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  • Heart of the Steal

  • By: Roan Parrish, Avon Gale
  • Narrated by: Iggy Toma, Kirt Graves
  • Length: 8 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21

Responsible, disciplined William Fox channeled his love for art and his faith in the rules into being an FBI Art Crimes agent. Right and wrong, justice and injustice - the differences are clear, and Will has spent his career drawing a line between them. Maybe his convictions have cost him relationships, but he’s not willing to compromise what he knows is right. Until the night he meets Amory Vaughn. As the head of his family’s philanthropic foundation, Vaughn knows very well that being rich and powerful can get him almost anything he wants. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Never thought I'd say this

  • By AAHickman on 10-17-18

Never thought I'd say this

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

Reviewed: 10-17-18

But Iggy Toma was the weaker narrator for me on this. Kirt Graves kept Amory's accent consistently, and did it better. Sadly the more emotional chapters were done by Toma. It was still good, but this didn't need two narrators (something else I never thought I'd say) and I would have given it five stars if Graves had been the sole narrator. I will be looking for more of Graves' work.

  • Mark Cooper Versus America

  • Prescott College, Book 1
  • By: Lisa Henry, J. A. Rock
  • Narrated by: Joel Leslie
  • Length: 9 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 93
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 91
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 91

Mark Cooper is angry, homesick, and about to take his stepdad's dubious advice and rush Prescott College's biggest party fraternity, Alpha Delta Phi. Greek life is as foreign to Aussie transplant Mark as Pennsylvania's snowstorms and bear sightings. Studious Deacon Holt is disappointed to learn Mark's pledging Alpha Delt, his fraternity Phi Sigma Kappa's sworn enemy. Mark is too beautiful for Deacon to pass up an invitation for sex, but beyond sex, Deacon's not sure. He wants a relationship, but a difficult family situation prevents him from pursuing anything beyond his studies.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Laugh out loud

  • By Reeverse on 02-17-18

Read it and then listen!

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

Reviewed: 10-09-18

I've loved this book from the start, Mark is an adorable "angry bunny" and Deacon is exactly what he needs. Like so many of Rock's and Henry's collaborations this manages to be all the things, sweet as honey, funny as Hell, and hot AF. I will be re-reading or re-listening to this for all time.

Audio: Amazing. I don't always love Leslie's narrations but he was absolutely spot on with this one. His voice for Mark was fantastic and he managed to make a somewhat large cast of secondary characters distinct. Well done.

  • Alpha

  • Tamed & Trained Series, Book 2
  • By: R. Phoenix, M.A. Innes
  • Narrated by: JJ Jenness
  • Length: 4 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 23
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 22
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 22

Zain was just a dog walker. It was an unconventional job for a werewolf, even a brand new one, but he liked dogs and they liked him. It only seemed to make sense... right up until the point a vampire called him in to take care of his human pup. When his life collided with Liam and Caleb's, none of them were prepared for the directions it could take. Especially Zain. But between the sexy pup and the vampire's creativity, the power struggles pitting dominance against submission - and acceptance - the two might be too intriguing to just walk away from.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting & Unexpected

  • By Michelle on 10-19-18

It was okay

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

Reviewed: 09-21-18

2.5 stars. I was given the audio without expectation of a review.

The story was okay, although more editing is needed. I like how they became three, and how Zain smooths everything out between Caleb and Liam.

The audio. Well ... the narrator cannot and should not try to do accents. His voice for Liam made me think of Schwarzenegger in the early 80s films he's done, it was bad. He did well with other voices, but, as I never read this I don't know if the sentences are often that short or if it was just his delivery.

Overall, I'd suggest getting the book through KU.

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  • Into the Drowning Deep

  • By: Mira Grant
  • Narrated by: Christine Lakin
  • Length: 17 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 542
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 512
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 507

Seven years ago the Atargatis set off on a voyage to the Mariana Trench to film a mockumentary bringing to life ancient sea creatures of legend. It was lost at sea with all hands. Some have called it a hoax; others have called it a tragedy. Now a new crew has been assembled. But this time they're not out to entertain. Some seek to validate their life's work. Some seek the greatest hunt of all. Some seek the truth. But for the ambitious young scientist Victoria Stewart, this is a voyage to uncover the fate of the sister she lost.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another Excellent book by Mira Grant

  • By SharonNM on 04-13-18

Good suspense/horror

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

Reviewed: 08-21-18

Properly horrifying, but I found the ending a little lacking. I have to admit it is probably appropriate however. Great take on a more likely "reality" of mermaids/sirens. Also managed to make a lot of great points about what mankind has done and is doing to the world without being heavy handed.

Narrator: I don't love the narrator, but she does a decent job with most of the accents. I found the men, unless they spoke with accents, pretty one note, and some of the women a little high pitched for comfort. But overall, it is a good listen.

  • The Verdict

  • By: Nick Stone
  • Narrated by: David Thorpe
  • Length: 21 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,498
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,020
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,997

Terry Flynt is a struggling legal clerk desperately trying to get promoted when he is given the biggest opportunity of his career: to help defend a millionaire accused of murdering a woman in his hotel suite. The only problem is that the accused man, Vernon James, is not only someone he knows but someone he loathes. This case could potentially make Terry's career, but how can he defend a former friend who betrayed him?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of THE best audiobooks ever!

  • By Sarah on 05-22-16

Great narrator

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

Reviewed: 08-10-18

Story, 3.5 stars. Narration, 4.5 stars.

This was a decent mystery and it was great at keeping the tension alive, but there was almost no one that was a decent human being in the entire story which made it hard to care very much. And while it was somewhat understandable why people were who they were it still didn't make me invest in them. Terry was decent until the end when we find out definitively that what he hated Vernon for, for twenty years, wasn't actually Vernon's fault at all. That would have been fine except I never really got the feeling that Terry accepted his part in the problem or admitted it. I had some problems with the way BDSM was portrayed even though it fit in the context of the story. The women could have been a little more fleshed out, they often seemed one-dimensional or evil for the sake of it. I did like the terminally ill lawyer, but she was terminally ill so ...

The narration was great, the voices were distinct, accents were good, and the story was well acted.

Overall, worth the listen, but could definitely use some polishing.

  • Once Upon a Haunted Moor

  • The Tyack & Frayne Mysteries, Book 1
  • By: Harper Fox
  • Narrated by: Tim Gilbert
  • Length: 2 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 819
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 753
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 757

Gideon Frayne has spent his whole working life as a policeman in the village of Dark on Bodmin Moor. His first missing-child case is eating him alive. When his own boss sends in a psychic to help with the case, he's gutted - he's a level-headed copper who doesn't believe in such things, and he can't help but think that the arrival of clairvoyant Lee Tyack is a comment on his failure to find the little girl. But Lee is hard to hate, no matter how Gideon tries. At first Lee's insights into the case make no sense, but he seems to have a window straight into Gideon's heart.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent start, terrific narration

  • By Annika on 01-26-18

Worth the listen

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

Reviewed: 08-10-18

4.5 stars rounded up for both the story and the narrator.

I read this a few years ago and felt middling about it, but I enjoyed it a lot more this time. I'm not sure if that's down to the audio or if I just am in a different mood now. I remember not getting the whole moor monster thing, and feeling like it was too big a part of the story, but this time it worked for me. I liked that the town knows exactly who Gideon is and, as happens in small towns at times, accepts him as he is. It's nice to see that reflected because it isn't often shown. This is very much an introduction story and things do happen a little quickly, but it is a good beginning to a great series.

The narrator is very good, but I don't love his voice for Gideon, it is a little old sounding to me. He does great with the accents and the story overall, but it is a little disconcerting to feel like the main MC's voice doesn't quite fit. Still, I'm glad I listened to it, and I will continue with the series.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Hold Me

  • Cyclone, Volume 2
  • By: Courtney Milan
  • Narrated by: Xe Sands, Sean Crisden
  • Length: 8 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 35
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 34
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34

Jay na Thalang is a demanding, driven genius. He doesn't know how to stop or even slow down. The instant he lays eyes on Maria Lopez, he knows that she is a sexy distraction he can't afford. He's done his best to keep her at arm's length, and he's succeeded beyond his wildest dreams. Maria has always been cautious. Now that her once-tiny, apocalypse-centered blog is hitting the mainstream, she's even more careful about preserving her online anonymity. She hasn't sent so much as a picture to the commenter she's interacted with for 18 months.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Witty and heartwarming

  • By Amazon Customer on 07-18-18

I'd suggest reading, not listening to this one

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

Reviewed: 08-01-18

Five starts for the story, three stars for the audio, basically four for Sands/one for Crisden, averaged to four.

This book is amazing, and soooo complicated. I read it a couple of years ago, but only remembered the larger picture, not the details. This time I listened to it, both a good and a not so good thing.

My favorite thing about the book is that Maria being transgender is not the point, it's not the cause of conflict (or, more accurately, it's not an obvious source of conflict although her experience with her parents definitely causes her emotional problems that do cause conflict), and thank you so much, Courtney Milan, for not making it anything Jay took even a second to consider. All of that is so unusual in books with transgender MCs that it stood out a great deal. There are so many social issues that are dealt with in this book, so much about intersectionality of social issues, but it is all handled so well that it never felt like I was being hammered over the head, something few authors achieve. I feel like I could spend paragraphs and hours talking about everything that is covered in this story, it's almost overwhelming. I'll leave it at, if you want to read a book that respects the Hell out of people that are marginalized in any way, this is the book.

I loved Maria, I loved how much she believed in herself in most things, how much she gave to those that she loved (although, sadly, to her own detriment at times), and how she didn't compromise her intelligence for other's comfort. At the same time she made me so frustrated at times, I perfectly understand why she reacted the way she did to emotional ties, but I still wanted to shake her. Jay was also a wonderful character, even though he started out as a bit of an ass, he never excused himself and always tried to do better at the things he failed at. I loved that he wasn't emotionally constipated for most of the book, it took him a while, but once he admitted his love for Maria he was all in, yet he respected her limits and didn't push for more than she could give.

As for the audio, I almost stopped listening in the beginning because neither narrator was working for me. I think this would have been better if they'd just chosen a single narrator and stuck with that, preferably Xe Sands because Sean Crisden was very nearly awful at all times. I eventually adjusted to Ms. Sands's narration, but Crisden sounded like the worst sort of caricature of both characters, his pronunciation was often bizarre, and his presentation just came across oddly. Every time the narrators switched I was thrown out of the story because their characterization was nothing alike and I'd have to adjust again. Plus, it just made the book too long, by the end I was really ready to be done listening.

  • Training Season

  • By: Leta Blake
  • Narrated by: Michael Ferraiuolo
  • Length: 12 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 173
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 161
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 162

Unquestionably talented figure skater Matty Marcus is willing to sacrifice everything for his Olympic dream, but his lack of discipline cost him the gold once before. Now the pressure's on. He needs a coach who can keep him in line, but top coaches don't come cheap, and Matty can't afford to stay in the game no matter how badly he wants to win. When a lucrative house-sitting gig brings him to rural Montana, Matty does his best to maintain his training regimen.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • You'll find a wonderful love story here!

  • By Carra at Making it Happen blog on 07-26-17

A great narrator always improves on the story

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

Reviewed: 07-30-18

3.5 stars rounded up.
This proves that a great narrator can make an okay book more than that. Michael Ferraiuolo made me love everyone in this story, the quality of his voices, the great job with accents (at least to this US ear), and his ability to portray emotions made me keep listening even when the story was not the greatest. There are lots of things that made me uncomfortable even if the overall story was very sweet and made me root for Matty and Rob.
I always enjoy Ferraiuolo's narration, I wish he narrated more books I love.

  • According to Hoyle

  • By: Abigail Roux
  • Narrated by: Mason Lloyd
  • Length: 7 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 83
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 79
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 78

US Marshals Eli Flynn and William Henry Washington - longtime friends and colleagues - are escorting two prisoners to New Orleans for trial when they discover there's more than outlawry to the infamous shootist Dusty Rose and the enigmatic man known as Cage. As the two prisoners form an unlikely partnership, the marshals can't help but look closer at their own. When forces beyond the marshals' control converge on the paddle wheeler they've hired to take them downriver, they must choose between two dangers.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of her finest creations to date!

  • By Amazon Customer on 08-24-16

Tastes change

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

Reviewed: 07-16-18

Probably more like 2.5 stars.

This is a case of an author whose writing I liked at one time and no longer do. Her characters always come across like they are boys in their early teens regardless of their age in the books. I wanted to scream with all the "shut ups" peppered throughout. There are a number of editing issues as well, for example you can't just flip the speaking styles of characters, either they talk like someone without an education or they don't, it can't go back and forth. I'm really not sure why I bothered finishing this because I spent the majority of my listening time irritated.

Audio: The narrator has a great voice and did okay with distinguishing different characters. However, one of the characters is continually referred to as English and he couldn't do an accent to save his life. That would have been okay if it wasn't one of the main characters but as it is it was not.

  • Daddy Issues

  • Members Only, Book 2
  • By: Dion Demetri
  • Narrated by: Steve Carlson
  • Length: 2 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 23
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 22
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 21

With a history of molestation and abuse, Sage turned 18 living on borrowed time. After his mother had died the year before, Stan, his stepfather, had been disgustingly clear on the type of repayment that was expected as soon as Sage was of legal age. Sage would do almost anything to avoid becoming his stepfather's whore. At 34, Stefan was also alone. Quiet and serious, he was definitely an atypical biker with a heart of gold. What no one knew, not even Stefan himself, was how far he would go to protect an innocent that he had never met.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • AVOID

  • By AAHickman on 07-09-18

AVOID

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

Reviewed: 07-09-18

Stopped later than I should have. This was horrible. I'd say laughably bad but it is about abuse so I can't find anything to laugh about. I wasn't expecting much, but it was so much worse.
The narrator is awful, he sounds like an overweight smoker after going up the stairs most of the time. His "young" voice is creepy AF on top of it.
So glad I didn't buy this.