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  • Final Jeopardy

  • By: Linda Fairstein
  • Narrated by: Barbara Rosenblat
  • Length: 10 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 527
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 441
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 434

Alex Cooper awakens one morning to news of her own brutal murder. Soon, Manhattan's top sex-crimes prosecutor discovers that the actual victim is film star Isabella Lascar, who had sought refuge at Alex's private retreat. Now it is up to Alex to find the killer before another victim surfaces.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I'm confused by the several bad narrator comments.

  • By Maggie May on 08-14-13

Ruined by Rosenblad channeling Darth Vader

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

Reviewed: 02-02-17

The narrator said, in an article I read (Audiogals, IIRC) that hearing the narrator's breathing is fine because narrators breathe and breathing is natural. Or words to that effect.

Well, nothing ruins a good audiobook more than my being able to hear the narrator sucking in a breath before her sentences. Someone ought to tell Ms Rosenblad that farting is also natural. Do her listeners want to hear hers in their audiobook?

I bought 2 Alexandra Cooper audiobooks and at times it's like listening to Darth Vader.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Kneel, Mr. President

  • By: Lauren Gallagher
  • Narrated by: Aiden Snow
  • Length: 11 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 23
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 22

Secret Service agent Kent Sinclair, head of POTUS security, thought himself prepared for every contingency. Until the First Lady - a woman who barely tolerates his presence - approaches him with a request that startles the hell out of him. Carlene Broderick is frightened. With the weight of the country and impending war on his shoulders, her husband, James, is buckling under the strain. The key to helping him cope is the name he calls out in his sleep - and it's not hers.

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

  • By Cyndi on 06-26-17

Left me feeling defiled and depressed

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

Reviewed: 12-12-16

The narration was great. Loved Aiden Snow. Hated the story because Carlene was clearly tormented by the thought of her husband sleeping with another man yet she forced it on, ignoring Kent's reluctance and refusal to believe that would help.

In the end, an unconvincing menage relationship that never should have started, a book that never ought to have been written.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Sunset at Lake Crane

  • A Livingston Valley Novel, Book 1
  • By: Casey Hagen
  • Narrated by: Russell Lord
  • Length: 11 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7

Faced with a blackmailer's ultimatum, 19-year-old Erynn O'Neal protects her lover by disappearing from his life. Brokenhearted, she vanishes - and takes a life-altering secret with her. Grant Alexander crossed the line when he took former student Erynn O'Neal as his own a mere two months after her high school graduation. Knowing the truth revealed would shred his career and reputation, he accepted the risks in exchange for the promise of a lifelong love. A heartbeat later, Erynn abandoned him without a word.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Emotional ride with a HEA....but

  • By Lori on 08-29-16

Terrible narration

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

Reviewed: 09-19-16

Good story but best to READ it, not to listen. The narrator speaks with an odd cadence but I'm not sure if his gravelly voice was artificially created as it did not sound natural. I love deep-voiced male narrators and will even tolerate their poor female voices but Lord's narrative voice is bad and his characters, worse.

  • Between Loathing and Love

  • By: Andrew Grey
  • Narrated by: Tristan James
  • Length: 5 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 80
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 77
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 78

Theatrical agent Payton Gowan meets with former classmate - and prospective client - Beckett Huntington, with every intention of brushing him off. Beckett not only made high school a living hell for Payton, but he was also responsible for dashing Payton's dreams of becoming a Broadway star. Aspiring actor Beckett Huntington arrives in New York City on a wing and a prayer, struggling to land his first gig. He knows scoring Payton Gowan as an agent would be a great way to get his foot in the door.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Tristan James

  • By Kristina on 12-26-16

Another great narration by Tristan James!

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

Reviewed: 08-23-16

Another comfort listen from Grey, and narrated by one of favorites. Love Tristan James' voice and wish the older series by the author would be reproduced with TJ narrating.

This is a low-angst frenemies romance, typical of Grey. No surprises and yes, formulaic but these are the reasons why I pick up an Andrew Grey romance!

  • Back to War

  • The Corps Justice Series, Book 1
  • By: C. G. Cooper
  • Narrated by: Daniel Dorse
  • Length: 6 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 106
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 90
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 90

In a bloody gang initiation gone wrong, Former Marine Staff Sergeant Cal Stokes simultaneously loses his fiancé and is thrust into America's unforgiving criminal underbelly. Never one to back down, the Navy Cross winner is forced to use the skills honed in the Marines along with the assets of his deceased father's company, Stokes Security International (S.S.I.), to track down his enemy and penetrate the world of his enemy. He must seek his own brand of justice... Corps Justice.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great book

  • By Marianne on 07-07-18

Terrible narrator ruined the book!

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

Reviewed: 01-08-16

How did this guy even get a job as a narrator? Even then, surely the sound engineer could have done something. It is excrutiatingly difficult to make out what is being read and the sheer effort required ruins the enjoyment.

I'm asking for a refund for this and the second book (which is also narrated by the same guy) and will read the Kindle instead. The rest of the series, narrated by others, are fine.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Never Say Never

  • A Sniper 1 Security Novel: Sniper 1 Security, Book 2
  • By: Nicole Edwards
  • Narrated by: Steve Rogers, Jay Crow, Julian Durant
  • Length: 9 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 110
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 102
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 102

Ryan Trexler has devoted his entire life to his family's security business. And now that he's slated to take over the reins of the company, RT knows his life is only going to get more complicated. Add in the fact that he's lusting over one of the men who works for him, and RT realizes that there are some seriously tough times ahead.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Why 3 narrators? Very confusing.

  • By Elaine on 10-18-15

Why 3 narrators? Very confusing.

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

Reviewed: 10-18-15

The story was enjoyable enough though I would have liked more plot/action or suspense. While the 3 narrators were good, I did not see the necessity for the third guy since this isn't a menage and the 3 narrators weren't all that distinctive. They are also not narrators I'm familiar with so I had a hard time telling who was speaking and who was doing the narrative portions.

A waste of audio production money, IMO. Two narrators would have been great, if their voices sounded different.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Force of Law

  • By: Jez Morrow
  • Narrated by: Joel Leslie
  • Length: 3 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 71
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 69
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 69

When a Lamborghini Diablo car pulls into the quick oil change shop on Cleveland's west side, Tom Russell immediately assumes this is his old lover, Wells, has come back to torment him. But it's worse. The driver is Wells' arrogant, obscenely rich cousin Law Castille. He invites Tom on a little subtle revenge tip, accompanying Law as his guest to Wells' wedding.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sooooo HOT. Romantic, raunchy and unforgettable.

  • By Kory on 05-04-15

Narrator ruined it:(

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

Reviewed: 05-07-15

I enjoyed this so much in ebook and was thrilled to see it out in audio. However, the narrator was downright bad. His voice sounded forced and unnatural, for some reason, and his attempt to give differentiation to the second MC was worse than pathetic. It ended sounding like a female trying (badly) to impersonate a man! His natural voice is fine - a smooth tenor if he would allow himself to speak naturally.

But he ruined what could have been a great audio (if Tyler Stevens had done it) and I'm requesting a refund of my credit.

0 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • Guns & Hoses

  • By: Brenda Cothern
  • Narrated by: Michael Vasicek
  • Length: 6 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 114
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 105
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 108

Tigger Flint and Thomas Flame shared an instant mutual hate for one another from the day they met in sixth grade. Their dislike grew into competition and rivalry throughout high school as they were stuck in the same honors classes and played the same sports. That hatred and rivalry followed them into adulthood as one became a cop and the other a fireman.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Worth reading

  • By BrattyOz on 08-20-15

Horrible head-hopping!

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

Reviewed: 03-19-15

It was a tough story to follow in the ebook and worse in audio. The head-hopping makes it near impossible to tell who was speaking. Don't buy this in audio without reading the ebook first. Then decide if it's worth the audio price.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Mummy Dearest

  • The XOXO Files, Book 1
  • By: Josh Lanyon
  • Narrated by: Sean Crisden
  • Length: 2 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 147
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 140
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 141

The truth is out there. Way, way, way out there! Drew Lawson is racing against the clock. He's got a twenty-four-hour window to authenticate the mummy of Princess Merneith. If he's not at his boyfriend's garden party when that window closes, it'll be the final nail in their relationship coffin. The last thing he needs traipsing on the final shred of his patience is brash, handsome reality show host Fraser Fortune, who's scheduled to film a documentary about the mummy's Halloween curse.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Short and fun

  • By Heather on 09-19-14

It's XOXO files, not XLXL files! LOL!

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

Reviewed: 03-18-15

It took awhile for me to warm to the story but that was the fault of the narrator. I usually love Crisden's work but here, not only does he say "XLXL Files", but he gives Frasier Fortune a voice that makes him sound at worst, like a perv, and at best, a weirdo. FF is neither of these despite Drew's disdain of him at first.

I know I would have liked this JL story in audio a lot more if Crisden had given FF a regular-sounding voice. And why didn't anyone catch the XLXL mistake before it was released?

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Dead by Wednesday

  • By: Beverly Long
  • Narrated by: Violet Grey
  • Length: 6 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    2 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    2.5 out of 5 stars 3

With no leads, no witnesses and four teenage victims, it's a race against the clock for Detective Robert Hanson to catch a vicious serial killer. But he gets thrown slightly off course when Carmen Jiminez asks for his help. Fiercely independent, the pretty pregnancy counselor is the only woman who has ever tempted Robert to give up his freewheeling bachelor life. Yet protecting Carmen from mysterious “accidents” and vengeful clients is just as difficult as winning her trust.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Lacklustre romance, okay suspense, poor narration

  • By Elaine on 12-12-14

Lacklustre romance, okay suspense, poor narration

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

Reviewed: 12-12-14

The suspense thread was good and could have made this book a winner for me but the poor romantic subplot spoilt it, as did the narrator. Characterwise, the heroine was more like a nervous adolescent handling the opposite sex and navigating the perilous waters of dating. Even an innocent 'meet with friends' dinner is something that scares her. The hero's no alpha - which is fine - except putting these two together, more time is spent with mental hand-wringing than moving forward and focusing on the serial killer. It is stories like these that made me avoid these category romantic suspense books, with the rare exception being Adrianne Giordano's The Prosecutor.

The narrator was not good. She made the teenage girls sound old and there was no differentiation between her characters. Everyone sounded the same and this just made a so-so book a chore to listen to.