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  • Trap: A Reverse Harem Adventure

  • Terraway, Book 8
  • By: Mary E. Twomey
  • Narrated by: Amy Marie Smith
  • Length: 8 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 4

Sama is intent on claiming October for his own, and he has all of eternity to plot her abduction. When Danny goes off the rails, Team Terraway has their hands full trying to fend off a psychosis that’s set in deep. When an attack on the council sets everyone spinning, October learns she must draw clear lines to show Captain Finn where her loyalties lie. Duty can only be expected to drive a person so far, but love is what motivates October to run away from her Reapers. She won’t hesitate to lay down her life if there’s a chance it might save them.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • good series, caused book hangover

  • By S. Brackett on 02-01-19

good series, caused book hangover

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

Reviewed: 02-01-19

not afraid to kill off people but totally still keeps you hooked... deals with mental health in a realistic way.. doesnt forget people whove died.. they grieve realistically.. and NOT what Id call a reverse harem. love triangle for a time? sure. I really liked this series.. i bought her Vemrouex trilogy and enjoyed it just as much.. much less death in Vemrouex trilogy..but just as well written.

  • Recurve

  • The Elemental Series, Book 1
  • By: Shannon Mayer
  • Narrated by: Lauren Fortgang
  • Length: 6 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 570
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 527
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 526

"My name is Larkspur, and I am an Elemental." My people use the power of the earth to sustain life and defy our enemies. I should be at my father's side as a royal princess. But as a half-breed, bastard child, that isn't going to happen. I've been accused of attacking the queen, my wicked stepmother, and my life is suddenly on the line. I have only two options left to me: banishment, or training to become one of the King's Elite Guards, an Ender. Option one will kill me. Option two is meant to break me, but is the only way to survive.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Avatar on Steroids

  • By MVA on 05-11-17

Dream team: Mayer and Fortgang

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

Reviewed: 10-26-18

Mayer and Fortgang make an amazing team..

I was careful to avoid spoiler to this series..

And I'd say spoiler alert for my reference to the Desert Cursed series.... but it's really no secret that Steve is a completely useless jackass.

Mayer is one of my top five favorite authors. That's saying something as she has 15 years of me being a greedy bookworm consuming book after book to compete with. I am currently working on three of her series.. the Rylee Omnibus, Desert Cursed Series and now the Elemental series.. Im waiting for the next installment of the Desert cursed.. Cant handle the stress of where Im at with the Rylee omnibus and had to take a breather... but couldnt stay away from her work and started this series..

My favorite qualities about Mayer's work? She does not shy away from putting her characters through the ultimate wringer of pain and grief but she never stacks the odds against them to make one of those impossible stories where you've no idea how the main character could possibly triumph.. She builds them up as people slowly. They earn every character development though blood, sweat, tears and time.. Hard work and perseverance are what move her stories forward and it is a major joy to be apart of every win the characters face. While they do work very hard for each win, you know that with Mayer, no win is guaranteed and no random fact nobody knew about until last second will come save the day. When the characters face a loss, they must find a way to try again or work to become stronger or find more help. Sometimes they must let go that current goal and acknowlege it to be impossible and find another angle to do what they know is right. Trust is so very hard for but essential for all her main character's success.

Fortgang is my number one narrator. I am new to the world of audiobooks so she has less competition than Mayer but Ive found myself rather picky; listening to and discarding about ten story samples based on the narrators voice before finding one that might not drive me crazy. Even that process doesn't guarantee Ill listen past chapter one. Some people lack vocal grace and/or expression.

My favorite aspects of Fortgang's performance: She easily conveys the vulnerability, struggle and triumph, fear and joy the characters face like no one else could. She makes you really feel for the characters and hate their enemies... So much so, in fact, that another Mayer series she narrated called the Desert Cursed Series has forever made me hate "Steve". It has become a joke in my home to blame Steve for everything because it probably is his fault somehow, greedy, self indulgant bastard that he is. Yeah.. And I dont even know any Steve's!! Still, slimy, stupid Steve.

It would be an honor to thank both women for the complete immersion I experience every single time I experience their combined gifts to the world. Well done, ladies. Truly, well done.

  • Jinn's Dominion

  • Desert Cursed Series, Volume 3
  • By: Shannon Mayer
  • Narrated by: Lauren Fortgang
  • Length: 8 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 179
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 165
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 164

There was nothing that could have prepared me for Dragon’s Ground. And I thought that nothing could be worse than what I faced there. Just my black cat bad luck, the world is set to prove me wrong. South lies the Jinn’s Dominion, and within it the members of my Pride who need my help. The further south we go, the more danger comes not only from outside our group but from within. Ishtar’s new hunters. Marsum, leader of the Jinn. And the emperor himself. All three want something from me. All three claim they can give me the world on a silver platter, to give me my deepest desires. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I can't wait to read the next book this was one of

  • By Araceli Arteaga on 12-06-18

i love this series

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

Reviewed: 10-10-18

I dont have time to read the fourth book.. Lauren Fortgang is an amazing performer. I really really hope she performs the fourth book just as soon as it is released!

  • Witch's Reign

  • The Desert Cursed, Book 1
  • By: Shannon Mayer
  • Narrated by: Lauren Fortgang
  • Length: 8 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 371
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 348
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 345

The Witch's Reign...a land of unnatural hellish cold ruled over by the Ice Witch herself, who is in turn guarded by three creatures - Wolf, Bear, and Raven. Those lovely beasts derive their power directly from their mistress and just happen to kill any who cross their paths. To get there, you first must pass through the Dragon's Ground. Full of, you guessed it, dragons who for the record, also do not like trespassers. Sounds like a fun place to go, doesn't it? Yeah, not so much.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great but

  • By MsNing on 04-13-18

Love this book

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

Reviewed: 10-02-18

Jumped right into the second book! Cant wait to see what happens next! Couldnt have picked a better performer to read this!

  • An Ember in the Ashes

  • By: Sabaa Tahir
  • Narrated by: Fiona Hardingham, Steve West
  • Length: 15 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,500
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,170
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,156

Laia is a Scholar living under the iron-fisted rule of the Martial Empire. When her brother is arrested for treason, Laia goes undercover as a slave at the empire's greatest military academy in exchange for assistance from rebel Scholars who claim that they will help to save her brother from execution.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A fabulous listen!

  • By Amazon Customer on 06-01-15

omg..

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

Reviewed: 09-06-18

soooo much yes! buying book 2 now!! love how she had to learn to be brave! love how hard it was for her.. love that the story isnt rushed and the character development makes sense..

  • Life Lessons from Dad

  • 101 Ways to Get More from Life (From Someone Who Loves You)
  • By: Chip Franks
  • Narrated by: Chip Franks
  • Length: 14 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5

Life can be overwhelming. Here is the fatherly guidance you need to pull through your toughest times.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Charming life lessions

  • By Ryan M on 12-14-18

Not impressed

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

Reviewed: 09-03-18

This author spent more time talking about what he planned to talk about than actually talking about what he wanted to. Made it half-way before I shut it down. Thoroughly unimpressed. The narrator was clearly spoken and brought substance the content lacked on its own.