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  • Zach

  • Hell's Handlers MC, Book 1
  • By: Lilly Atlas
  • Narrated by: Noah Michael Levine, Erin DeWard
  • Length: 8 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 311
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 285
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 285

 

Toni’s no stranger to making mistakes. She has experienced firsthand how walking down the wrong path can send life spiraling out of control. Fortunately, she had someone to drag her from the gutter and help set her on the right track. As penance for the poor choices of her past, she pledges to suppress her baser desires and focus on finding a steady, dependable man, even if that means embracing a boring lifestyle.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • great steamy read

  • By Amazon Customer on 08-02-18

Duet narration has spoiled me!

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

Reviewed: 09-01-18

I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Lilly Atlas. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

I have found a new favorite author & a new favorite style of audiobook! If you've never tried a duet narration, then you have been missing out. I thoroughly enjoyed both of these narrators. They put so much emotion into their words. It didn't feel like they were just reading a story; it felt like they were living it.

Listening to Zach put me in such a MC romance mood that I immediately downloaded as many of Lilly Atlas's books as I had Audible credits for. I still have a couple that I need to get but I can already predict another marathon of these books in my near future. Lilly Atlas's men are pure alpha and raw male. They are so protective and have such dirty mouths. I love it. And her women are strong yet sweet and make the perfect match for these brawny bikers.

I found Toni's story really enthralling. The idea of growing up in such a prejudice and strict household fascinated me for some reason. Her parents were so close-minded and bigoted, especially towards bikers, it was astounding. You would think that living next door to a biker and his future-biker son would have helped them open their minds, but no.

The chemistry between Zach and Toni was crazy palpable, but she has demons of her own that keep her guarded and prevent her from trusting anyone, especially bikers. She's not prejudice like her parents but she has been tragically hurt in her past by "biker type" people and instead of dealing with her feelings, she buried them. Being with Zach lays her bare and makes her confront her past. It's both heartbreaking and sweet.

Zach satisfied every hope I had for a MC romance. If you enjoy these types of books then you MUST dive into BOTH of Lilly Atlas's MC worlds. I promise you won't regret it!

  • Tracing Shadows

  • Scout, Book 1
  • By: Alex Lidell
  • Narrated by: Hayden Daviau
  • Length: 6 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29

Orphaned and trained on a spymaster’s remote estate, Kali is a scout who works alone in the shadows. But when a terror group threatens the Dansil throne, the king forces Kali to accept a mission at the palace or forfeit her sister’s life. Suddenly thrust into the light, Kali must infiltrate high society as the royal Lady Lianna while penetrating the servant ranks as Kal, a male guardsman trainee. It doesn’t help that Trace, the harsh and enigmatic captain of the king’s guard, is soon assigned as both Lady Lianna’s palace escort and Kal’s commanding officer. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A entertaining story.

  • By cosmitron on 06-30-18

Alex Lidell is at the top of my "Must Read" list!

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

Reviewed: 08-06-18

I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Alex Lidell. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

I absolutely LOVED The Power of Five by Alex Lidell, so when I saw the opportunity to review another book by her, I jumped at the chance. I'm so glad I did. Alex Lidell has been firmly placed on my "Must Read Everything Written by This Author" list. I had moderately high expectations for this book and it did not disappoint.

Kali was amazing. That girl can keep her stuff together like nobody's business. I expected her to get confused and accidentally show up to her Kal training sessions dressed like Lady Lianna like Robin Williams did in Mrs. Doubtfire, but nope. Never happens. Sorry for the mild spoiler.

I did have a little bit of trouble in the beginning keeping track of the religious fanatics vs. the "good guys" but once I just let go & listened to the story, it all made sense. The religious fanatics were alarming and I found myself rolling my eyes many times while listening to their parts. Maybe it's because I've been marathoning crime/cult shows on A&E this summer, but I saw through their insane ramblings from the beginning.

The action was awesome and plentiful. I enjoyed the secondary characters, Luca and Leif. Trace definitely had my attention anytime he was mentioned. I knew there was a back story to his character but when it finally came to light, I was mildly surprised but had started to suspect it went down that road.

The narrator was really good too. She enunciated very well and did a great job of creating different voices for the characters. When I first started listening to audiobooks, I didn't realize just how important the narrator was, but I do now. I've started to keep a list of narrators that I like, and Hayden Daviau is definitely being added to the list.

In short, Tracing Shadows was amazing, I need book 2, like, yesterday, Trace is on my radar like whoa, and I'm off to read everything Alex Lidell has ever published. But for real, I need book 2. I need it. I need it! I NEED IT!

  • Uncanny Valley

  • By: C.A. Gray
  • Narrated by: Melissa Williams
  • Length: 8 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 11

Rebecca Cordeaux knows exactly what her future will hold: she will marry Andy, her crush of the last five years. Once Andy is ready to settle down, she's sure he will discover that she is his soulmate. After several small parts on stage, Rebecca knows she can become a renowned actress. Her writing also shows promise as a future author. Robots perform most human jobs that can be automated, leaving many free to pursue their personal creative interests.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic

  • By Paul on 03-31-19

This was the most science-y sci-fi novel I've ever

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

Reviewed: 08-06-18

This was the most science-y sci-fi novel I've ever listened to or read. I thought I was getting a fast-paced action about robots and a government conspiracy theory...which I did. But oh the science. When it comes to science, I'm a lot like Penny from The Big Bang Theory.

There were a few parts of the book where the author just dumps a lot of scientific terminology and theories on you. I had a hard time keeping up. I got to the point where I just listened and trusted the author to explain whatever part I was listening to in simpler terms later on in the novel.

Science aside, the plot did keep my attention enough for me to finish the book. The beginning was a little slow, but about 25% in, the plot picked up. I kind of zoned out when Becca would obsess over Andy. She had this extremely wealthy, good looking, smart guy who is interested in here right in front of her face and yet she insists on mooning over a skinny college student who doesn't really show any interest in her life at all. It was frustrating.

The narrator did well too. She didn't do as many different voices to differentiate between the characters, and there were a couple (maybe 2 or 3 in a 7+ hour book) of times where I had to rewind 30 seconds to listen to the part again to figure out who was talking, but usually when that happened, I wasn't giving the book 100% of my attention. So take that as you will. The narrator didn't put me off or make me not want to listen to the book. Her voice was smooth and easy to listen to. Sometimes when listening to an audiobook, I can hear the narrator swallow or make a random mouth noise, but that wasn't the case with this narrator. She also enunciated words well and didn't rush.

I must give credit to the author. There was a part of the story that I did not see coming and it definitely made me write down book 2 on my Books to Watch Out For list. The ending was a bit abrupt and I was left with several questions. Another reason book 2 is on that list. I kind of saw the cliffhanger coming but it definitely was a good addition to the story, in my opinion. There was zero romance in this book. Yes there were obvious hints that Liam was interested in Becca, but otherwise, nada. It was kind of refreshing actually. If you enjoy movies like Eagle Eye and iRobot, then I recommend you give Uncanny Valley a go.

  • Girl Vs

  • Sinister Skies
  • By: Xela Culletto
  • Narrated by: Tonia Blake
  • Length: 7 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18

Before the Vela invasion, Rhyan's biggest concern was getting through a day of school. But when she is thrust into the madness of a kill-or-be-killed world, her true strength emerges and a deadly warrior is unleashed. Stumbling through the new morals of a post-apocalyptic world, she learns to depend only on herself. As she gets closer to discovering what the aliens actually want, her lethality becomes unmatched, and she soon learns the extent she'll go to in order to survive.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Girl Vs

  • By JEYCEE on 07-12-18

Fierce heroine who slays aliens? Yes please!

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

Reviewed: 07-24-18

I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Xela Culletto. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

Three cheers for another strong female main character! I will be adding this book to the my list of books to have my daughter read. Rhyan's world was completely turned upside down and instead of curling up in a ball, she rises up and survives by any means necessary. She's powerful. She's strong. She's capable. She's lethal. One of my favorite parts of the whole story was the fight scenes. They were well written and easy to imagine in my mind. Plus, Rhyan is just so fierce. I was rooting for her every time she fought.

My heart really went out to her though. All she wants to do is slay aliens but of course there are casualties. The guilt of not being able to save everyone weighs on her heavily. It also doesn't help that one of the girls who was in her original "survivors group" blames her fore everything and won't let her forget it. Rhyan carries the weight of the remaining world on her shoulders and I just wanted to give her a hug.

The narrator was very good. Her enunciation was amazing and performed different voices for each of the characters so it was easy to keep track of who was who. She did a fantastic job of expressing each of the different emotions Rhyan was feeling. I would definitely search out more books read by her. I will also be keeping an eye out for book 2 in this series. I need to know what happens next!

  • Fury's Kiss

  • New England Furies, Book 1
  • By: Nicola R. White
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Tebb
  • Length: 9 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14

Tara Walker dreams of more excitement than slinging plates of seafood for Cape Cod tourists, but as she learns when she is attacked and forced to fight for her life, fate sometimes has a funny way of giving you exactly what you wish for. Faced with strange new powers and embroiled in a murder investigation, Tara must now race to uncover the secrets of the ancient Fury that has woken inside of her - and of the evil that stalks her.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fear the fury in the alley . . .

  • By The Book Junkie Reads . . . on 08-17-18

Solid start to a series

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

Reviewed: 07-17-18

I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Nicola R. White. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

This was a solid start to a series. The world building was good and I really felt empathy for Tara. Being thrust into a completely new and odd world is stressful enough, but then add to that the guilt and horror of having taken someone's life. Yes, the guy's actions were completely awful, but Tara wrestles with the guilt of literally sucking the life out of him.

The romance between Tara and Jackson was explosive. I pictured Dean Winchester for Jackson. Protective, suspicious of everything but has a good heart and wants to do the right thing. He's furiously (get it? haha) protective of Ruby and I loved it. I was rooting for him and Tara from the moment he walked into the bar and she laid eyes on him.

Tara's roommates were the best. Their personalities are so different but they all mesh so well together, probably because they are so different. I love how fiercely supportive they were. I don't think Tara would have handled everything being thrown at her as well without them.

Last but certainly not least, the narrator. She was really good. Not the best I've listened to but certainly not the worst. I will absolutely search out more books read by her.