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  • Ice Planet Barbarians

  • By: Ruby Dixon
  • Narrated by: Hollie Jackson, Mason Lloyd
  • Length: 5 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 446
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 401
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 404

You'd think being abducted by aliens would be the worst thing that could happen to me. And you'd be wrong. Because now, the aliens are having ship trouble, and they've left their cargo of human women - including me - on an ice planet. And the only native inhabitant I've met? He's big, horned, blue, and really, really has a thing for me....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Finally on Audible!

  • By Camille on 11-24-17

Ice Ice Baby!!!

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

Reviewed: 11-22-17

Thank you audible for listening to my request for this series! I've already read the first 10 books (and am working on the rest). But it was a nice treat to go back to the beginning! And getting to listen to it this time around was a bonus!

This is a romance first and foremost so the bones that make a romance a romance are all there in this book (and for the whole series). However, there is plenty of SiFi and alien world goodness as well. And trust me it only gets better throughout the rest of the series. Ruby has some magnificent story telling abilities and it really shines through here. With strong but human leading women. Who though fierce and brave in their own rights still have moments of weakness like any human would. But then they pick themselves up and move on. Gotta love it. And their big blue alien hunks are one of a kind. And I REALLY want to massage/ pet one, because I am a touchy feely person and they feel like suede and that is just so awesome. Hmmm.

Back on track. The narrators did a fantastic job! I was wondering how they would handle the language barrier that happens during the story (because obviously contrary to what many books print we as humans do not speak alien languages). They did a fantastic job with the whole language issue. Especially Mason. Mmmmm. I think I have a new favourite narrator. Mason has a super yummy voice in this book and I could listen to it all day long.

Can't wait for the rest of this series! Highly recommend!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Aranya

  • Shapeshifter Dragons, Book 1
  • By: Marc Secchia
  • Narrated by: Shiromi Arserio
  • Length: 14 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 131
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 123
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 123

Chained to a rock and tossed off a cliff by her boyfriend, Aranya is executed for high treason against the Sylakian Empire. Falling a league into the deadly Cloudlands is not a fate she ever envisaged. But what if she did not die? What if she could spread her wings and fly?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An amazing dragon tale.

  • By Natalie @ ABookLoversLife on 06-13-15

A fun listen

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

Reviewed: 11-14-17

I would definitely categorize this book as a YA/ New Adult book. The mc's are all fairly young and they act young. But they aren't so overly dramatic as to be irritating. There is plenty of swooning and fawning and growing done though. With a young woman as the main lead character that just goes with the territory. That said, there is plenty of action and adventure in this book to keep one entertained. And the characters are well thought out. We get to know them throughout the story as time goes by. There's no big info dump right off the bat. This is old school story telling, where you pick up info as you go along.

Personally I love how the author writes. He's style is very lyrical and poetic, with (actually funny) humour sprinkled here and there. A style I am very fond of and it is done well here. This is a fairytale type story, with plenty of Royalty and war mongers. Plus some very interesting cultures thrown in. There is quite a few different cultures actually. All of whom I enjoyed. Some wonderful world building going on. With some extremely detailed descriptions at points. Makes me wish I could fly on dragon back to these lands! I guess listening via audiobook will have to suffice ;)

The narrator has a nice voice. She does very well keeping me engaged and in the stories plot. So kudos to her.

All in all I enjoyed the story and can't wait to listen to Marc Seccia's other dragon books!

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  • Tournament of Losers

  • By: Megan Derr
  • Narrated by: Michael Stellman
  • Length: 6 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 425
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 404
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 404

All Rath wants is a quiet, peaceful life. Unfortunately, his father brings him too much trouble - and too many debts to pay - for that to ever be possible. When the local crime lord drags Rath out of bed and tells him he has three days to pay his father's latest debt, Rath doesn't know what to do. There's no way to come up with so much money in so little time. Then a friend poses an idea just ridiculous enough to work: enter the Tournament of Losers, where every 75 years, peasants compete for the chance to marry into the noble and royal houses.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Why You Must Read This Story!

  • By Sweet Pea on 08-18-16

Why You Must Read This Story!

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

Reviewed: 08-18-16

* The cover threw me. I admit that more often then not I am drawn to a book more by a pretty cover then anything else. And while it is a beautiful cover, it reminded me more of a Japanese horror story then the MxM Romance it claimed to be. Fear not, it is indeed a what it claims to be, although there is a little action, adventure, and whit thrown in to keep things interesting.

* Ok, so let just get this out of the way, yes this is another book with the trope about a contest to win the perfect guy of your dreams (it's even royalty in this one). I've read/ listened to a lot of stories with the same plot. However, this one shocked me with how skilfully woven the plot became. The elements where a bit predictable most of the time but overall there was more then enough originality worked into the best parts of this trope to make it absolutely addictive. The characters (main and supporting) where all relatable and likeable. The world was exquisite and I really felt like I could get lost in the details. My only complaint is that I loved it all so much I wish there could have been more! I wish some events that where left out where actually told. And that some details where fleshed out a bit more. That probably would have doubled the length of the book, but I wouldn't have minded that one bit. In fact I know I'll be listening to this one over and over again. For some reason it hits that comfort read spot for me... Plus I have a great new author to keep an eye on!

*As to the narration Michael Stellman did a great job! He got me caught up in the story and wouldn't let me leave till it was done.

In my opinion it's worth whatever you can use to get it. Credit, whispersync, or sale. Just go listen to this awesomeness!

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Creature Feature

  • By: Mary Calmes, Poppy Dennison
  • Narrated by: Jeff Gelder
  • Length: 6 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 109
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 104
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 105

"Diagnosis: Wolf by Poppy Dennison" Thanks to his good-for-nothing brother, Andrew Hughes is up to his eyeballs in debt and needs a job fast. When a nursing position opens up in Myerson, Arizona, Andrew has no choice but to take it, despite a warning about how difficult a patient Caleb DiMartino can be. Andrew can deal with a little trouble-but Caleb's strange family, the armed guards, and the unknown cause of Caleb's mysterious illness may be beyond his skill set.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 2 awesome stories in 1 book!

  • By Candateshia Pafford on 08-29-14

Great short stories, off narration

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

Reviewed: 07-05-16

I really did like these 2 stories they where really cute and a great way to spend an evening all snuggled up. Don't let the weird cover turn you away. It really gives off the wrong vibes for these romances. The cover feels more horror, when they're really not that scary. Of course my complaint being I wish both where longer and their own novels. That way they could both be fleshed out and the worlds explored fully and more satisfactorily. However I feel like they where both really good short stories. So it is what it is.

BUT I did have an issue with the sound quality of the tract. Not so much the narrator who did a decent job. Though I did think he did a better job in the second story. No it was the echo tinyish sound coming from the narrator's speech. Not sure if it was on purpose to play up the horror feel they where getting at, but it drove me a little crazy. Not enough to not listen, but it would yank me out of the story at points.

So for the whispersync price definitely give it a go. Though listen to the sample to make sure you're all good with the sound.

  • Kage

  • By: Maris Black
  • Narrated by: J. F. Harding
  • Length: 8 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 833
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 788
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 786

My name is Jamie Atwood, and I'm an addict. I never thought I'd say such a thing. Never had a problem being overly attached to anything in my life. I came from a perfectly middle-class family, made good grades, and had a hot cheerleader girlfriend...but the truth is, nothing ever really moved me. So how did a guy like me become an addict? I met Michael Kage. Kage is an MMA fighter. A famous one. I like to think I helped him get that way.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Be Warned

  • By Sweet Pea on 06-20-16

Be Warned

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

Reviewed: 06-20-16

This series is freaking awesome. Absolutely engrossing. Just wow. There are no words.
I admit I did get frustrated with the main characters quite a few times for angst that is everywhere in these books. I tell you your heart will be shredded. But somehow just when I think, "There is no way they are going to do this because of a misunderstanding..." Bam something happens I totally did not see coming and I'm lost in this wonderful, horrible, lovely, gritty, cuddly, sad world. Jeez my heart is going to be stitched together with duck tape and floss. That is just how amazing this story is.

Not to mention the narrator. Ya, I could listen to his voice all day long just because it's that awesome. His voices for Cage and Jamie where so perfect it hurt. And when he brought the heat to a love scene it was panty melting.

****All that said I totally recommend this series. Hands down so worth every penny. HOWEVER you must have ALL three books before you start reading/ listening, because the cliff hangers at the end are absolute murder. Seriously. MURDER. You will die if you do not heed my warning! I know cliffies are hated by many but this series is worth it. You won't be disappointed if your a MxM romance fan.****

12 of 12 people found this review helpful

  • AlterWorld

  • Play to Live, Book 1
  • By: D. Rus
  • Narrated by: Michael Goldstrom
  • Length: 12 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,329
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,138
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,135

A new pandemic - the perma effect - has taken over Earth of the near future. Whenever you play your favorite online game, beware: your mind might merge with the virtual world and dump its comatose host. Woe be to those stuck forever in Tetris! But some unfortunates - the handicapped and the terminally ill, shell-shocked army vets, wronged crime victims and other society misfits - choose to flee real life willingly, escaping to the limitless world of online sword and sorcery MMORPGs.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Not for people who are expecting a 4.5 star book

  • By Liz on 06-06-16

To Buy or Not to Buy

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

Reviewed: 06-02-16

🎮 If you have never touched a real computer or video game in your life, DO NOT get this book. (This does not include the little app games on your phone or tablet) 🎮 You will not understand a word of what is going on. This book is super heavy in gamer lingo. If you do not know what noob, grind, NPC, PK, or what stats mean in a game, but still enjoy gaming and want to give this book a go, then spend time reading a extensive gamer terms and phrases website. And at least know what is involved in RPG and MMORPG. Otherwise you'll be lost.

I have grown up around all kinds of video games. I have family and friends who are very heavy into RPG on other online games. I myself enjoy some light RPG every now and then. Plus I've seen a few anime and manga with the whole gamer world theme (LOVED "1/2 Prince") So I have a better then average understanding. I had to go read up on terms to get through this one. Other then that here are a few other deciding factors that may affect your choice on getting this audio book (you'll see this one is for a very select group of readers, so decide for yourself if it'll work for you):

1) This may not be the book for you if you hate repetitive phrases, or pigs (there are plenty of both). I feel pigs are a theme, and I found a weirdly quirky humor in it. I like pigs btw ;)

2) I am a girl. In my early 20's. Previous history with games and the like, including anime and manga, mentioned above. I understand and have excepted the misogynistic, sexist, and well sexual way women are portrayed in such media. Doesn't mean I agree with it. But it comes with the territory. This is no exception to the rule so far. There is a few wince worthy moments of it, that came across as a little too blatant. Nothing that would stop me from this series though. Just expect ditzy scantily dressed girls with abnormally huge chest measurements. Though actual sex is not really described. More of a suggestion then fade to black, and que next scene. Maybe (hopefully) more female character development in the next books, though lack of decent clothing still likely.

3) Stats. Stats. And more STATS. If you do not enjoy the normal journey of the video game including grinding and reading stats, this may be a little much for you. Lol, I love that part of games (yes I'm that weirdo). This book spends a majority of itself going over stats, and grinding adventures, with a few quests sprinkled throughout. Like basically watching someone play a game. Great for when you want that reality without actually having to play the game. Unless you'd rather play the game yourself...

4) Unless you could care less, this one requires a lot of attention. In order to keep up with what the heck is going on you really need to listen carefully. Otherwise when you toon back in nothing makes sense. I had to rewind a few times to catch what happened.

There is an actual story with a plot in the midst of all of this. And truth be told I actually really liked it. I found it vastly entertaining. Though it left me with a strong urge to game (for some odd reason Harvest Moon really came to mind to play). There's sarcastic wit, a little politics, some moral quandaries, and plenty of good old fashioned RPG action, all wrapped in an intriguing concept.

The narrator Goldstrom does a really great job of keeping the story flowing. With all of the many characters and stats he had a tough nut to crack. But he passed remarkably well, making it so easy to get yourself lost in the virtual reality. There are a few mispronounced words, but easy enough to oversee.

I look forward to the rest of this series. And I definitely recommend if you are one of the lucky few who know that this book was made for you.

  • The Mating of Michael

  • By: Eli Easton
  • Narrated by: Michael Stellman
  • Length: 7 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 335
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 327
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 326

Everyone admires Michael Lamont for being a nurse, but his part-time work as a gay sex surrogate not only raises eyebrows, it's cost him relationships. Michael is small, beautiful, and dedicated to working with people who need him. But what he really wants is a love of his own. He spends most of his time reading science fiction, especially books written by his favorite author and long-time crush, the mysteriously reclusive J.C. Guise.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Equal parts sweet, funny, sexy, and touching.

  • By JC on 07-18-15

I LOVE Eli Easton

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

Reviewed: 05-19-16

This is another sweet, adorable, perfect, and utterly amazing MxM romance by Eli. I just want to say thank you for taking the time to put on paper the amazing story from the magic universe inside your head. This was so much better then I believed it would be. I don't know why I ever dared to question the genius that is Eli Easton.

I was a little nervous for several reasons involving the subject matter of the story. Sexual surrogacy, which I feel like is a very iffy subject that can go very quickly into creepy or just weird territory. And also the disabilities presented, and the possibility that this would be a very heart breaking anxty story that would leave me feeling depressed. And in a way it kind of was, however this is Eli Easton we are talking about. The fearless author who takes the most unexpected subjects and turns them into perfection. I laughed, I cried, I blushed, I yelled at my phone several times (yes that was me the crazy person yelling all sorts of things out of the middle of nowhere because these people where so crazy and perfect), I had to fan myself down several times (some scenes where just the hottest...), and I fell in love with James and Michael. Out of the three books in this series this one is my favorite. It has such heart and affection in it that I couldn't stop listening even when I needed to do other things in the real world. Just perfect.

Now the narrator was fine. I liked his voice for Michael. Not so much for James. He has a very light youthful sounding voice which was great for Michael, but seemed at odds with James' world weary, jaded, and older presence. But it was still a nice listening experience.

All in all definitely worth listening too. Pretty much anything Eli writes is an addictive bit of ear candy that I would definitely recommend. Anything touched by this author is gold. End of story.

  • Highland Wolf Pact

  • Highland Wolf Pact, Book 1
  • By: Selena Kitt
  • Narrated by: Dave Gillies
  • Length: 6 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 222
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 204
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 203

Sibyl Blackthorne isn't afraid of anything - except maybe being sold into marriage to a man she doesn't love. A man she's never even met. A man who, by reputation, is one of Scotland's cruelest lairds in over a century.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Scott + Wolf Shifter = Very Sexy!

  • By Cheri on 02-17-16

Surprisingly good!

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

Reviewed: 04-15-16

Lol, well this is one of those books I really wasn't sure about. I liked the idea of it. The plot sounded fascinating. However, based on the authors other works (which granted I have not read) I was afraid this would be lacking in plot and just a lot of sex (the other covers where kind of a dead giveaway about their focus). I just really didn't want to be disappointed with this one. I mean come-on wild highland wolf shifters. What more need I say? The blurb wasn't the best, but the cover art is fascinating. I believe I spent half the book just drooling over it. Anyway I am so glad this story did indeed have a decent plot that really wasn't overly pornifide (I believe I just made that word up...) at all. It was actually very sweet (except the end, which I'm still a little ticked off about the head). It made me just want to cuddle up and smile when it described the wolf pack. There where some elements I've read of before and some I've never considered. Together all of it fit perfectly and at times I wished the author would have spent more time going into the little facets of the characters everyday life in the pack and about their home. I couldn't really get enough of that.
The narrator was more then decent. His male voice where sigh worthy, while his female where pretty horrible (luckily that's something I can usually laugh off, I mean what can you do? I guy with a muscular manly brouge can not under any circumstances have a light feminine voice that doesn't sound like he's been kicked in the junk or mocking someone. Physically impossible.). Still he did a great job. Minus the editing mistake (chapter 4 or 9 I think) there was a small portion of recorded over voice. Otherwise spot on and very enjoyable.
There is also the ending which was resolved however you are still left with a gaping hole of unanswered questions thanks to the last chapter (which unless you plan on listening to the next two books right away, since your already addicted, I recommend you don't listen to). All jokes aside it was a great read/ listen and I'm happy I took a chance on it. It's a interesting new world that I plan on thoroughly enjoying.

  • Dun Lady's Jess

  • Changespell, Book 1
  • By: Doranna Durgin
  • Narrated by: Vanessa Hart
  • Length: 11 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 50
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 47
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 48

When hikers Dayna and Eric find a young woman naked, terrified, and speechless, they're sure she's the victim of foul play. But the truth is much more shocking: She isn't human at all. She's Dun Lady's Jess, a horse transformed into this new shape by the spell that brought her and her rider, to whom she is utterly devoted, into this world. Posessed now of human intelligence but still a horse deep inside, Jess desperately searches this world for her master and rider, using her fiery equine spirit to take on human idiosyncracies - and human threats.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Read Don't Listen!

  • By M.L.L. on 11-21-15

A seemed to drag a bit but I really enjoyed

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

Reviewed: 02-06-16

This book took me a few sittings to go through as it does drag at points but I did really enjoy listening to this one and have already started the second book. Actually got this book because of another book (Wolverine's Daughter) by the author really captured my interest. It was just so different from what I've been currently reading. Doranna has a very particular writing style that makes her books unique. She tends to be down to earth with realistic characters who happen to be in magical places. The way she approaches things like interdenominational travel makes you feel as if you where the one thrown into a world totally different from your own. You are definitely going to be discombobulated and not know what on earth is going on. Durgin also tends to broach some interesting topics that rarely are considered in fantasy books. Things that in reality we would most certainly question, yet tend to blur over in fantasy. Can one really love a women who is in truth a horse in body? Is this character a women or a horse in her heart when it comes down to it? If a horse where a human could she really feel human feelings and have human contemplations? Does she still have horse like thoughts and reactions? This is what I feel makes this book shine and keeps you hooked for the answers.
The narrator did quite well once I got used to her voice. It tends to be a little scratchy sounding, but she made it work for her and the characters. Since she really got into the book it helps to pull you in too. You can always tell the difference between an actor who is interested in the plot and one who is not.
My only complaint is that the author's characters each have their own personalities and quarks but there where so many I got a little lost if I wasn't paying attention. Though this is common for me of any book with a rather large cast (ahum, cough, mistborn, ahuh). I feel like this author is one you either like her writing style or you don't. And that's that. I happen to be the former. Try it out and see which one you are.

  • Challenging Saber

  • The Alliance Book 4
  • By: S.E. Smith
  • Narrated by: David Brenin
  • Length: 6 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 958
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 873
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 874

Saber, a wounded Trivator, believes he is no longer a fit warrior, much less strong enough to claim a mate. Scarred, he does everything in his power to push away the delicate human female he has fallen in love with. He knows that she deserves a warrior who can protect her, not one that will need her constant help.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Taylor Challenges Saber In Every Way!

  • By Cheri on 05-30-16

Hmmm, I really like this series but...

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

Reviewed: 02-06-16

I really like this series. And well S.E. Smith is a great author in my book any day. However I was a little disappointed with the development of Saber and Taylor's relationship. It felt a little choppy. Albeit it was sweet and funny (lol, creepy gnomes), the few times they where actually together and I'd think it was on the verge of their relationship developing they'd jump into bed and that would be it onto the next scene. Maybe because I'm so used to Taylor being a little girl, I wanted to see her have a more slower more developed romance with Saber as a women. They did do a little bonding but all in all I felt this story was more like a filler (in fact it kind of leaves you hanging in regards to the background series plot). A definite must read/ listen if you are continuing the series. As it has a lot of vital points in the background plot going on through the past few books and I believe the next book will totally hash out. The narrator was fairly good and I enjoy the sound of his voice. He is suited for this series. Though I did wonder if he gets embarrassed reading some of the "steamier" scenes in the book. Just couldn't imagine him saying some of this with a straight face. This may be due to me perhaps not being that invested in the Saber/ Taylor bond and having a wondering mind. So ya. That's about all I can say on this one.