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  • Depravity

  • A Beastly Tale, Book 1
  • By: M.J. Haag
  • Narrated by: Sierra Kline
  • Length: 6 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 407
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 372
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 371

Benella is concerned with two things - avoiding the two village boys who torment her and scrounging for food to help feed her family. Unfortunately the best wild fruit and vegetables are near the walls of the estate, a dark, misty place inhabited by an unforgiving beast. When her tormentors lock her behind the massive gates, Benella knows her fate is sealed. Yet the fate isn't one she expects. Her encounter with the beast starts a bizarre cycle of bargaining for her freedom, a freedom the beast seems determined to see her lose.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • What A Cliffy!!!

  • By The Audio Flow on 08-23-16

Wonderful weekend audiobook series!

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

Reviewed: 04-22-19

I just finished this series on audio & had to circle back to book 1 to give my rating for potential listeners to see!

I read this series & I had to get the audio books! Not disappointed at all. The narrator fits the characters well & she was able to capture the characters' emotions in her voice. Quite a lovely listen. Definitely a series to listen to over a relaxing weekend. There was just enough character & environmental building that made you use your imagination without being exhaustive.

*** Potential SPOILERS ***

This series is as the author describes: a Beauty & the Beast tale. It's a twist on the original with an enjoyable storyline about a girl who teaches the beast about kindness while she learns not to let said kindness be her weakness. I felt like there was some inclusion of Cinderella within the story; which added an extra dimension of immersion for character building. Benella may frustrate you in the beginning, by her lack of telling anyone of her troubles with the town bullies; but the reason is revealed as the story progresses & makes the whole situation worth the wait!

*** Book 3 SPOILERS ***


I only wish a bit more closure could of been given for the future of the estate, Rose (& her aliases lol), Bly, Cornwall, & offspring of the characters. Given the way these situations ended, one could only assume things went well; but the estate was not financially stable nor was the town. One aspect I was never sure of was Rose. How did she come to be? Is her "skillset" common? (not trying to say too much in case others miss the spoiler warning). Where did she go? Her existence in the storyline is explained through the actions of Alec's mother; but the story's world isn't explained as being in the "paranormal" realm so how is she possible? No matter how I try to incision the answers to these questions myself, I cannot get them to make sense (given the world the story takes place in). Especially since the towns are aware of the curse yet no one seems bothered by the existence of someone capable of creating said curse. Just feels strange lol.

  • Undercover Magic

  • Dragon's Gift: The Valkyrie, Book 1
  • By: Linsey Hall
  • Narrated by: Laurel Schroeder
  • Length: 6 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 219
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 201
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 200

In a world of suppressed magic, I’m an Unknown. Deadly power, little control. I’m only alive because I pay a blood sorcerer to keep me hidden. But when he comes to collect on the debt I can’t pay, one of his goons slams me with a deadly curse. Suddenly, I’m out of options and out of time. When I’m given a rare chance to join the secretive Undercover Protectorate and train at their academy to become an investigator, I have a way to hunt the cure for the curse.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Read.

  • By Natalie @ ABookLoversLife on 12-26-17

Narrator's nasally inflection is frustrating....

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

Reviewed: 04-13-19

I have this series on my Kindle but decided to revisit it through the audio version. The narrator barely makes an effort to give appropriate intonation for how the characters are feeling or reacting. It sounds monotonous in many parts. The other parts are frustrating to listen to since she has this lengthy, breathy, nasally type of inflection at the end of a phrase before she takes a breath to read more. I don't know what to call the noise she does; but it's just annoying. The noise sounds more appropriate for "intimate" scenes between characters & not when they are in a supernatural battle. Hoping the noise changes soon or I won't continue.

  • Strife

  • Hidden, Book Four
  • By: Colleen Vanderlinden
  • Narrated by: Tonya Cornelisse
  • Length: 10 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 21
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21

What do you do when your most dangerous foe is the one living inside you? When Molly Brooks fought her way back to Detroit after her trials in the Nether, she came back changed. The life she thought she had, the one thing that helped keep her sane, was gone. She feels wrong in her own skin, scared. And her powers...well. They're just not working the way they're supposed to. She doesn't have a whole lot of time to wallow, though.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Diction Please!

  • By B. on 10-24-15

Severe Mispronouncing Continues Throughout Series

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

Reviewed: 03-03-19

Fundamental pronunciation errors impacts immersion for the audience (at least for me). The word Ally is pronounced "Al -eye", as in a mutual partnership aimed towards achieving a common goal.
Not "Al -e" which represents a small walkway in between buildings.

Each book in this series, so far, has had more pronunciation errors than any other audio book I have! A small amount of errors is expected; but this is beyond average. I've never purposely avoided audio books based on the narrator; but such poor quality assurance in proofreading (as it's part of your job), has me at the point of avoidance. I love this series, as one of my top go to works for rereading; unfortunately I don't believe I will continue the audio books. Absolutely disappointed.

  • Lost Girl

  • Hidden, Book 1
  • By: Colleen Vanderlinden
  • Narrated by: Tonya Cornelisse, Punch Audio
  • Length: 7 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 75
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 70
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 70

Molly Brooks is a telepathic vigilante with a few secrets and a mysterious past. Determined to make something of her bizarre powers, she devotes herself to saving those who need her most. One night, she's followed by a powerful being in a pickup truck, and her world will never be the same. Finding herself thrust into a world full of supernatural beings she could have only imagined, Molly learns how powerful she really is, and how much she stands to lose.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An interesting new heroine!

  • By erobbins33 on 06-11-15

One of My Favorites; But Narrator Missed the Mark

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

Reviewed: 02-17-19

This is one of my go-to series for rereading whenever I need an escape or couldn't find a new series to binge through. I finally decided to buy the audio version to have it readily available while driving or doing household chores. I'm 1/4 of the way through it & I had to stop listening to write a review this early in.

I don't expect perfect narration from audio books, but 1 aspect that gets old is mispronouncing words. it takes the listener out of the immersion you get from a well written story (like this series). The words I stopped on to write this was: "femoral carotid".

It's properly pronounced: "fem -or -all" and "car -ah -tid"

Narrator said: "Feam -oral" and "cair -oh -tid"

Why don't narrators look up pronounciations of words unfamiliar to them? Then they can record those segments using the appropriate pronunciation, instead of moving forward with the errors! I know with my job, had I delivered a report to my clients with errors in it, I could be sued & cost my company money & future contracts. I guess that's why I can't fathom the reason for such simple corrections not being addressed. It almost feels like the narrator doesn't take pride in what she does. Such a shame since I really enjoy the author's work.

  • Hacking: 2 Books in 1 Bargain

  • The Complete Beginner's Guide to Learning Ethical Hacking with Python Along with Practical Examples & The Beginner's Complete Guide to Computer Hacking and Pen. Testing
  • By: Miles Price
  • Narrated by: Matyas Job Gombos
  • Length: 2 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 6

Inside this audiobook, we aim to show you the importance of staying on top of this threat by learning how to hack. While it is true that hackers have received a bad rep over the years, mostly due to biased media reporting, not all hackers have criminal intentions. This audiobook is meant to serve as an educational guide for people who are interested in learning some simple hacking tools, tips, and techniques in order to protect yourself and your computer networks.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Audio "book" with false advertising?

  • By Common-Sense-Is-Key on 01-02-19

Audio "book" with false advertising?

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

Reviewed: 01-02-19

I thought this book would be supplementary for my career; so I can learn more on writing Python scripts. I was sorely disappointed. I bought the audio book, since I don't have time to read a book at the moment; however, when a script is mentioned, the narrator says: "see book for script & commands". Really? So what is the purpose of purchasing the audio book? No where in the description did it mention the need to have also purchased the regular e-book. In actuality, the audio book's description uses the exact phrase: "Along with Practical Examples". So essentially, the typed & printed books' description was copied to the audio book without proofreading for validity. There's many more advanced audio books I have that say the commands with no problems (sometimes the word is said or they would spell it, for more complex strings). At least inform potential customers, with a disclaimer, that the audio version is useless without having the written or typed copy of the book. I truly hope this was an honest mistake and not a deliberate attempt to be deceptive.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Black Witch

  • The Black Witch Chronicles, Book 1
  • By: Laurie Forest
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 18 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,641
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,536
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,534

A Great Winged One will soon arise and cast his fearsome shadow upon the land. And just as Night slays Day, and Day slays Night, so also shall another Black Witch rise to meet him, her powers vast beyond imagining. So foretells the greatest prophecy of the Gardnerian mages. Carnissa Gardner, the last prophesied Black Witch, drove back the enemy forces and saved her people during the Realm War.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The controversy should make you want to read this book!

  • By Raquel on 10-28-17

Really Good! Only wish that......

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

Reviewed: 11-08-18

.......the main female heroine didn't behave so simple-minded. I fully understand the author's want to make her appear sheltered; but the level of naivety shouldn't equate to a lack of common sense. Many series have turned me from reading them because of the same equation of: sheltered past equals no common sense.
*** Spoilers ***
For instance:
(1) Elloren states many times that Fallon scares her, yet she continuously goes after her, all the while knowing her own power isn't fully manifesting.
(2) Elloren cannot fathom why all the other Supernatural races despise her even after realizing her own direct likeness of her grandmother once she's been informed of her grandmother's cruelty.
(3) She ignorantly believes that her aunt will somehow move her to a new room even though she again states she's not wand fasting yet.
Lastly, my most frustrating example.......
(4) Elloren admits, during/after her legit wand testing, that remnants of her grandma's Black Witch power flows through her, deep inside; but she never even questions that she may in fact be the new Black Witch (& her fae side may be blocking it? Or a form of fae shielding was done to hide her power?). There's absolutely no speculation from her! Characters don't have to be written as dimwitted to come across as being sheltered.

Alas, I am currently downloading the 2nd book to this series! I'm hoping for Elloren to grow intellectually; however, if it doesn't happen, she's definitely not the worst character I've ever read about in a series. So there's that lol.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful