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  • Defenseless

  • Somerton Security, Book 1
  • By: Elizabeth Dyer
  • Narrated by: Aiden Snow
  • Length: 10 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 175
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 159
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 158

When ex-marine Georgia Bennett left the military for high-end private security, it was supposed to soften her snarky attitude. Instead, her short fuse just earned her a punishment of an assignment: protect smart-ass tech genius and Department of Defense contractor Parker Livingston. It should have been easy - only no one warned Georgia that Parker was one seriously drop-dead-gorgeous geek.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not Defenseless!

  • By Jan M on 02-28-18

Perfect trifecta of action, suspense, & romance

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

Reviewed: 05-19-19

12/12/17 ~ Not a huge fan of “insta-love”, but I liked the banter between the two main characters and enjoyed the inclusion of a strong female lead. Looking forward to the continuation of the series.

Update 3/24/19 ~ I’m actually bumping this from a 4 to a 5. It’s not all that often that I find myself enjoying a story even more after repeated reading & listening (I tend to pick it apart more), but I think there’s so many layers to this that I’ve found little tidbits I missed the first time around.

While this is insta-love (my pet peeve), Georgia & Parker spend so much time getting to know each other that it feels like a lengthy relationship packed into mere days. And not just the sex. They talk & talk & talk ~ but in a meaningful way, not just an info-dump.

My singular complaint is that Parker has the nickname “peanut” because he’s allergic to peanuts (which caused a major reaction on an Op) ~ but in the epilogue he’s sharing Reese’s Pieces with Georgia. Ummmm, nope those are peanut based. 😕

I also originally read this via KU, but the purchase + adding the audiobook was such a great deal ~ I decided to go for it. Aiden Snow’s narration is spot on (and I usually prefer dual narrators when a book is dual POV). It brings it up another level.

  • Into the Night

  • The Troubleshooters, Book 5
  • By: Suzanne Brockmann
  • Narrated by: Patrick Lawlor, Melanie Ewbank
  • Length: 18 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 169
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 157
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 157

It was supposed to be a dog and pony show, an elaborate demonstration of SEAL rescue techniques to celebrate a presidential visit to a California naval base. Professional, no-nonsense White House stafferJoan DaCosta arrives early to scope out the area. Assigned to be her SEALliaison is Lieutenant Junior Grade Mike Muldoon, a born leader - strong, decisive, tough, and fearless. Against her better judgment, Joan finds herself drawn to the handsome young officer. While tension mounts between them, fueling their growing attraction, a sinister danger is lurking....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Threads of Story Connecting Subsequent Books

  • By M. Shea on 06-28-17

The book you need in order to enjoy Gone Too Far

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

Reviewed: 05-18-19

The story is really 3.5 stars. If you’re wanting a lot of Joan & Mike or a lot of action, this book is lacking. The secondary & tertiary storylines heavily outweigh the main characters. (and are more intriguing). But to really enjoy the next book in the series (Gone Too Far), you need the extensive foundation this one provides.

Joan, after Meg (The Defiant Hero) is my least favorite “heroine” in the Troubleshooters series. Mostly for being whiney & taking too long to get her head straight over minimal things. MaryLou, at 22, shows more growth and emotional maturity as the book progresses than Joan does. Brockmann’s ability to consistently give us strong, even if flawed, heroines in most of her books makes Joan (and Meg) a disappointment. Fortunately, we don’t see such characters again after this book.

I’m also not a fan of “insta-love” though Brockmann pulls it off well in other books by giving us a LOT of conversation to get to know and love our couple. Because Mike & Joan got so little “screen time” and what time they did have was spent with Joan stuck on her “issues” ~ I just didn’t feel it.

Patrick Lawlor is *fantastic* as always. Melanie Ewbank was good here, but something about her pacing was sort of off. She’s phenomenal in 90% of the books I’ve listened to with her as the narrator. Though, she did a great job with all the voices/accents, her range is great.

  • Buck Wild

  • Bennett Boys Ranch, Book 1
  • By: Lauren Landish
  • Narrated by: Aiden Snow, Melissa Moran
  • Length: 8 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 196
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 167
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 167

Bull rider James Bennett lives for those eight seconds of exhilaration. A rodeo cowboy in his prime, all he wants out of life is something to straddle. That’s why James is feeling a little restless, spending his summer off working his family’s ranch. That is, until a spirited and gorgeous veterinarian-in-training shows up and puts the cocky wild boy - and his ego - in place. Though she’s a feisty one, James is always up for a challenge. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sweet Southern Charmer!!

  • By Captivated Listener!! on 03-07-19

Just OK

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

Reviewed: 05-06-19

3 stars. Borrowed via KU.

This was just OK. James & Sophie meet while she’s interning with a local vet. James is home on the ranch for the Summer. They decide to have a Summer fling knowing they each have plans elsewhere in the Fall ~ James returning to Rodeo and Sophie to Vet school.

This becomes a slow burn romance with lots of sex. I think that’s where the problem lies. Most of the MC’s conversations revolve around sex and I didn’t feel a lot of real connection between them for the first 75% of the book.

Frankly, I think this might have been a DNF for me if it hadn’t been for the narrators. Aiden Snow is, as always, solid. Melissa Moran was new to me, but her sweet voice felt perfect for Sophie ~ giving her youth but not immaturity.

The end did come around and make it overall enjoyable and I am actually looking forward to Mark’s story. (Luke’s hasn’t released yet as of this writing)

I’m glad I didn’t spend a credit on this because it isn’t the quality of story that would have me listening more than once.

  • War Shadows

  • Tier One, Book 2
  • By: Brian Andrews, Jeffrey Wilson
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 11 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,282
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,968
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,952

John Dempsey, former Navy SEAL and Tier One operator, is back. Only a few months into his new life as an operative for Ember, the United States' most covert counterterrorism entity, he must stop an old nemesis who's resurfaced after ten years of operating in the shadows. From the deserts of Iraq, through the jungles of Guatemala, to the streets of suburbia, Dempsey and his Ember team race against time to stop a series of horrific and devious attacks against the homeland.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 4.5 Stars Action Packed Book A Bargain @$8.08

  • By Lia on 11-03-17

Excellent 2nd Book

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

Reviewed: 05-02-19

Excellent second book in a trilogy ~ doesn’t suffer from the ho-hum many middle books do. While it is part of an overall story arc, there’s still a complete and enjoyable story/Op here. As with Tier One ~ I borrowed from Kindle Unlimited and listened to the book via its Audible companion. The narration was impeccable. Each character had a clearly defined “voice” and was expertly portrayed even with numerous accents, genders, & personalities. This book provides even fewer (almost none) explanations for military acronyms, ranks, spec-ops directives, etc than Tier One did. A newbie to this genre might be overwhelmed, or at least need Google nearby to help translate.

Anticipating and immediately moving on to the final installment.

Update: I’ve enjoyed the series so much I opted to purchase the Audiobooks and have listened to them multiple times.

  • Tier One

  • By: Brian Andrews, Jeffrey Wilson
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 11 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,631
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,068
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,047

John Dempsey's life - as an elite Tier One Navy SEAL named Jack Kemper - is over. A devastating terrorist action catapults him from a world of moral certainty and decisive orders into the shadowy realm of espionage, where ambiguity is the only rule. His new mission: hunt down those responsible for the greatest tragedy in the history of the US Special Ops and bring them to justice.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This One's a Keeper!!!

  • By shelley on 09-11-16

Definitely worth every penny. Series is an auto buy for me!

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

Reviewed: 05-02-19

I’m a big fan of military/SpecOps books and this didn’t disappoint. I borrowed from Kindle Unlimited and listened to the book via its Audible companion. The narration was impeccable. Each character had a clearly defined “voice” and was expertly portrayed even with numerous accents, genders, & personalities. Reminiscent of the complexities in The Bourne Identity ~ the world-building was thorough without being tedious, the characters were relatable (even if hated), and the plot-twists create the perfect suspense while still believable. I will say that this novel doesn’t belabor long explanations (sometimes no definitions are provided) for military acronyms, ranks, spec-ops directives, etc. I’ve read a considerable amount of military books, both fiction & non, so this wasn’t an issue for me. I don’t think it would detract ~ but a newbie to this genre might be overwhelmed, or at least need Google nearby to help translate.

Definitely looking forward to the next installment.

Update: After listening to the Tier One Trilogy via KU ~ I enjoyed them so much that I purchased them via Audible. I’ve listened to them repeatedly and they continue to hold my attention.

  • For Real

  • By: Alexis Hall
  • Narrated by: Paul Berton, John Hartley
  • Length: 12 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 281
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 271
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 270

Laurence Dalziel is worn down and washed up, and for him, the BDSM scene is all played out. Six years on from his last relationship, he's pushing 40 and tired of going through the motions of submission. Then he meets Toby Finch. Nineteen years old. Fearless, fierce, and vulnerable. Everything Laurie can't remember being. Toby doesn't know who he wants to be or what he wants to do. But he knows, with all the certainty of youth, that he wants Laurie. He wants him on his knees.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Just picture me screaming into the abyss forever

  • By R_K_87 on 04-14-16

Wonderful

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

Reviewed: 04-24-19

May/December M/M BDSM romance. I found the characters to be so REAL. There was angst, but not this whiney back & forth contrived angst. Laurie (37) and Toby (19) are navigating their own lives as well as this new relationship. It’s hard to describe the awesomeness without spoilers, but I found myself so invested in their HEA.

2019 Update: I read this a few years ago and absolutely loved it. So when I saw that Audible had the audiobook for $1.99 since I owned the ebook ~ I grabbed it. I love the dual narrators. Both do a phenomenal job and I can’t believe that they were able to make me love this book even more.

  • The Shameless Hour

  • By: Sarina Bowen
  • Narrated by: Saskia Maarleveld, Nick Podehl
  • Length: 10 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 139
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 131
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 131

For Bella, the sweet-talking, free-loving, hip-checking student manager of the Harkness men's hockey team, sex is a second language. She's used to being fluent where others stutter, and the things people say behind her back don't (often) bother her. So she can't understand why her smoking-hot downstairs neighbor has so much trouble staying friends after their spontaneous night together. She knows better than to worry about it, but there's something in those espresso eyes that makes her second-guess herself.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Dios!

  • By Misty on 05-08-17

Not the best, but still good...

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

Reviewed: 04-20-19

This is probably my least favorite of the series, but it’s still pretty good. It’s slow at first, but there’s a lot to the story (maybe too much?). Bowen tackles some tough topics with a significant amount of authenticity.

My biggest problem is continuity issues with the recording. Saskia Maarleveld can’t seem to decide on a pronunciation for Rafe. Even in the same chapter she’ll alternate between “Ray-fe” (think UK pronunciation of Ralph) and “Rah-fay”. The second being the “correct” if going by the logical shortening of Raphael. Also, she pronounces Rikker as “Rye-ker” instead of “Rick-er” ~ which is incorrect based on previous book, the spelling, & Podehl’s pronunciation. It’s very distracting.

While I like Nick Podehl, it would have been really nice if they’d found a Latin narrator for Rafe. It felt cartoonish at times instead of authentic.

  • The Electricity Fairy

  • Inventions: Untold Stories of the Beautiful Era Collection
  • By: Alex Mar
  • Narrated by: Amy McFadden
  • Length: 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 78
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 60
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 60

The inspiring true story of Loïe Fuller, a radical 19th-century art nouveau icon who turned artificial light into performance art and became the incandescent inventor of modern dance, is revealed in this transportive and hypnotic historical narrative. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A short listen and an interesting story

  • By kevinf on 05-21-19

Delightful & informative short

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

Reviewed: 04-04-19

This is free to read/listen with Amazon Prime. I’m a fan of Amy McFadden and she’s a great choice to narrate this delightful story showcasing the intersection of science & entertainment in the early 1900’s.

Obviously, at a mere hour, this isn’t a comprehensive biography, but a glimpse into part of the life of Loïe Fuller. For the length, it was well done.

  • Envy

  • An Eagle Elite Novella
  • By: Rachel Van Dyken
  • Narrated by: Scarlet Chase, David Brenin
  • Length: 4 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21

Every family has rules, the mafia just has more. Do not speak to the bosses unless spoken to. Do not make eye contact unless you want to die. And above all else, do not fall in love. Renee Cassani's future is set. Her betrothal is set. Her life, after nannying for the five families for the summer, is set. Somebody should have told Vic Colezan that. He's a man who doesn't take no for an answer. And he only wants one thing. Her. Somebody should have told Renee that her bodyguard needed as much discipline as the kids she was nannying. Good thing Vic has a firm hand.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Scarlet Chase is miscast here...

  • By R. Miller on 04-03-19

Scarlet Chase is miscast here...

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

Reviewed: 04-03-19

I'm a fan of Eagle Elite and I enjoyed this novella. However, I'm disappointed that Scarlet Chase was cast AGAIN. I love her as a narrator (Blacktop Cowboys series is phenomenal), but she definitely has a "mature" voice which doesn't fit with the 19-24yo characters she keeps narrating. Additionally, one of the things that I've loved about this series is that each character has his/her own voice throughout the series because the narrators changed depending on the POV. However, Scarlet Chase has been the female lead for Enrage, Eulogy, & Envy and David Benin has been the lead in Eulogy & Envy as well as narrating a DIFFERENT character in Enrage.

I'll keep pre-ordering the e-books, but I'm losing faith in the audiobooks.

  • Eulogy

  • Eagle Elite Series, Book 9
  • By: Rachel Van Dyken
  • Narrated by: Rob Shapiro, Scarlet Chase, David Brenin, and others
  • Length: 9 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 28
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 27

All is lost. All. I don't recognize myself in the mirror anymore. My thoughts are filled with hatred and dripping with rage. I've lost my soul. She took it to the depths of hell with her and haunts me with images of what could have been. Sixty lives are mine to take. Sixty lives stand in the way of my vengeance. Sixty lives, plus one more. Mine. When the last drop of blood falls - mine will be spilled.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Consistency suffers in this recording

  • By R. Miller on 04-03-19

Consistency suffers in this recording

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

Reviewed: 04-03-19

First ~ I love Rachel Van Dyken's books and I adore this series in particular. When I first read this as an ebook, it definitely ranked as one of my favorites. Then, I bought the audiobook and I am incredibly disappointed.

One of my favorite things about the recordings for this series is that each character has his/her own narrator. Pretty much throughout the books. Until now. These narrators were in the last book (Enrage) but playing different characters. Which kills the cohesion achieved up to this point. Most of the chapters are told from Chase (David Brenin) or Luciana's (Scarlett Chase) POV. But there are chapters by Nixon, Phoenix, Tex, Andrei & Trace. Nixon, Phoenix, & Andrei are still narrated by David Brenin but Tex is narrated by Rob Shapiro and Trace is narrated by Kit Swann.

I'm especially disappointed that Scarlet Chase was cast again. I love her as a narrator (Blacktop Cowboys series is phenomenal), but she definitely has a "mature" voice which doesn't fit with the 19-24yo characters she keeps narrating.

At the beginning of each chapter is a little "blurb" that's a quote from "Agent P". I really wish they'd chosen a narrator just for these quotes. Even having read & listened to the book several times, it's kind of confusing to know who is talking because it changes depending on who is narrating that particular chapter. (See above about narrator roulette).

Probably the most distracting thing about the recording is that Scarlet Chase pronounces Luciana as "loo-chee-ah-na" and her nickname "Luc" as "Luke". The book specifically describes "Luc" to be pronounced "Luke". While David Brenin pronounces Luciana as "loo-cee-ah-na" and the nickname as "loose". Considering Luciana/Luc appears in the book over 150 times ~ this is a HUGE oversight and incredibly annoying.

Definitely buy the book, but I'd encourage you to pass on adding the audiobook to your library.