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  • Burned by Darkness

  • By: Alexandra Ivy
  • Narrated by: Candace Tate
  • Length: 5 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 116
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 107
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 108

Tayla is desperate for a place to call home. After years on the run, the young imp impulsively buys a teahouse and is determined to build a new life. Unfortunately, she's barely opened the doors when she's tracked down by the dragon who purchased her from troll slave-traders. He demands she pay off her debts...in his harem. Baine has devoted a quarter of a century to tracking down his beautiful concubine. And now that he has her in his grasp, he's not about to let her go. But he isn't the only demon hunting her.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • was not enough

  • By Blondebell on 02-01-18

Interesting story, not so hot narration

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-26-17

I very much enjoy Alexandra Ivy books and have rarely been let down. This story would have been much more pleasant if the narrator would try harder to add life to the story. She also needs to learn the correct emotions that are needed to draw the reader in. She is so monotone, I'm not a professional narrator , but I could do a whole lot better than how badly this book was read.

I really hate when a good book is brought so low because of the narrator.

  • A Quick Bite

  • By: Lynsay Sands
  • Narrated by: Victoria McGee
  • Length: 10 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,650
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,272
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,277

Lissianna has been spending her centuries pining for Mr. Right, not just a quick snack, and this sexy guy she finds in her bed looks like he might be a candidate. But there's another, more pressing issue: her tendency to faint at the sight of blood . . . an especially annoying quirk for a vampire. Of course it doesn't hurt that this man has a delicious-looking neck. What kind of cold-blooded vampire woman could resist a bite of that?

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Liked the book...hated the narrator

  • By Shelly on 06-08-10

Can the narration get anymore BORING?!?!

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

Reviewed: 03-04-16

I read this book in paperback and wanted the entire series in e-book and audio, but I am so sorry for doing that I. This narrator is absolutely horrible, no life in the words, no change of cadence or inflection, just one continuous monotonous voice.
I'm really upset about that since I really enjoy this story and the whole series. I see she does 4 other books in the series, here's hoping she improves.

  • Cat's Lair

  • By: Christine Feehan
  • Narrated by: Karen White
  • Length: 15 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 438
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 405
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 406

Cat Benoit has finally escaped the past - and the man who was the source of her nightmares. She's off the grid, underground but watchful, and creating a new life for herself in Texas, far from the torrid dangers of her native New Orleans. She's safe. He'll never find her this time. Cat has to believe that. It's the only thing keeping her sane.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Been a fan for years, BUT.....

  • By Therese M. Staller on 05-15-15

Narrator stuck in Overdrive

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

Reviewed: 05-21-15

The story would have been a lot more enjoyable if the narration hadn't been read like the book was a race that needed running and the narrator couldn't wait to finish. It is really annoying in the parts that should be soft and they are being read with WAY too much energy.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Shadows

  • A Novel of the Black Dagger Brotherhood
  • By: J. R. Ward
  • Narrated by: Jim Frangione
  • Length: 22 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,047
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,779
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,767

Two brothers bound by more than blood discover a conspiracy that will change their destiny in the astonishing all-new novel of the Black Dagger Brotherhood, the "frighteningly addictive" ( Publishers Weekly) series by number-one New York Times best-selling author J. R. Ward.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • You DON'T change names in book 13... Just saying

  • By Patsy G. on 04-04-15

So loving J.R. Ward's books

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

Reviewed: 04-14-15

First, Jim Frangione, he TOTALLY makes the characters come to life. May he forever narrate the BDB books. They just wouldn't be the same without his voice.
Second, Just.R. Ward, can you seriously get better? I don't think so.
The Shadows is, in my opinion, one of the best books in the series. Is it sad? Yes. Do you want it to end differently? Yes. But it is still the best love story I have read in a long time. And as always the author keeps you on pins and needles waiting for the next book.

  • Bayon/Jean-Baptiste (Bayou Heat) (Volume 3)

  • By: Laura Wright, Alexandra Ivy
  • Narrated by: Pyper Down
  • Length: 5 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 115
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 110
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 110

The fight continues in the Wildlands. Facing extinction, the Pantera have been given a miracle. A child. The first one in over fifty years. But even as they prepare to celebrate, the enemy strikes, putting at risk the fragile female who carries the hope of their people.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • the second time is better

  • By Kindle Customer on 03-22-14

the second time is better

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

Reviewed: 03-22-14

The second book is better with more action and expansion of the story line. But I still wish they were full length books because the characters could use more depth than you can get in a novella.
The narration is still so poor with no sense of rhythm, no real ability to emote for the characters. The narrator is boring and really harms the story and makes it harder to enjoy what there is of the plot.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Raphael/Parish

  • Bayou Heat, Volume 1
  • By: Laura Wright, Alexandra Ivy
  • Narrated by: Pyper Down
  • Length: 4 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 167
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 151
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 154

In the depths of the bayou lives a secret race of puma shifters. The creators of a powerful magic, they have lived in peace until the threat of extinction drives them to seek the world beyond their homelands. Now the Pantera must discover the answer to their dying magic and halt an ancient enemy before it can destroy them all. Raphael, the brilliant and dangerous diplomat of the Pantera shapeshifters, has devoted his life to discovering the key to the infertility that is threatening the extinction of his puma race.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Narration is Terrible

  • By Dayana on 01-11-15

interesting story line

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

Reviewed: 03-22-14

The story of the Pantera is interesting and the novellas are written well. I wish they were full length books because the characters could use more depth than you can get in a novella.
It is a shame that the narration is so poor with no sense of rhythm, no real ability to emote for the characters. The narrator is boring and really harms the story.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Dark Lycan

  • A Carpathian Novel, Book 24
  • By: Christine Feehan
  • Narrated by: Robert Sarkus
  • Length: 13 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 868
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 803
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 797

Tatijana of the Dragonseekers spent centuries encased in ice with her sister, trapped in limbo between life and death, never speaking to a soul other than those who tormented her. Now, she has been freed from her frozen prison by an unknown descendent. Awakened in human form, Tatijana yearns to explore the modern world in which she now lives - a world with more mysteries than she is prepared for. Fenris Dalka has returned to the Carpathian Mountains after a long absence to be with his brother. He is scarred by centuries of battle, and every hard-won victory.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • EXTREMELY DISAPPOINTED IN NARRATOR

  • By Kindle Customer on 09-05-13

EXTREMELY DISAPPOINTED IN NARRATOR

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

Reviewed: 09-05-13

I only made it 20%through the narration before I turned it off and read the story alone. This narrator can't pronounce the main female characters name correctly, he sounds as if he is bored. He reads too fast at times and to slow at others. There is no excitement in the battle scenes and no emotion between the characters. What a shame that a wonderful story is ruined by a horrible narrator. I hope that the next Dark series book they bring back Phil Gigante who is wonderful to listen to and knows how to emote a story.
I can't stress enough what a disservice was done to the story by the narrator. This guy is the worst I have ever listened to, and that is saying something when I have listened to over 200 audio books. If I could I would only give the narrator 1/2 of a star simply for reading it.

20 of 20 people found this review helpful

  • Death's Rival

  • Jane Yellowrock, Book 5
  • By: Faith Hunter
  • Narrated by: Khristine Hvam
  • Length: 14 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,972
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,709
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,704

For a vampire killer like Jane, having Leo Pellisier as a boss took some getting used to. But now, someone is out to take his place as Master Vampire of the city of New Orleans, and is not afraid to go through Jane to do it. After an attack that’s tantamount to a war declaration, Leo knows his rival is both powerful and vicious, but Leo’s not about to run scared. After all, he has Jane. But then, a plague strikes, one that takes down vampires and makes their masters easy prey.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best of the series by far!

  • By maureen on 10-08-12

Wonderful story - middling narration

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

Reviewed: 10-19-12

Death's Rival, the 5th installment of Faith Hunter's Skinwalkers series, did not fail in keeping me riveted and excited. Unfortunately, this was the first of the series I had gotten in audio format and I find I am not happy with the narration. It was distracting to hear the mispronunciations of woo many of the character's names. Sentences read out of order, or words skipped, also the annoying almost false Southern accent used all drew away from they fun of the story.
I had hoped to purchase all the other books in audio also, but find I can't do so as it is the same narrator for all of them. If you don't read along with the audiobook and just listen to it, and if you don't mind the mispronunciations then you will enjoy this story.

0 of 4 people found this review helpful