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  • My Commander

  • Bewitched and Bewildered, Book 1
  • By: Alanea Alder
  • Narrated by: Charlotte Kane
  • Length: 7 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 725
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 676
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 674

When the topic of grandchildren comes up during a weekly sewing circle, the matriarchs of the founding families seek out the witch Elder to scry to see if their sons have mates. They are shocked to discover that many of their son's mates are out in the world and are human! Fearing that their future daughter in laws will end up dead before being claimed and providing them with grandchildren to spoil, they convince their own mates that something must be done.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Just couldn't get into it!

  • By Ann on 07-28-17

Took me a little while, but was worth it

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

Reviewed: 04-11-18

When I first began trying to listen, the female lead seemed too weird and absurd to be like able . However, after getting past this, I thoroughly enjoyed the story! Once you understand where she is coming from, Meryn was a lot of fun. Loved the part when she explained to Aiden, the difference in human women and others; and his reaction to this information. Laughed till I cried.
Charlotte Kane did a very good job as narrator.

  • Moon Dance

  • Blood Bound, Book 1
  • By: Amy Blankenship, RK Melton
  • Narrated by: KB Stanford
  • Length: 7 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 9

Envy`s life was great. Great brother, great boyfriend, and the best job a girl could ask for... tending bar at the most popular clubs in the city. At least it was great until she got a call from one of her best friends about her boyfriend doing the vertical limbo on the dance floor at Moon Dance. Her decision to confront him begins a chain of events that will introduce her to a dangerous paranormal world hidden beneath the everyday humdrum. A world where people can transform into jaguars, real life vampires roam the streets, and fallen angels walk among us. Devon is a werejaguar, a little rough around the edges and one of the joint owners of Moon Dance. His world is tilted on its axis when he spies an alluring vixen with red hair dancing in his club, armed with a cynical heart and a taser.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Couldn’t torture myself to finish.

  • By SLD on 04-11-18

Couldn’t torture myself to finish.

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

Reviewed: 04-11-18

I know when you read a book with typos, etc., it’s grating. Listening to someone reading the grammatical errors is also. Those poor folks on the dance floor withering away! Writhing is what usually is assumed. Just giving an example.
I had a difficult time telling the male voices from the female, also. Way to juvenile for my tastes! Sorry!

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • In Too Deep

  • Others of Edenton, Book 1
  • By: Brandy L. Rivers
  • Narrated by: Kelley Hazen
  • Length: 10 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 201
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 181
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 182

Brody is a talented motorcycle mechanic and werewolf stuck in his painful past. On yet another depressing night, he is viciously attacked by vampires. Fallon is a brilliant tattoo artist with inherent magic. Tired of men and their games, she climbs onto her Harley and leaves her old life behind. Running for his life, Brody crashes into Fallon and sparks fly. She ends up stranded in the Northwest with her ride out of commission.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Ok book, but reading it would have been better!

  • By Kindle Customer on 12-04-14

Good story, but BAD narration!

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

Reviewed: 04-09-18

I have read all these stories a couple times before. If I hadn’t, and tried to just listen? I probably wouldn’t know they were much better than what was presented.
Eg: Dakota, is an American Indian shaman. She had him speaking like Tonto in the old western movies. His brother sounded worse tha a teenage mutant ninja turtle. She is just very bad at voices. It was grating. Another example was Gabriel. He almost sounded like Walter Brennan-old man voice. Sorry, but it was just bad.
The story was interesting and kept your attention, if reading it.

  • Big Bad Wolf

  • By: Georgette St. Clair
  • Narrated by: Natasha Soudek
  • Length: 4 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 79
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 67
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 66

Going on a very public date with Ryker Harrison, the sexy, surly ex-boxer whose Alpha attitude and string of one-night stands have earned him the nickname "the Big Bad Wolf"? Daisy would run as fast as her paws could carry her...if it wasn't a publicity stunt for her favorite aunt's new dating service. But it turns out the handsome shifter and his family have other ideas. Apparently after her first date, his nosy, interfering pack think she's agreed to be his life-mate. And the curvy she-wolf has Ryker convinced it's time to give up his playboy ways and claim Daisy for his own.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Decent Story...Terrible Narration

  • By The Book Chick on 11-10-17

Not a correct rating, due to poor narration

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

Reviewed: 01-07-18

How could the performance have been better?

Get a different narrator. This one made me stop before the first chapter was done. She made the characters sound dumb. Hated it. I now will wait a while to get her voices out of my head. Then I will read the book to give a correct assessment of what I think of it.

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

I REALLY hated the narration!

  • Cake

  • A Love Story
  • By: J. Bengtsson
  • Narrated by: Andi Arndt, Joe Arden
  • Length: 12 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,600
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,218
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,212

Jake McKallister might have been a rock star, but he was no ordinary one. Surviving an unspeakable crime as a young teen had shaped him into a guarded workaholic, and he now lived his life trying to forget. If it hadn't been for music and the redemption he found through it, he might not have survived. Career success came easily for him. Personal connections did not.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Freakin Rockin Book

  • By Alanna on 12-22-16

Worth the read

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

Reviewed: 06-12-17

This was not a typical romance book. It was far more than a "harlequinish " story. One of the best (out of the last fifty) books I have read this year. Thank you, J Bengtssn. Narration was done well, also.

  • River’s Run

  • Lords of Kassis, Book 1
  • By: S.E. Smith
  • Narrated by: Samantha Cook
  • Length: 7 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 625
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 565
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 565

River Knight was looking forward to a peaceful vacation in the mountains with her two best friends, Jo and Star, sisters of the heart. When she travels up into the mountains of North Carolina to the cabin Star has rented for them, she is shocked when she finds the two sisters being abducted. Following them, she discovers their abductors are anything but human. Sneaking aboard the shuttle in an attempt to rescue them, she finds herself on an unplanned vacation to the stars.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • I cant get this time back

  • By Doug Brown on 08-20-16

Who knew?

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

Reviewed: 02-08-17

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

I have no idea

What could S.E. Smith have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

I really like a lot of her books, but this one was too much. Who knew all the way across the galaxy, aliens used butt plugs, nipple clamps, and floggers? Oh my goodness! I was yelling about how stupid that was. The story had some promise, but was ruined by the monotone, non emotional, narration; and the BDSM ridiculousness.

What didn’t you like about Samantha Cook’s performance?

Very bad! There was no appropriate emotion in her voice. Like I said, they could have hired Ben Stein doing his monotone voice.

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

Frustration.

Any additional comments?

I would like to know more of the story, but never will order an audio of these books again. That way I can skip all the stupid stuff and stick to the plot. I wanted to see how this series may tie into some of the other ones S.E. Smith has written. Should have listened to the other reviews.

3 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Dragonsdawn

  • Dragonriders of Pern
  • By: Anne McCaffrey
  • Narrated by: Dick Hill
  • Length: 15 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,168
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 960
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 969

The beautiful planet Pern seemed a paradise to its new colonists - until unimaginable terror turned it into hell. Suddenly deadly spores were falling like silver threads from the sky, devouring everything - and everyone - in their path. It began to look as if the colony, cut off from Earth and lacking the resources to combat the menace, was doomed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Story has held up over the yrs & still a good one!

  • By debheller on 05-27-14

Enthralling performance

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

Reviewed: 11-29-16

Of a great story. I have been a fan for years, but lost all my books. Hadn't read any for a long time, but it was really great to hear this. Dick Hill did such a good job, I often had to remember there was only one person reading this. One of my favorite authors read by, now, one of my favorite narrators.

  • Dark Carousel

  • A Carpathian Novel, Book 30
  • By: Christine Feehan
  • Narrated by: Jim Frangione
  • Length: 14 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 869
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 787
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 794

The moment Charlotte Vintage walks into his club, Tariq Asenguard's blood is set on fire. The ancient Carpathian had given up hope of finding his lifemate, but now he will do anything to make Charlotte his own. What Tariq doesn't know is that Charlotte is using herself and her best friend as bait - to try to draw out the bloodthirsty killers who have already murdered Charlotte's brother and mentor.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Challenging

  • By Debbie Doo on 08-06-16

Loved seeing the books returning to the old style.

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

Reviewed: 11-09-16

What made the experience of listening to Dark Carousel the most enjoyable?

There was plenty of plot! It was full of action, intrigue, romance, etc.. The last two were a disappointment; Dark Ghost being the worst. When I read the previous story involving the characters from this book, Dark Crime; I was hopeful. Really enjoyed that one. I know it has come out as a book on its own, but I read it in an anthology.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Tariq. He was great.

Have you listened to any of Jim Frangione’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Yes. He is very good. He also read Shadow Rider and reads the Black Dagger Brotherhood series. He keeps your interest in the story.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I didn't want to stop listening. There was always something happening. I have been listening to some of the past books. It is very fun to see how these Carpathians are pre-lifemate. They really have a change from the somber single stage to one with emotions.

Any additional comments?

I am now looking forward to more stories. I believe this one opens up for new people and gives me hope that Christine has gone back to her better writing style. Gary Jansen's story will, hopefully, be a good one. I hate it when there isn't much going on but sex. That should enhance the story, not become all of the story.

  • Dark Demon

  • Dark Series, Book 16
  • By: Christine Feehan
  • Narrated by: Richard Ferrone
  • Length: 13 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 889
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 594
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 598

A shape-shifter, Natalya hunts those who kill by night. Searching for vampires and Carpathians high in the mountains, she is as deadly as she is beautiful. Vikirnoff, a Carpathian, also hunts vampires, but his people are Natalya's enemies. One night, Vikirnoff joins Natalya in a vicious clash with vampires. Although the two are victors, the battle between their hearts and souls has just begun. Can desire overcome their ancestral enmity?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Book - Excellent, Narrarator - Thumbs Down

  • By Scottie in TX on 08-22-08

Great

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

Reviewed: 11-07-16

Very intense, but with the humorous moments that lighten the story. Natalia was a unique person. I have to say, as well, that this book has one of the most intense ( yes, I know I've already used that word), surprising battles ever! Well worth the read. Love a good plot along with the love story.

  • Tempting the Beast

  • Feline Breeds, Book 1
  • By: Lora Leigh
  • Narrated by: Stella Bloom
  • Length: 8 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 473
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 436
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 435

Callan Lyons is a genetic experiment, one of six fighting for freedom and the survival of their Pride. Merinus Tyler is the reporter who will tempt him, draw him, until the fury of the "mating frenzy" locks them into a battle of sexual heat they cannot escape. The evil Genetics Council is hot on their trail. Leaving a trail of their own of deception and blood. Callan will use his strength to try to save them both...and do all in his power to keep his woman in the process.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Holy Hotness Batman!

  • By Shay on 09-27-13

Too many mood swings

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

Reviewed: 10-26-16

Wasn't happy with the female lead. She knew all this information about the h; but still expected him to react like he was normal. After another bit of time, she wanted his animal instincts to emerge? At first she would like him; then she acted like she hated him. I was disgusted with her for a long time! Then, all at once, she says she has always loved him? It's enough to make you get whiplash.