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  • Magic Bites

  • Kate Daniels, Book 1
  • By: Ilona Andrews
  • Narrated by: Renée Raudman
  • Length: 9 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,128
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,229
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,246

Atlanta would be a nice place to live, if it weren't for the magic. When the magic is up, rogue mages cast their spells and monsters appear, while guns refuse to fire and cars fail to start. But then technology returns, and the magic recedes as unpredictably as it arose, leaving all kinds of paranormal problems in its wake.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good book, okay narration

  • By Tera on 04-11-10

Magic Bites and its never felt so good

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

Reviewed: 06-25-15

Where does Magic Bites rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Pretty far up on the list

Who was your favorite character and why?

Im partial to Kate and Derek.

What about Renée Raudman’s performance did you like?

She nails the accents

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

yup

Any additional comments?

I will say that the only negative thing about this performance was the pace. At times it felt like the narrator snailed her way through the chapter. She spoke SO slowly and it drove me mad.
However, the story it self is brilliant! :)

  • Nothing Personal

  • By: Rosalind James
  • Narrated by: Emma Taylor
  • Length: 11 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 217
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 196
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 195

When you wish upon a star... Alec Kincaid has never met the obstacle he couldn't overcome - or the woman who could resist him. And it's not going to happen now, not with his star shining more brightly than ever in the high-stakes arena of San Francisco's software industry. Desiree Harlin doesn't believe in fairy tales, and she doesn't waste time wishing. She's learned the hard way that dreams don't come true. And with her reputation and hard-won security on the line, succumbing to temptation isn't an option.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • stronger together

  • By PenName on 06-11-15

Business and Pleasure - Nothing Personal

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

Reviewed: 06-08-15

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Def. yes. Because its a good story and worth a listen.Any Rosalind James story is...

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

Her voice takes some getting used to as it becomes monotone-like after a while and the 'male' voices sounds alike-not much difference there so it got a bit confusing as to who was actually talking at certain points.

I would advice the narrator to work more on the male voices and try to spice up the tempo a bit, so the story doesn't become monotone-like in the future.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No, sadly I had to split it up this time. I usually listen to a story in one sitting most of the time, but life got in the way this time.

Any additional comments?

Nothing Personal is a lovely story as any of RJ's stories are....and I loved the fact that the female wasn't a pushover and came out a strong and complex character. I loved Ray - made me smile a lot. :)

Alex as a male lead character worked well as a sexy, yummy and handsome lead but I think Desiree stole the show in this Audiobook with her wit and humor in her quest to resist Alex.

Rosalind's story here is quite different from what Im 'used' to reading from her. She's written a story involving about corporate espionage. It gets a bit too technical at times but there are twists and turns that keep it interesting. She does a great job of looking at the business side of life and she hit the nail on the head with the work groups, HR lingo and setting up a new venture-something I've worked quite a bit with myself so Im familiar with that language.

I liked the story....but voiceover needs quite a bit of work as the males voices were hard to differentiate and the tempo of speak became very monotone-like. I kinda zoned out every now and then which didn't happen when I read the story.

But all in all, a good story that just needs a bit of work with the narration.

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated for my review, and I was not required to write a positive review. The opinion expressed here is my own.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Just for You (Escape to New Zealand)

  • By: Rosalind James
  • Narrated by: Claire Bocking
  • Length: 4 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 298
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 272
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 271

Hemi Ranapia isn’t looking for love. Fun, yes. Love, not so much. But a summer fishing holiday to laid-back Russell could turn out to be more adventure than this good-time boy ever bargained for. Reka Harata hasn't forgotten the disastrously hot rugby star she met a year ago, no matter how much she wishes she could. Too bad Hemi keeps refusing to be left in her past.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Back to the beginning for Hemi and Reka

  • By M. Miller on 04-28-15

Just for ME!!!

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

Reviewed: 04-21-15

Where does Just for You (Escape to New Zealand) rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

High up on the list! I love Claire Bocking's work! So talented!

What was one of the most memorable moments of Just for You (Escape to New Zealand)?

The rescue scene in the sea

Which character – as performed by Claire Bocking – was your favorite?

In the series? Hannah and Jenna are usually my favorites....but in this book I gotta say Reka grew on me... of the characters in here Reka is my favorite, of course....She has that whole Strong woman who will kick your ass if you dont behave, but will kiss it better afterwards if you ask nicely as well ;)

Any additional comments?

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated for my review, and I was not required to write a positive review. The opinion expressed here is my own.

I love R.J's books, they always capture my attention. Especially her 'Escape to New Zealand' series...'Just For You' takes place before the first book in the series and we hear how two important characters in the series meet...and more importantly, we hear how Hemi has to actually work for Reka's attention. Love it!

My only issue with this story is that I wish the book was longer and a bit more detaled. Other than that, loved it!

Claire Bocking does an amazing job as always and Im in awe of her talent with changing accents. A multitalented woman! Plus, that Kiwi accent is to nail if you ain't a local. All in all, a brilliant book and worth every dime.

Another amazing Audiobook Just for Me! :D

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Just Not Mine

  • Escape to New Zealand, Book 6
  • By: Rosalind James
  • Narrated by: Claire Bocking
  • Length: 11 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 437
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 408
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 403

Hugh Latimer's coping with a few problems just now. A broken hand, missing the European rugby tour... and a half-brother and sister who are playing havoc with his love life. Instead of packing down in the scrum, he's driving the carpool to ballet - or forgetting it's his turn. When he hears his neighbor wailing out bad pop in the wee hours, it's the last straw.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sometimes the best option is right in front of you

  • By Laura's Reviews on 04-12-15

Another amazing escape to the lovely New Zealand

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

Reviewed: 04-05-15

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I already have! I love Rosalind James' books but Claire B.'s performance is what keeps me returning for another audio book. Why not share it with friends? 😊

What did you like best about this story?

The Kiwi accent that the narrator flawlessly speaks in is def. up there, but I especially love the interaction between Hugh and his siblings. You can feel the awkwardness, the love and confusion between the three while they're trying to find a foothold with each other.

Which scene was your favorite?

The scene where Will, Hugh and Koti are shooting the scene for J.'s show and afterwards when J is showing Hugh her evil character's dirty secrets (in the lingerie drawer)....naughty girl! 😜

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I did listen to it in one sitting. 😊

Any additional comments?

I love R.J's Escape to New Zealand series so keep the books coming! But for God's sake....keep Claire on for the audio books! She's brilliant!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Twice Tempted

  • A Night Prince Novel, Book 2
  • By: Jeaniene Frost
  • Narrated by: Tavia Gilbert
  • Length: 8 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,076
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,772
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,781

Leila's psychic abilities have been failing her, and now she isn't sure what the future holds. If that weren't enough, her lover, Vlad, has been acting distant. Though Leila is a mere mortal, she's also a modern woman who refuses to accept the cold-shoulder treatment forever - especially from the darkly handsome vampire who still won't admit that he loves her.... Soon circumstances send Leila back to the carnival circuit, where tragedy strikes.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another cliff-hanger, more Vlad and Leila to come!

  • By Lynne Phelps on 03-27-13

Hot as Hell !

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

Reviewed: 03-28-13

Where does Twice Tempted rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Very High!

What did you like best about this story?

The chemistry between Vlad and Leila is sizzling hot and you just become captured by it!

What about Tavia Gilbert’s performance did you like?

Tavia is one of my favorite readers...She gives it her all in every Jeaniene Frost Book and her performance in this book was no less spectacular. Cant wait for her performance in the last Leila and Vlad book.

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

When Vlad confessed his love for Leila (FINALLY!) I had tears streaming down my cheeks....such a stubborn man!

When Leila finally embraced her inner dark Goddess and let loose with her power....talk about Girl Power!

Any additional comments?

Vlad always had my attention in the Bones and Cat series. He was the helpful and comical sidekick so to speak, but he was just sooo intriguing a character I couldnt wait for him to have his own book. 'Once burned' I liked SO much.... Twice Tempted I LOVE!

I've been waiting for this book for a looong time and I now I have to wait for the last part for the trilogy in order for me to have closure. Im so invested in this story and with Tavia's voice, I've been known to snap at anyone who actually dares to disturb me during Vlad and Leila's adventures....

How dare they?! Cant they see Im in the middle of emotional trauma from Frost's amazing fantasy?!

Hmpf!

As much as I love Bones and Cat, I feel connected to Leila in a different way. Perhaps because she's semi-human and has been through tough times (which makes her even more human and relatable), I can actually see myself as Leila....and who wouldn't want a man as Flaming HOT as Vlad? With all of his alpha male genes, passion and humor, he makes a pretty ideal knight in shining armor....or should I say....A flaming dragon in the sky? ;D

12 of 13 people found this review helpful