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  • Vostok

  • By: Steve Alten
  • Narrated by: P. J. Ochlan
  • Length: 14 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 305
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 278
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 276

East Antarctica: the coldest, most desolate location on earth. Two-and-a-half miles below the ice cap is Vostok, a 6,000 square mile liquid lake, over 1,000 feet deep, left untouched for more than 15 million years. Now, marine biologist Zachary Wallace and two other scientists aboard a submersible tethered to a laser will journey 13,000 feet beneath the ice into this unexplored realm to discover Mesozoic life-forms long believed extinct - and an object of immense power responsible for the evolution of modern man.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Id have to say I was greatly disappointed

  • By Stevie Havoc on 01-26-17

WHAT THE HELL DID I JUST LISTEN TO?

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

Reviewed: 06-06-18


So I decided to make a few notes while listening, so I could remember them if I decided to write a review. I've included some of the "highlights"
• "IT KILLED 3 PEOPLE" No, Zachary, it killed at least 9, and that's just that I can remember
• Narrator Its Yin and YANG not YUNG
• Okay Tru, you were my favorite character in the Loch, don't let me down.
• I get that Ben is supposed to be the cocky pilot yadayada whatever, but there is a difference between being cocky and being volatile and erratic. No way on, or in, Earth would an expedition of the scale and delicacy, allow such a loose cannon to pilot that mission. Not in a situation where there are thousands of things that could go wrong under ideal circumstances, everyone has to be able ti keep a calm and rational head no matter the circumstances, and every team member has to be able to completely trust each other for their survival, let alone success.
• Okay, Tru, there is a BIG damn difference between being an incorrigible but endearing horn dog and being a creepy sex offender in the making... you are seriously skating that line.
• Wow, went from Jurassic Park to Indiana Jones and the Crystal Skull to full on Randy Quaid in less than 5 minutes.
• What the hell, goes from railing against lady for being part of this evil cabal to making out with her for a few minutes then right vack to ranting. Literally no exaggerating the randomness....Oh, so now he's done with his conspiracy theory info dump they are just going to go right back to boning 5 feet away from Zachary. Seriously, was this written by a 15 year old boy?
• Oh yes, lets just smuggle an egg in our backpack, thats TOTALLY going to work out, no way at all that could possibly go bad.
• I gave up, I refuse to subject myself to this any longer. Bad narration asude, the story went frim interesting science fiction to paranoid tinfoil hat drivel. There is a difference between absurd but fun guilty pleasure (especially when real educational information is woven in) and asinine preachy paranoia fearmongering. Unfortunately this went frim the former to the latter REAL fast, as in gave me whiplash. That combined with the inconsistency of the author to keep facts straight from one book to the other (mortality rate ect) and a narrator who cannot pronounce commonly used words made this tedious.

  • How to Date a Dragon

  • Flirting with Fangs Trilogy, Book 2
  • By: Ashlyn Chase
  • Narrated by: Leah Mallach
  • Length: 8 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 183
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 168
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 167

Bliss Russo thought nothing exciting ever happened in her life. Until her building caught on fire and she had to be carried out of the flames in the arms of a gorgeous fireman. Sure, her apartment is now in shambles and she'll have to start her huge work project completely from scratch. But at least her love life is finally looking up…if only she can find her red-hot rescuer again. Dragon shapeshifter Drake Cameron is the last of his clan, and the loneliness is starting to claw at him.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Ok, but I felt like I was misled on the recommendation.

  • By just DK (in the world in which we live) on 05-11-16

Terrible. Badly written and narrated

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

Reviewed: 04-04-18

I love supernatural romance, including the more lighthearted and humorous reads, this went beyond lighthearted and right into ludicrous. It actually became tedious and annoying to listen to it. Overused cliches and tropes, ridiculous female antogonist who was so over the top it was ludicrous and actually felt insulting to listen to.
The narrator was absolutely horrible with the accents, including the main male character, to the point she actually gave up on his accent at times. Her Caribbean accent was almost painful to listen to and it swung around constantly.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Kissing with Fangs

  • Flirting with Fangs Trilogy, Book 3
  • By: Ashlyn Chase
  • Narrated by: Leah Mallach
  • Length: 9 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 111
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 99
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 96

When her workplace burned down, Claudia should've taken it as a sign to move on - and not just professionally. She's been secretly lusting after her mysterious boss, Anthony Cross, for years. There's no way she should agree to help him rebuild if she wants to keep her heart intact, and yet it's impossible to stay away.... The flames that destroyed Anthony Cross' beloved bar are nothing compared to the heat he feels every time he lays eyes on Claudia. But he can't have her - it's against paranormal law for a vampire to date a human.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Horrible ending

  • By Adrienne Suber on 05-25-18

Ridiculous. Bad story and irritating narration.

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

Reviewed: 04-04-18

I love humorous and lighthearted supernatural romance, and I know you have to accept a certain suspension of disbelief to enjoy it, but this was just stupid.
• Overused cliches and tropes, ridiculous female antogonist
• Accents/voices are skewed, ex. Drunk female soundes mentally handicapped, 2) Main Character sounds like she has a head cold
• Romance beyond rushed, actually had to check if I'd skipped a chapter
• When the supernatural creatures and gods are the most believable aspect of a story its sad. The behavior and choices by characters are asinine. What guy actually WANTS a psycho stalker chick just because she "proved she understands loyalty" by being a possessive stalker.
• Laughable dialogue, and not in good way "another kind of grand opening I'd like to get to tonight." "Sure it wasn't honeymoon cystitis?" "Don't bother eating him, you'll just be hungry again in an hour."-regarding draining a Chinese teenager
• Ridiculously over complicated and contrived ending. The clause was completely unnecessary and idiotic. It was drama for the sake of drama rather than story.
The "climax" really wasn't, it built up then fizzled out and skipped to the wrap up.

  • Atlantis Rising

  • Warriors of Poseidon, Book 1
  • By: Alyssa Day
  • Narrated by: Joshua Swanson
  • Length: 9 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 401
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 334
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 333

Eleven thousand years ago, before the seas swallowed the Atlanteans, Poseidon assigned a few chosen warriors to act as sentinels for humans in the new world. There was only one rule - desiring them was forbidden. But rules were made to be broken.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • VERY HAPPY TO SEE (HEAR) ALYSSA DAY ON AUDIBLE!!!

  • By d.e.matthews on 05-25-11

Loved the story but the narration was MEH at best.

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

Reviewed: 02-05-18

Story and characters are great, but the narrator is less than stellar. For a male narrator a surprising number of his male characters sound vaguely feminine. Also, on several occasions he seemed to be channelling Captain Kirk. "You..REIGN..of..EVIL,,has COME...to..an...END" There doesn't seem to be any emotion of in some cases the wrong emotion in the narration. OVer all the story is good, a start to what looks to be an interesting series.

  • How to Date Your Dragon

  • By: Molly Harper
  • Narrated by: Amanda Ronconi, Jonathan Davis
  • Length: 6 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,951
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,565
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,556

Concerned that technology is about to chase mythological creatures out into the open (how long can Sasquatch stay hidden from Google maps?), the League for Interspecies Cooperation is sending Jillian to Louisiana on a fact-finding mission. While the League hopes to hold on to secrecy for a little bit longer, they're preparing for the worst in terms of human reactions. They need a plan, so they look to Mystic Bayou, a tiny town hidden in the swamp where humans and supernatural residents have been living in harmony for generations.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • As someone from Louisiana...

  • By Kristi on 02-13-18

Great start to a hopefully long Series

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

Reviewed: 02-01-18

Light hearted, but not insipid. Great start to mythos building and a colorful and endearing cast of characters. I wish it had been longer just to get to spend more time with the characters and town, which is always a good sign. The romance was a little rushed, I felt the author was working with a limit on story length and wish it could have played out a bit. The mystery was well done for this genre, not dwelling on dark detail or too gritty, but adding tension. Great narration. Johnathan Davis dis a great job of a subtle coona....Cajun accent, given the character wasn't supposed to have a fullon accent. I highly recommend for a fun listen and cannot wait for the series to continue.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Twilight Before Christmas

  • By: Christine Feehan
  • Narrated by: Teri Clark Linden
  • Length: 7 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 775
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 680
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 679

Best-selling novelist Kate Drake is one of seven sisters gifted with amazing powers of witchcraft. Returning home in time for her northern California town's annual Christmas pageant, Kate catches the spirit of the season and decides to open a bookstore in a charming but run-down historic mill. Decorated former U.S. Army Ranger Matt Granite, now a local contractor, doesn't mind working in the undeniably eerie house -- not if it means getting closer to Kate. There's something about the quiet, sensual woman that powerfully attracts him.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Narrator so bad I quit after 5 minutes

  • By Paige on 12-13-12

Narration is Horrible

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

Reviewed: 11-16-17

With the exception of the two main characters the voices the narrator used were horrible. The sisters either sounded insipid and squeaky or nasally like an ancient grandmother. The males were all idiotic and INEZ sounded like she was a midwestern housewife from the 50's, just second away from adding "Doncha know" at the end of every sentence.

  • Shadow Spell

  • Book Two of The Cousins O'Dwyer Trilogy
  • By: Nora Roberts
  • Narrated by: Alan Smyth
  • Length: 11 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,411
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 3,109
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,101

With the legends and lore of Ireland running through his blood, falconer Connor O’Dwyer is proud to call County Mayo home. It’s where his sister, Branna, lives and works, where his cousin, Iona, has found true love, and where his childhood friends form a circle that can’t be broken. A circle that is about to be stretched out of shape - by a long-awaited kiss. Meara Quinn is Branna’s best friend, a sister in all but blood. Her and Connor’s paths cross almost daily, as Connor takes tourists on hawk walks and Meara guides them on horseback across the lush countryside.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Book is a good read but the narrator is HORRIBLE

  • By jenny on 03-27-14

The narrator was terrible but the story was okay

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

Reviewed: 12-14-16

The narrator paused after every sentence. It was like listening to someone learning how to read. Even at 1.25 speed it was too distracting

  • Fire Bound

  • By: Christine Feehan
  • Narrated by: Carol Monda
  • Length: 13 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 626
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 556
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 556

Flame-haired Lissa Piner is a skilled glassblower whose delicate gift conceals a burning inner strength that can destroy as exquisitely as it can create. Commissioned to design chandeliers for a string of luxury hotels, her remarkable skills have taken her to Italy. But Lissa's real mission there is a secret. For her entire life has been a lie, leading to a chance to avenge a terrible wrong.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Narrator was wrong choice

  • By Amazon Customer on 04-27-16

Narrator was wrong choice

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

Reviewed: 04-27-16

Any additional comments?

I only just started listening but I am already having trouble with the narration. The narrator sounds way off for the book, making the girls sound like they are in their 40 or 50, and possibly hard smokers, rather than the 20-30's something that they are. I will update my review as I progress and hopefully it will get better but so far the voice is really detracting from the experience.

9 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • Earth Bound

  • Sea Haven, Book 4
  • By: Christine Feehan
  • Narrated by: Mike Chamberlain
  • Length: 15 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 615
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 540
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 539

After escaping from a cult, Lexi found refuge with her sisters on the farm that more than sustained her body - it nurtured her soul as well. But she never forgot the terror she left behind or the always present fear that the cult would find her again and claim her. Then her nightmare came true.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Usual story, terrible narration

  • By Sharon on 07-08-15

Good story, blah performance

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

Reviewed: 04-15-16

If you could sum up Earth Bound in three words, what would they be?

The story was good, not the best, but still good. The narrator was just totally blah, almost monotone. I found it difficult to tell between the character he was reading, impossible even at time. Most of the brothers are suppose to have a Russian accent, it was only present for literally a single line in the beginning, even when he would use the Russian endearments, there was no accent. The book has actually had me nodding off in the beginning because the reading was so bland.

What didn’t you like about Mike Chamberlain’s performance?

He had hardly any character variations in the voices and read very monotonously. He never used the Russian accent which is supposed to be present in many of the brothers.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Dark Side of the Moon

  • By: Sherrilyn Kenyon
  • Narrated by: Holter Graham
  • Length: 12 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 458
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 426
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 425

Susan Michaels was once the hottest reporter on the Beltway Beat until a major scandal ruined her life and left her writing stories about alien babies and Elvis sightings. Life as she once knew it is over, or so she thinks, but then she gets a lead on a story that could salvage her extinct career. She heads to the local animal shelter, expecting a hot news tip, which she gets in the form of a major police cover-up...for a ring of soul-sucking vampires out to take over Seattle. So much for saving her credibility.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Book, only one nagging issue

  • By Amazon Customer on 10-23-15

Great Book, only one nagging issue

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

Reviewed: 10-23-15

What other book might you compare Dark Side of the Moon to and why?

Kiss of Night. This one deals with a lot of the deimon politics and underlying goings on.

What about Holter Graham’s performance did you like?

I am usually a huge Holter Graham fan, and I am giving him the benifit of the doubt that simply no one bothered to give him a pronunciation guide on the names. There is a character named Cael, pronouced KALE, but he pronounces it Kyle. This wouldn't be nearly as annoying if there weren't another character actually named KYLE in the book. It gets really irritating when you can't tell who is being referenced. I waited 10 years for this audiobook and its a more than a little irritating when you are dealing with a mythos as complex and involved as the Dark Hunter world.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful