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  • Smooth Talking Stranger

  • By: Lisa Kleypas
  • Narrated by: Emily Durante
  • Length: 10 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 888
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 548
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 556

No one has ever truly touched Jack Travis's heart or soul...until Ella Varner comes along. She appears one day on his doorstep with fury in her eyes and a baby in her arms. Her troubled sister is the mother and, according to Ella, Jack Travis is the father. But when Ella demands that Jack take responsibility for the first time in his life, he ends up taking much more than that.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Lisa Kleypas does it again!

  • By M. Hudson on 03-30-09

Horrible narrator, cute story

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

Reviewed: 08-18-18

I love the series, and this book is a nice change from the first two. It isn't as exciting, didn't draw me in as much, but the plot is very different, so adds another element to the series. I love seeing previous main characters who don't suddenly change in personality to suit the plot. That said, this narrator is truly awful. I'd recommend listening to the sample to see if her voice bothers you. It is a little irritating, and I never could get used to it, so unfortunately, a story that would normally lead to an audiobook that I would listen to repeatedly is going to be deleted. On the bright side, I know to avoid anything narrated by Emily Durante in the future

  • Possessing Providence

  • By: Angela Castle
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Cliff
  • Length: 4 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 24
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24

Electrician Providence Velour is called in to fix an electrical problem in a cosmetics factory in her remote hometown. But what she discovers throws her into deep trouble and into the arms of a large and sexy alien.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Painfully bad narrator

  • By Kindle Customer on 03-06-18

Painfully bad narrator

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

Reviewed: 03-06-18

What would have made Possessing Providence better?

I love the story, have read it many times, but the narrator is just awful

What was one of the most memorable moments of Possessing Providence?

The moment she finds the hero in the cell, her reaction

What didn’t you like about Jennifer Cliff’s performance?

Her non dialogue sounds robotic, but her dialogue is almost comically bad. I gave up at the fourth chapter. It is easily the worst narration that I have ever heard. Listen to the sample, but be warned, the narration does get worse. Her English accents weren't bad, but the Australian sounded like someone doing a mocking interpretation. I can't believe this actually was released; where is the quality control?

What character would you cut from Possessing Providence?

None, the story itself is pretty solid

Any additional comments?

I hope this gets re-released with better narration to do the story justice. I definitely recommend buying the book, but it is ruined with this narrator.

  • Mischief and the Masters

  • Masters of the Shadowlands, Book 12
  • By: Cherise Sinclair
  • Narrated by: Noah Michael Levine, Erin deWard
  • Length: 11 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 176
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 161
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 161

Her life destroyed by a stalker, Uzuri Cheval starts anew in Tampa and joins the exclusive Shadowlands club. Unconvinced of her claims that she can overcome her fear of big men without help, Master Z gives her a time limit. And she is improving - until she hears the stalker is out of prison. Now her time limit is up, and the Masters will intervene, which is okay - as long as whoever helps her is short. Okay, sweet and gentle would be good, too. But two Doms? Dangerously experienced and dauntingly powerful cousins? No way.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Love this series!

  • By Susan D'Spain on 04-13-18

Love the story, narrators, not so much

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

Reviewed: 02-24-18

If you could sum up Mischief and the Masters in three words, what would they be?

Pranks, sex & love

What was one of the most memorable moments of Mischief and the Masters?

Any of the pranks, always hilarious to see doms from previous books react to Uzuri's pranks

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

There are two narrators, and the female narrator isn't exactly bad, but she made the main character sound like an 80-yr-old woman.

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

I have reread this book countless times, and I still find myself laughing

Any additional comments?

Love the story, one of my favorites of the series. I do wish they would use a different female narrator, just because she is not very good at using different inflections for different characters without aging them

  • Hotshot: Buchanan-Renard, Book 11

  • By: Julie Garwood
  • Narrated by: Amy McFadden
  • Length: 10 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 762
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 690
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 688

A graduate of a prestigious French culinary school, Peyton has just lost her job as a food critic after rightfully accusing her boss of sexual harassment. Out of work and in a bad place personally, to Peyton a year doing something completely different sounds wonderful. Peyton dives into learning the resort business but is quickly derailed by an escalating chain of events that puts her life in danger. She refuses to be intimidated - until she’s nearly killed. Then she calls on her childhood friend and protector, Finn MacBain, now with the FBI, and asks for his help.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good story. Bad Performer

  • By Pat on 09-26-13

Good story, horrible narration

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

Reviewed: 02-24-18

Is there anything you would change about this book?

Spoiler, but the cousin Debi committed so many illegal acts, some definitely felonies, and she gets no real comeuppance. It was so frustrating. Peyton spends so much time of the story lamenting that her cousin is never held accountable and is spoiled, yet she lets her get away with so much. This left a bad taste after finishing the story, but otherwise, it is a good read

What did you like best about this story?

I love that the plot revolves around a bad guy getting justice

How did the narrator detract from the book?

One of the worst narrators I have heard. She often sounds like the archetypal "omg, no waaay" valley girl, and is just generally irritating to listen to

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

no

Any additional comments?

Not my favorite Julie Garwood, and I only went with the audiobook since I had a credit and her ebooks are extremely overpriced, but the narrator is so bad, I think I will return it

  • Crash Landing

  • By: Lori Wilde
  • Narrated by: Emma Winterly
  • Length: 5 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 26
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 24

Billionaire Gibb Martin loves risk almost as much as he loves a well-made suit. But when his business partner and longtime friend suddenly bails on a major venture to get married…well, that's one risk Gibb isn't willing to take. Now he just needs to charter a plane to Florida so he can stop the wedding - fast! Normally, bombshell pilot Sophia Cruz would have told Slick City Boy exactly where to go. Unfortunately, she really needs cash - even if it does come from an over-privileged guy with a very fine backside.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Narrator seemed on sedatives

  • By Raemar3356 on 07-02-13

ruined by bad narration

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

Reviewed: 12-09-17

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

Dialogue was a bit corny, didn't seem to fit

How could the performance have been better?

1. Giving the characters even slightly different voices. 2. She has a strange rhythm where she is randomly speaking very slowly, then speeds up again, so if they could fix her pacing, that would help, got annoying fast. 3. Her inflection was just odd; some parts sounded like she was bored, etc

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • River's End

  • By: Nora Roberts
  • Narrated by: Sandra Burr
  • Length: 14 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,028
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 751
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 758

Olivia's parents had been one of Hollywood's glittering golden couples...until the night the monster came. The monster who destroyed their beautiful home and took her mother away from her forever. The monster with the face of her father. Now a young woman, Olivia has a chance to confront her tragic past - and the longings of her own lonely heart. But before she can confront her past, she must safeguard her future.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • River's End

  • By Susan on 04-15-10

bad narration

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-02-17

I couldn't finish. The narrator is truly awful. The inflection is odd, and children sound like minnie mouse

  • Bunny and the Bear

  • By: Eve Langlais
  • Narrated by: Abby Craden
  • Length: 4 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 329
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 315
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 313

Bears and bunnies aren't supposed to mix, or that's what Chase keeps telling himself when his bouncy new neighbor won't stay out of his business - and his mind. However, the more he gets to know his overly perky neighbor, the more he craves her. It's a desire worse than his addiction to honey and pie.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Funny & Sexy

  • By Jennifer on 09-21-15

How did this narration get approved????????

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

Reviewed: 05-31-17

Is there anything you would change about this book?

The book itself is good. It is a light and cute story

What was one of the most memorable moments of Bunny and the Bear?

The rescue

What didn’t you like about Abby Craden’s performance?

Her narration for voices is easily the worst I have ever heard. The voices have the weirdest pacing, and no voice sounds relatively normal/acceptable. Every voice sounds like she is mocking someone, but the high pitched ridiculous voice for Miranda that is as out of place as it is annoying. The men will alternately sound like Gollum or low pitched off tempo messes

What would have made this romance irresistible?

Better narration

Any additional comments?

Please, PLEASE, rerelease with a better narrator. It is an adorable story ruined by this narration. I thought she would be good, her voice when isn't trying to use a character voice is very good.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Dragon Bound

  • Elder Races Series #1
  • By: Thea Harrison
  • Narrated by: Sophie Eastlake
  • Length: 12 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,282
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,780
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,793

Half human and half Wyr, Pia Giovanni spent her life keeping a low profile among the Wyrkind and avoiding the continuing conflict between them and their Dark Fae enemies. But after being blackmailed into stealing a coin from the hoard of a dragon, Pia finds herself targeted by one of the most powerful---and passionate---of the Elder Races.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Woo Freakin Hoo!

  • By Amazon Customer on 10-14-11

Good story, audio hissing on s's

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

Reviewed: 02-02-17

Would you listen to Dragon Bound again? Why?

Definitely not. I tried different devices, playing with equalizer, but audio had the most annoying hissing sound on s sounds

What didn’t you like about Sophie Eastlake’s performance?

I don't think it was the narrator so much as the editing

Any additional comments?

Good story, but I hope they redo the audiobook

  • Croc and the Fox

  • By: Eve Langlais
  • Narrated by: Abby Craden
  • Length: 5 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 179
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 167
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 166

A career military man, Viktor lives for the next mission - and his collection of weapons - but a raid on an experimental lab makes him an unwilling protector, mostly because he can't peel Renee off. A cold-blooded croc, he never intended to settle down, but he didn't count on a foxy lady warming his heart.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Perfect Pairing

  • By eBook Reader on 06-27-18

males voices sound like bad Gollum impersonation

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

Reviewed: 12-05-16

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

The narrator is not bad overall, but her male voices are absolutely horrible. I couldn't finish listening to it, it was just painfully awful

Who was your favorite character and why?

Renee, very sweet character, and her exuberance is cute

What didn’t you like about Abby Craden’s performance?

Any time a male speaks, she fails miserably. I cannot emphasize enough how terrible her male voices are. Viktor sounds like the narrator is doing a Gollum impersonation

What character would you cut from Croc and the Fox?

none

Any additional comments?

Great book, have read it several times, but avoid this mess of an audiobook. This narrator is officially on my "avoid at all costs" list. It's easily the worst I have ever heard because of the male voices. The rest, the females and non dialogue are perfectly fine

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Mercy

  • Buchanan-Renard, Book 2
  • By: Julie Garwood
  • Narrated by: Christina Traister
  • Length: 12 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 848
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 746
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 751

When esteemed Justice Department attorney Theo Buchanan is struck ill at a New Orleans gala, Dr. Michelle Renard works fast to save his life. Soon, Theo finds himself in a race to save her when Michelle is targeted by a deadly crime ring. They call themselves the Sowing Club, a devious foursome driven by greed to accumulate millions in a secret bank account. Now they're dead set on silencing Michelle, who might know the secret behind the killing of one of their wives.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The accents drove me nuts but the story was good

  • By kathy on 06-25-13

an audiobook should not need subtitles

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

Reviewed: 11-12-16

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

Not so much. The narrator's cajun accent was a bit overdone and it was frustrating trying to understand her often

Who was your favorite character and why?

anyone who didn't need an accent, so none of the main characters

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Christina Traister?

Anyone

Did Mercy inspire you to do anything?

Turn off my kindle

Any additional comments?

The story is very good, I have a paperback copy of it that is white-spined, I have read it so often. It's a nice change from her other contemporaries, I think one of Julie Garwood's strongest. That said, the narrator made a valiant attempt at accents, which in other settings, or other media, would probably be successful. But they neglected to factor in that 75 per cent of the dialogue uses this accent where consonants are dropped, words are pronounced with weird emphasis. It came across cartoonish at times, and at others, it was annoying and difficult to understand. If I hadn't read the book previously, I would have been lost. I absolutely hate how she narrates the heroine's father's voice. I often could not understand what he was supposed to be saying with the odd accent and the weird high pitched inflection at the end of every sentence