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  • Controlled Burn

  • Boston Fire
  • By: Shannon Stacey
  • Narrated by: Tatiana Sokolov
  • Length: 6 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 74
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 65
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 63

Rick Gullotti lives the good life. He fights fires, dates beautiful women - though none long enough so they cast wistful glances at jewelry stores - and has great friends. And thanks to helping out the elderly couple who own his building, his rent is low. But when concerns about their health lead him to contact their only son, his life starts getting away from him.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Hot Firefighter– Need I Say More? No!

  • By DK on 02-26-18

A story that went nowhere...over and over again

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

Reviewed: 03-04-16

What would have made Controlled Burn better?

If the author understood "show and not tell", maybe? Or if her characters were more believable. If the reader had a better voice? If I had saved my credit and spent it on a story that was better written? Im not sure how many fixes this needed (that it didn't get) but anything would have been better than this...schlock. It's so so formulaic and meh and nothing new and awful and and and...

Has Controlled Burn turned you off from other books in this genre?

Perhaps stories by the author. It's the very meh-est of romance that I've read/listened to. If it was a color it'd be beige.

How could the performance have been better?

The voices were awful, I didn't like the pacing and THATS her version of a Boston accent?!? Ha ha ha. No.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Controlled Burn?

All of the repeated scenes that we'd JUST gone over in the opposite characters pov. All of the over-explanation. All of the repetitive thoughts over and over. Maybe then there'd be some room for the couple to actually be shown falling in love and not just be pushed together because the author said so. The chemistry between them absolutely falls flat.

Any additional comments?

Save your credit. Really.

  • Twilight Tenth Anniversary/Life and Death Dual Edition

  • By: Stephenie Meyer
  • Narrated by: Michael Crouch, Ilyana Kadushin
  • Length: 29 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,399
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,286
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,286

Celebrate the 10th anniversary of Twilight. This special 10th anniversary edition includes the original novel as well as exclusive new bonus content. Listeners will relish experiencing the iconic love story of Bella and Edward again...or for the very first time.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyed the altered storyline

  • By Holly H. on 10-13-15

This isn't a "rewrite" by any means

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

Reviewed: 10-06-15

What would have made Twilight Tenth Anniversary/Life and Death Dual Edition better?

I fully expected a different take on the original story using swapped roles: a male human and female vampire, fine. What I didn't expect was literally the exact same book with the find and replace feature used to switch out the name Bella for Beau/ Edward for Edith, etc. like, that's it as far as changes go -- names replaced to opposite genders. The dialogue, internal thoughts, every single situation is the same as the original book.... Just with a male wool gatherer blushing and stumbling all over the place this time. Stephenie Meyer has basically fifty-shaded herself and her fans, and jacked up the price of a ten year old book that people have already bought and made them pay for it again. I'm seriously pissed I got fooled by this bs.

Would you ever listen to anything by Stephenie Meyer again?

Nope

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Michael Crouch and Ilyana Kadushin ?

Ehh, they're not terrible. They have to read what they're given and you can't fault them in not being able to polish a turd

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Anger that I'd spent my credit
Annoyance at the author and publishing house for fleecing people out of money this way
Disappointment at how little regard was given toward readers

Any additional comments?

Seriously, save your credit on this one! If you're curious, go grab a copy of the original twilight and scratch the names Edward and Bella out, replace them with Edith and Beau. You'll get the exact same experience.

103 of 124 people found this review helpful

  • Nora Roberts Land

  • Dare Valley
  • By: Ava Miles
  • Narrated by: Em Eldridge
  • Length: 11 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 807
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 719
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 719

Journalist Meredith Hale's ex-husband claimed her Nora Roberts addiction gave her unrealistic expectations about marriage, and she believed him. All dreams of happily ever after - or Nora Roberts Land, as her mother calls it - went up in smoke. But when her family asks her to temporarily help their Dare Valley, Colorado newspaper, she decides it's time to change her life and prove her ex wrong.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Couldn't Finish

  • By MABJM on 06-06-15

Clunky and awkward

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

Reviewed: 07-14-15

The premise is interesting, but the constant references to NR and the alter ego "divorcee woman" were like reading fifty shades of crap all over again. Dialogue is cheesy to the extreme. Characters are not given a chance to stand on their own because constant references to NR characters make the ones in this book weak by comparison. Transitions between scenes do not feel natural at all. You can tell where the story is going to go very early on because of this, like the author is checking off plot points in a how-to-Nora guide and, sadly, not thinking about how it fits into the overall.

But the thing is, she never ever achieves even the worst of Roberts because it's just... Bad amateur hour. Meh.

  • One Bite With a Stranger

  • The Others Series
  • By: Christine Warren
  • Narrated by: Kate Reading
  • Length: 8 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 324
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 295
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 296

When Regina's friends insist on setting her up a "Fantasy Fix" to help her get over her cheating ex, she dreams up some kinky out-of-this-world encounters that they could never possibly bring to life. But the next thing Regina knows, her friends have got her laced into a shiny black corset, tight leather pants, and a sexy pair of stilettos. It's time for some downtown vampire-fantasy fun...

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Don't judge the entire Others series by Book 1

  • By Erin on 08-25-12

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

Reviewed: 05-13-14

Would you try another book from Christine Warren and/or Kate Reading?

No on both counts

What do you think your next listen will be?

Something not so mind-numbingly awful

What didn’t you like about Kate Reading’s performance?

Her pacing is strange, her male character voices are laughable, she sounded too old for any of the characters.

What character would you cut from One Bite With a Stranger?

All of them. TSTL Is fitting for all of them.

Any additional comments?

It seemed like the author was going for funny vampire erotica, and she accomplished neither the funny or the sexy. There was nothing new here to make it stick out in the paranormal romance genre, and the sex scenes were so very, very, very, very, very long and drawn out and completely boring. The comedy aspects weren't funny at all. The story (if there was one, a fact I dispute) was a mish-mash of other books along the same lines that I've read before.
Insta-love? Check. I think this book took place in less than a weeks time.
TSTL leads? Check check
A host of sidekick that are two dimensional and annoying? Check x infinity

It seems like those awful sidekicks are being set up for their own books, but seeing as I wanted to stab all of them with a rusty nail, I will not be sticking around to find out what happens next.

This was seriously bad. Save your credit and ignore the other reviews that made me spend a credit on this pile.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Rush

  • The Breathless Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: Maya Banks
  • Narrated by: Adam Paul
  • Length: 11 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,319
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,106
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,118

When Gabe Hamilton saw Mia Crestwell walk into the ballroom for his hotel’s grand opening, he knew he was going to hell for what he had planned. After all, Mia is his best friend’s little sister. Except she’s not so little anymore. And Gabe has waited a long time to act on his desires. Gabe has starred in Mia’s fantasies more than once, ever since she was a teenager with a huge crush on her brother’s best friend. So what if Gabe’s 14 years older? Mia knows he’s way out of her league, but her attraction has only grown stronger with time. She’s an adult now, and there’s no reason not to act on her most secret desires.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Bad Narrator Good Story

  • By Claudia on 02-09-13

Meh

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

Reviewed: 02-05-13

Would you try another book from Maya Banks and/or Adam Paul?

Maybe the narrator. This is my first time reading a Banks book, so if they're like this one, then no.

What could Maya Banks have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Made it seem believable? Dunno if she could, though. Gripes: A male character describing a female character's shoes and clothing in great detail doesn't scream "manly" to me. The dialogue was cheesy. Take away the sexual kink of the character, and there is nothing here that I haven't read in countless other romance titles. The book seemed a knockoff of fifty shades of grey-- which, yuck. Why won't it go away?!--down to the questionable "reasoning" (abusiveness) of the male lead and the idiocy of the female. Which is so, soooooo empowering...
All in all, not a good choice for me. I wish I'd seen that it was being touted as a fifty-like book in the iPhone compatible site because I'd have run the other way from this book and not wasted my money. Wish Audible would start doing that!
For those who think it's a fifty thing for me, it's not. It's just the book is unoriginal and can't even be saved from comparison with stellar writing.

Oh well, at least I can exchange it for something else, right :)

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Eh, don't think he added or detracted, really. He can only read what's there. Can't spitshine a pile, ya know?

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

No

Any additional comments?

Save your credit.

11 of 20 people found this review helpful

  • All He Ever Needed

  • The Kowalski Family, Book 4
  • By: Shannon Stacey
  • Narrated by: Renee Werbowski
  • Length: 6 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 286
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 256
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 258

Mitch Kowalski lives out of a suitcase - and he likes it that way. Traveling for work has the added bonus of scaring off women who might try to tie him down. But when he's called home to help with the family lodge, he's intrigued by the new girl in town and her insistence that she doesn't need a man. If there's one thing Mitch can't resist, it's a challenge. Paige Sullivan is finally putting down roots. Determined to stand on her own two feet, she lives by the motto "Men are a luxury, not a necessity". But when Mr. Tall, Dark and Hot pulls up a stool in her diner and offers her six weeks of naughty fun with a built-in expiration date, she's tempted to indulge....

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Could not finish--narrator is that bad.

  • By Missus Readsalot on 09-25-12

Could not finish--narrator is that bad.

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

Reviewed: 09-25-12

What disappointed you about All He Ever Needed?

The narrator. It was hard to tell if the writing was cheesy or if it was just the way she read things. Bad inflection, bad acting, bad reading of dialogue. Little differentiation between voices, really awkward stressing of words, and the "smile in her voice" was uncalled for when telling me about vacuum cleaners--a hint: they aren't that exciting.
Bad bad bad.
Maybe I'll go grab the book from the library and give it a try that way.

Would you ever listen to anything by Shannon Stacey again?

Maybe, depending on the narrator. I have read her paper books and enjoyed a few of them.

Would you be willing to try another one of Renee Werbowski’s performances?

Not if you paid me. Nails on a chalkboard are probably better.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from All He Ever Needed?

Some of the excessive "tell and not show" stuff.

Any additional comments?

Please don't waste your credits, readers. Go buy or rent the book and listen to something else. Stacey's books are usually enjoyable in print form, not the best but not awful either, but this was just baaaaaaad.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Honor's Splendour

  • By: Julie Garwood
  • Narrated by: Anne Flosnik
  • Length: 13 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,622
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,261
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,257

In the feuding English court, gentle Lady Madelyne suffered the cruel whims of her ruthless brother, Baron Louddon. Then, in vengeance for a bitter crime, Baron Duncan of Wexton—the Wolf—unleashed his warriors against Louddon's domain. Exquisite Madelyne was the prize he catured...but when he gazed upon the proud beauty, he pledged to protect her with his life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good Book, Bad Narrator

  • By Q on 07-13-10

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Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-21-11

This narrator has such over the top narration that I can't even finish listening. The book seems interesting though. Too bad.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful