258
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,108
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,100

Circe Quinn goes to sleep at home and wakes up in a corral filled with women wearing sacrificial virgin attire - and she is one of them. She soon finds out that she's not having a wild dream; she's living a frightening nightmare where she's been transported to a barren land populated by a primitive people, and in short order she's installed very unwillingly on a white throne of horns as their queen.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not Sure Where To Stand On This

  • By Mykal on 09-13-16

Mixed feelings

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

Reviewed: 07-17-16

Where does The Golden Dynasty rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Good narration, terrible "romance"

What other book might you compare The Golden Dynasty to and why?

All I could think of was Khal Drogo from Game of Thrones pretty much the entire book. Right down to beard and body painting.

What about Tillie Hooper’s performance did you like?

She rolled through a made up tongue very well, and everyone had a distinct voice.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Several times, just to have my heart drop moments turn into grimaces of disbelief later

Any additional comments?

Spoilers and huge freakin trigger warning on this book. Seriously.

It starts with rape. Like multiple times. Then when this guy she absolutely loathes happens to try to give her pleasure first, suddenly she's all over him! As someone who's dealt with sexual violence before, I pretty much wanted to stop listening there. I might have even tasted bile.

She tells him she'll burn in the sun, he ignores her and she gets sun poisoning. Which, by the way, I really wanted to yell every time she said sun stroke. A sun stroke is heat stroke, which happens while you're still exposed. She had sun poisoning, which is sickness that comes from bad sunburns... Major sunburns that she somehow tolerated sex through. Oh, and they were healed in like a day.

Then he hauls off and backhands her so hard she makes a huge speech about never forgiving him. Like a week later... Back fawning all over the brute because he got pouty and gave her a horse???

Then his biggest mistake is not believing her parallel universe story? Seriously? THAT'S the last straw? Just sighs upon eyerolls upon heavy sighs come from me over here.

Two other things: I've read that the written book provides translations, while the audio one? I was left hearing a bunch of melodic gobbledygook over and over again, with rarely an explanation as to what the heck was said (though Cere understanding was implied).

The other is just the really immature little internal dialogues that made want to squirm. I.e. "Ohmygodohmygodohmygod shi* fuc* shi* god shi*!"

All in all, I was really disappointed all around with this one, which is sad because I loved Wildest Dreams.

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