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  • Shadow Kissed

  • Witch's Rebels Series, Book 1
  • By: Sarah Piper
  • Narrated by: Aletha George, Tristan James
  • Length: 9 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 265
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 239
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 236

Blackmoon Bay is a city of monsters. Surviving here means never leaving home without a sharp stake. It means keeping secrets, even from friends. And unless I want the Hunters finding me again, it means my witchcraft stays on permanent lockdown. Good policy - until the night I accidentally resurrect a dead girl, rekindling my magic and drawing the Bay's most dangerous men to my doorstep. I'm Gray Desario. Witch. Survivor. Occasional bringer of chaos. And tonight? The darkness is coming.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Shockingly good!!

  • By Alyssa on 09-10-18

Reverse Harem

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

Reviewed: 02-03-19

This wasn’t for me and I am returning it. The writing was okay, I didn’t love the main character but also didn’t hate her - but I’m just not into reverse harem stories. And I hadn’t read between the lines of the description enough to understand that’s what this is. I didn’t know why they didn’t put it on the cover, since it’s the subtitle. It’s literally the first thing the narrator says after the title. That way, I wouldn’t have bought it.
I gave it a try anyways, but it’s just not my thing and I stopped after the first third. I’d prefer a polyamorous story to a (reverse or not) harem story. But that’s just me, so I feel like giving the book only one or two stars because of that wouldn’t be fair. Both the writing and the characters are okay but not interesting or unique enough for me to keep on listening despite the reverse harem theme. Hence, 3 stars.

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  • Making the Cut

  • By: Scott Hildreth
  • Narrated by: Biff Summers, Bunny Warren
  • Length: 6 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 727
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 659
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 658

Determined to remove herself from the rules and regulations of her overbearing religious parents, Avery escapes to college and is determined to make it on her own. Working as a bartender, and mere weeks before her college graduation, she finds herself face to face with 30 members of an outlaw motorcycle club. She had no idea when the president of the club walked in she'd go weak in the knees for the gorgeous tattooed biker.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Hm...

  • By Lisy on 11-16-17

Hate both the hero and the heroine

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

Reviewed: 09-02-18

Where to start?
The heroine: starts out independent and smart mouthed, them completely changes her personality for the guy, so he will like her. Is also completely submissive to him (and not in a bdsm kinda way). She starts out with a boyish body, but after he shows interest, she’s suddenly developed curves ...?! Without her eating more or exercising (or surgery), of course. But I guess the interest of a man alone can make a woman sexy and without him, she’s nothing.

Also: both him and her set up her best friend for what can only be described as a gang rape. They clearly state that it doesn’t matter wether she wants it or not and she (the BFF) is not to know anything beforehand. And it’s to be rough. Really rough. So yeah. Gang rape. Because that’s what women do to each other, right? That’s the fun, cheeky and right way to punish your best friend for being prettier than you (and to punish a woman for showing interest in you even if you’re not into her, if you’re a man).

Also, heroine fat shames her bff. Because as soon as the heroine gets curvy, the bff (who was the curvyliscious one before) gets fat. Obviously. Because there can only ever be one attractive friend.
She also slut shames her. And then sets her up for gang rape. Yeah, I’m not getting over that one. (I was horrified this was written by a woman, but reading the writer’s name, he appears to be male. That explains some things, but it is still horrifying and sad.)

The hero: hates all women because his momma left his daddy and his high school girlfriend cheated on him. That’s it. Nothing else. Normal people get over much worse, but for him, all women are now bitches and just things you use to get off. That should be enough said - a strong alpha male this one isn’t, more like a whiny little...
But other than the horrible way he thinks about women and the way he expects the heroine to change and become meek - and the gang rape, lets not forget that one even for a second - he’s also quite the idiot. But hey, he’s hot and a bad boy, so we gotta swoon, right?

Last but not least, there was no chemistry and the sex scenes were meh.

First and last book I ever read by this author.

  • PTSD and Complex PTSD: Finding Purpose After Trauma

  • Mind, Body, Spirit, Book 3
  • By: Sammy Hill
  • Narrated by: Trevor Clinger
  • Length: 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7

You have suffered through a traumatic experience. You have survived it. You are here to tell your tale. Where do you go from here? In this audiobook, we discuss where you are at with your current PTSD and complex PTSD symptoms, what you have gone through to get to this point, and how you can find your purpose after you have suffered from trauma in your life. The most important thing in your PTSD or complex PTSD is to find a purpose, so that you have something to move forward towards during your PTSD and complex PTSD recovery.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great guide for those grieving too

  • By Ray Johnson on 04-24-18

Robotic narrator and overly long lists

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

Reviewed: 04-11-18

I could not get past 10 minutes. The narrator sounds very robotic, so much so that at first, I wondered if this was read by a text-to speech programm. The intonation and even pronunciation is off, even though he sounds like a native American English speaker. He also does not take punctuation into account and reads everything, including titles and questions, as one continuing sentence.
I tried to get past it, but then the author starts listing things - possible causes for PTSD at first. "Maybe you grew up with a neglective or abusive parent. Maybe you lost your house. Maybe your parents weren't faithful to each other. Maybe you were a victim of molestation in your childhood years. Or maybe..." and it just goes on and on and on, with no rhyme or reason. Maybe this approach works in book form, but combined with the narrator, it just didn't. I skipped through the first list (had to press the forward button quite a few times. It is really *long*), but a few minutes after that he starts with a new list, about symptoms of PTSD. Again, the same jumbled approach. I had enough.
So, I can't say anything about the book past the 10 or 12 minute mark, but if you're interested, I'd advise to get the book version (if there is one).

  • The Power of Vulnerability

  • Teachings of Authenticity, Connection, and Courage
  • By: Brené Brown PhD
  • Narrated by: Brené Brown
  • Length: 6 hrs and 30 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 24,449
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 21,737
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 21,486

On The Power of Vulnerability, Dr. Brown offers an invitation and a promise - that when we dare to drop the armor that protects us from feeling vulnerable, we open ourselves to the experiences that bring purpose and meaning to our lives. Here she dispels the cultural myth that vulnerability is weakness and reveals that it is, in truth, our most accurate measure of courage.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The audio makes all the difference.

  • By Sadie on 09-14-13

This is the one

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

Reviewed: 03-23-18

If you get one audiobook from Brené Brown, get this one. I’ve read her books, some of them in audiobook format, others in eBook format, and this tops all of them. Not only does it bring all of her research together, her delivery is priceless. She is funny and engaging and really let’s you know that she is struggling with this stuff, too, but that it’s worth it. You never feel judged by her, just understood and what she says is so very helpful. Seriously, would be worth 2 or 3 credits in my book!

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  • Not Another Bad Date

  • By: Rachel Gibson
  • Narrated by: Nicole Poole
  • Length: 8 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 650
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 455
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 456

Rachel Gibson's spunky New York Times best-selling romances are confectionary treats for listeners. Curvaceous Adele Harris is prepared to give up dating forever. But when she travels home to console her sister, whose marriage is on the rocks, she runs into ex-flame Zach Zemaitis - and passions are reignited.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Second chance love with a ghostly twist...

  • By SIMARA on 06-23-12

Nice and fluffy series

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

Reviewed: 03-09-18

I discovered Rachel Gibson's Writer Series (or books in general) in the romance package when I was looking for something nice and fluffy to listen to while spring-cleaning. And they've delivered on that promise. They're an easy, fun and enjoayable listen.
The only thing I'm not a fan of is that they all end in marriage - which would be fine in itself (heck, I'm a fan of Jane Austin's, after all) - but the proposal happens so very quickly - usually together with the first (real) "I love you". It goes straight from having 'casual' sex (where they develop feelings for the other person - that part is described well, btw) to the resolution of whatever conflict there was, inclduing "I love you. Will you marry me?" There is no real dating, no openly being in a relationship, no living together before the proposal. I understand that these books want to concentrate on how they found each other, which is fine with me, I like that part. I just wished they didn't all marry their guy within a few months of knowing him. If the marriage takes place in the epilogue anyway, why not give them a bit more time? But really, that is just a minor thing, since it's only at the very end and I enjoyed the rest of the book.
This book in particular is actually the one I liked the least, probably because I just couldn't warm up to Zach - and I thought his change of heart was very sudden. But even so, it was fun and worth a listen if you like light and fun romance novels.

The one thing that really bothered me was the production. Now, Nicole Poole is a great narrator, there's no doubt about that. I love her style, I love her voice and she never over or underacts. She is awesome. But the audio editor could've done a better job. They did not edit out her breathing (which would be easy to edit out, because she takes short, deep breaths and then pauses minimally before speaking again) and at one point it got on my nerves so much I couldn't concentrate on her voice anymore. Again, not Nicole Poole's fault, she reads beautifully.
Also, the chapters of the book and audio book don't match. This was annoying because I'm one of those readers that like to listen in bed and use the 'end of chapter' sleep timer. But with this (and the last) book, the end of the audio book chaper would be in the middle of a scene.

So, that is a shame. But I would still listen to it anyway. I mean, the thrid book in the series had the same problems with the editing and I still went and downloaded the fourth.

  • Thunderbird Falls

  • The Walker Papers, Book 2
  • By: C. E. Murphy
  • Narrated by: Gabra Zackman
  • Length: 9 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 970
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 713
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 709

For all the bodies she's encountering, you'd think beat cop Joanne Walker works in Homicide. But no, Joanne's a reluctant shaman who last saved mankind three months ago; surely she deserves more of a break! Yet, incredibly, "Armageddon, Take Two" is mere days away.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Hhmm... I'm disappointed.

  • By Isaac on 08-17-12

New narrator, same good story!

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

Reviewed: 03-05-18

So, first: yes, changing a narrator mid-series (or even after the first book like here) isn't ideal. And, maybe because I listened to these books one right after another, at first, the new voice (&especialy reading stlye) threw me. Grabra Zackman is good, but --- in THIS book --- not as good as Christine Carroll was. Her reading is a bit more flat. But but but: she improves so much with each new book and frankly, at the end I was glad she's the narrator. Once she gets her groove back (by book... I think it was 3 or 4), she's just perfect for Joanne. So if the change or her voice or reading style bothers you, just give her a chance. She gets so much better, it's amazing. Her subsequent performances all get a 5 star rating from me.

Okay, enough about that. I liked the book. It's not my favorite in the series, though. Other reviewrs have said they don't like Joanne reverting back to denying her powers --- and yeah, I get how that could be annoying, but I didn't think it was. I thought it was rather realistic, actually, because God knows it's taken me more than one epiphany to finally truly accept certain things in my life. And given where she starts from, reverting back to her old beliefs once she's away from everything seems natural to me.
So, that didn't bother me. What did was how she acted. I don't want to spoil anything, but she goes back to a place she shouldn't. Last time she was there, something bad happened and if she thought about it, it should've been clear that if she went back, she would endanger the other person. But she doesn't just go back, she does so without thinking twice, just spontaniously and without an actual reason. She just says she wants to talk to the other person, but once there, she doesn't ask any important question and it isn't even clear why she thought that person might help. Now, maybe she had a valid reson in her head --- but if so, she doesn't share it with the reader. This is something that really annoyed me throughout the first few books of this series: Joanne's actions sometimes happen out of the blue and without any inner explanation or reasoning. She just suddenly decides to do it and I never know why she thinks something (usually but not always monumentally stupid) like that would be a good idea. It gets better later, but in this book it really got on my nerves, because it's such a useless action and such a stupid one with such bad consequences and there is just never any reflection. I don't mind heros that do stupid mistakes, but at least I want to know *why* they do them.

But, that said, the book is very much enjoyable and while it might be my least favorite book in the series, this is one of my favorite series, so it's still way up there and definitely worth a credit.

  • Jace

  • River Pack Wolves, Book 2
  • By: Alisa Woods
  • Narrated by: J.F. Harding, Laura Hopatcong
  • Length: 5 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 410
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 381
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 380

Ex-Army Specialist Jace River has a lock on his bedroom door, but it's not to keep anyone out; it's to keep his nightmares from breaking loose. His wolf is an out-of-control killer, which means he can never risk shifting, never truly be part of his pack, and definitely never take a mate. Piper Wilding works for the Army as a civilian, traveling the world for her work in counterintelligence and fighting the bad guys while bedding down the good ones.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Boring

  • By Deanna on 02-03-19

Fast moving romance

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

Reviewed: 02-19-18

Overall, this was very much like the first book, both good and bad. It was fast paced and the writing style is quite good, while the romance is love at first sight (so if you like that, go for it). Both these characters have serious, well defined and understandable issues, which I liked a lot; it’s just that they were resolved too quickly and easily for my liking(given how deep seated they were). That was to be expected with a book of this length, though.

The only thing I really didn’t like was the human on wolf blowjob at the end there. Yeah, they’re both werewolves, and it was short, but still, ewww!

The narration was good; the lady was a bit too breathless at times (sometimes even when reading the chapter number), but nothing major. I enjoyed it.

  • Urban Shaman

  • The Walker Papers, Book 1
  • By: C. E. Murphy
  • Narrated by: Christine Carroll
  • Length: 10 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,666
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,178
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,185

Joanne Walker has three days to learn to use her shamanic powers and save the world from the unleashed Wild Hunt.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Shaman Gal

  • By L. K. Epstein on 02-17-07

Very promising start!

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

Reviewed: 12-23-17

I'm so glad I gave this one a go! When I first started, I was like "Wait, a (half) native American protagonist that's a mechanic and also coyote plays a huge role? How very Mercy Thompson!" But despite the similarities, I got sucked into the story and decided to get the next one, too.

I like the characters. Joanne has the typical paranormal/urban fantasy heroine build (tall, lanky, strong) and snark, but (despite the mentioned similarities to Mercy) she's unique and entertaining enough to keep me interested. I'm very glad Gary the taxi driver had a bigger role and continued to accompany Joanne, he's a lot of fun and lightens up the story.
The story was enjoyable, too. The dream walking/journeys to the spirit world took some getting used to and were sometimes a bit confusing, but they were interesting. It would have been easy for them to bring the story to a halt, but they didn't.
I did get confused a couple of times, when I didn't know what was going on or why Joanne did what she did (because she acted without prior (internal) reasoning), but it didn't deter me from getting the next one.

I also thoroughly enjoyed the narrator. She used the wrong voice once or twice (Joanne's instead of Gary's), but other than that, it was superb.

I got this as part of the romance package, but there is very little romance. A romance is set up, but it's a slow burning one. I like that, but readers looking for more romantic action might be disappointed. (Also: I'm on book 6 now and there was no explicit sex scene so far, if I remember correctly. If you're looking for graphic details, look elsewhere. In this series, the bedroom door closes and the scene cuts. Again, I like that, but not everyone does, so I thought I'd give a heads up.)

All in all, definitely worth a credit.

One thing, though: If you read this and want to go on to book 2, Thunderbird Falls, you might want to read the novella "Banshee cries" (published in the anthology "Winter Moon") first - I didn't and got very confused in book 2, because Joanne keeps referring to events from that novella and, apparently, she learns quite a few things in there that are important throughout the rest of the series. You can go on without it (I have so far), but be prepared to feel a little left out.

  • Perfect Mate

  • By: Mina Carter
  • Narrated by: Emily Beresford
  • Length: 6 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 112
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 106
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 106

Monsters do exist... and they're the good guys. Lillian Rosewood leads an ordinary, boring life working as the manager of a psychiatric hospital. The highlights of her day, other than her skinny hot chocolate, are the hunky guards who work in the secure section. Until a late-night emergency is wheeled in. Captain Jack Harper is insane, drop-dead gorgeous... and just had his abdomen shredded. Despite the fact they're not an emergency room, Lillian can't turn him away and risk a death on her hands.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Confused about the previous low ratings

  • By Emma on 01-10-15

Very good start!

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

Reviewed: 12-09-17

I really liked this one. There’s a good balance of action and romance and the military angle was new and interesting. Some things weren’t fleshed out all the way - like, e. g. how do the wolves know about their one true mate if they’re a new, artificially created species and haven’t had the opportunity to go out and find one? I mean, they’ve been kept captive and only sent on missions for the military plus they’re too new to have any kind of passed down lore.
But I didn’t mind that too much and maybe there will me more of an explanation in the sequel(s) (I hope there is/will be a sequel). Heck, I even liked the multiple POVs, and right from the start, too! That never happens!

The narration was good, too. The male voices could have been a bit deeper/growlier, but that’d just been the cherry on top. I never once got annoyed or anything at the narrator (which happens when they over- or underact), she managed to keep me right there in the story, totally immersed.

So yeah, I’m really glad I gave this one a go. Definitely worth the time and credit if you like a bit of action with your romance.

  • The Heat

  • Big Bad Wolf Series, Book 1
  • By: Heather Killough-Walden
  • Narrated by: Gildart Jackson
  • Length: 8 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 406
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 362
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 364

In the debut to Heather Killough-Walden's Big Bad Wolf series, Lily St. Claire is in for a surprise when she moves back to her Louisiana hometown and finds two alpha werewolves fighting to claim her as their mate. Contains mature themes.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Lots of Heat, Very Little Fire

  • By Robbie on 09-24-12

Didn’t like Lily

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

Reviewed: 12-07-17

The book wasn’t bad, but the longer I listened, the less I liked Lily. She’s just too perfect, perfectly nice, perfectly beautiful, perfectly kind and, well, everyone (!) thinks so (I think there were even 2 characters that thought the exact same thing about her, don’t remember what it was, but something along the lines of “she’s the nicest person I’ve ever met”). That’s a Mary Sue right there. Not my type of female lead.

The romance is... meh. It’s a lot more show than tell, imo. And we’re supposed to emphasize with the villain, but he does want to force her to be his just so he feels better; the hero also forces his mark on her without explaining- apparently there’s no time, but hey, you could’ve taken at least 5 minutes to explain the basics, like the serious drawbacks of being freshly marked. Or his sister could have, she did have time.

All in all, it wasn’t for me and I didn’t even finish it. But (!) if you like the possessive male lead archetype and you like the female not having much of a say (in the end she does have a say, she does not get forced! But if she didn’t want to be with him, her choices wouldn’t exactly be great), then you might very well like this book.

The narration was fine, but maybe try to get someone from Louisiana to read a book set in Louisiana next time. He just didn’t get the accent right (which is difficult, let’s be honest here). It might not have been so distracting if the characters with a southern accent had only been minor characters, but since almost everyone is from there, it was a bit jarring. Wouldn’t mind listening to his narration again though, if the setting was right (British).