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Worth the wait?

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

Reviewed: 04-24-19

I feel like I have been waiting for this book to come out as an audio book FOREVER, so when I saw that it was available I was ecstatic! Right up to the point where I realized that the narrator was different from every other book in the Elemental World & Elemental Mysteries series.

I am a big proponent of consistency, and this is exactly why. Though Ava Lucas did a good job narrating this book, the consistency that we had flowing through the other books is gone. It was obvious to me from the very beginning that the narrator did not listen to any of the other books in either series to get a feel for the pronunciations, personalities or background of these much beloved characters. This was most obvious in her pronunciation of Lucien Thrax's name, but it didn't stop there, and though I have no intention of naming every little mispronunciation she made, just know that they were on many of the keywords that have been used throughout these series.

However, what's done is done and there is no use crying over spilt milk. And if I was just judging this narrator on this book alone, without its relationship to this series and universe as a whole, I would say that Ava Lucas did a good job keeping the voices for the characters in this book consistent and adding her own unique brand of dramatic flair to draw you into the story.

As for the book as a whole, Elizabeth Hunter, as always, did a wonderful job of drawing you in and holding on to you through out the book… Not to mention giving you ample reasons to want to return to this amazing universe!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Agendas Abound

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

Reviewed: 02-26-19

This book felt very much to me like it was all about agendas, instead of marriages. And it was put forth in such a way that if you don't agree with the author's agenda, then that makes you a "HATEMONGER". Very disappointing!

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

Awesome Story… Terrible Audio

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

Reviewed: 07-09-18

This book primarily features Bella’s brother, the half-symphath owner of ZeroSum, Rhevenge and Ehlena, a nurse from Havers’s clinic, whom we’ve met previously in this series, but has gone unnamed until now.

This story, like every other in this series, is awesome in its complexities. The way it weaves itself together through the POVs of the different characters whose eyes we get a chance to see the story unfold through, draws you in and holds on to you all the way through to the very last word.

As for the audiobook aspect of it, I have to say that I have never really liked the narrator for this series. He doesn't have very many differences in his voice inflections and what he does have he doesn't always use properly. Unfortunately, a wonderful voice (I'm sure that's why he was chosen originally) does not a wonderful narrator for every story make. No matter how awesome the tenor of his voice, when he tries to come across all hip and with it, this narrator mostly just ends up sounding like a major dweeb… True!

However, the mediocre narration, coupled with the horrible editing job by the sound person that is supposed to prevent the issues this audiobook has, leaves us with a very irritating narrative that has weird pauses and sometimes no pauses at all, missing words/sentences and a definite sense that this book would absolutely be better when read the old-fashioned way.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Port Henry is revisited…

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

Reviewed: 06-16-16

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would recommend this book to a friend, but I believe I would recommend them to read it for themselves over listening to the audiobook. Though Paul Christiansen is vastly better than Victoria McGee, she still isn't as good of a narrator, as I believe this series deserves.

What other book might you compare The Reluctant Vampire to and why?

I don't do the comparison thing & in this case, I'm not sure I've ever read another story that is comparable to this one.

What three words best describe Paula Christensen’s performance?

Not that great. Like I said previously, she is better than Victoria McGee, but not really what I think this series deserves. Her different voices for the different characters are very limited and she seems to reuse and even start fresh with each book reusing voices from previous books.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

A Must-Read in this series!

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

Reviewed: 06-16-16

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would definitely recommend this book. It is laugh out loud funny and also requires tissues at times. It was narrated wonderfully & though I don't like how they keep changing the narrators in this series, at least they picked a good narrator for this book.

What did you like best about this story?

I think I like the humorous situations that both Christian & Caro kept finding themselves in the best about this story. Humor is something I enjoy. And when a book makes me laugh out loud, it's always a winner!

What about Kirby Heyborne’s performance did you like?

Kirby seems to have a great sense of comedic timing as well as an emotional presence that keeps the listener in the palm of his hand and makes them feel every emotion that was written into the book. I enjoyed his performance immensely!

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I both laughed and cried… Of course I did when I read it the first time the old-fashioned way, which should tell you how good this book is because even though I knew what was going to happen, I still laughed out loud and required tissues for my tears.

Not one of my favorites

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

Reviewed: 06-16-16

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

I would recommend this series, but not this specific book. I don't particularly like this book and though the narrator was better than Victoria McGee, she still didn't do that great of a job.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

I liked the ending and how it all worked out, but I felt that the angst that the main character put herself through was a little bit over the top and kind of ridiculous. Real life is, we don't always get what we want, and I thought that punishing herself and who she wanted because it didn't turn out exactly the way she wanted was just ridiculous. I wanted to smack her in the back of the head at least a dozen different times.

What aspect of Paula Christensen’s performance would you have changed?

She used the same set of voices (mostly) in this book as she did in the previous books that she has narrated in this series, but not for the same characters. It was very frustrating and I could hear her breathing quite often. It was distracting.

Do you think The Lady Is a Vamp needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

No… Absolutely not… Unless you count the next book in the series as a follow-up book. If that's the case then sure. I believe Jean Louise's story was covered more than amply.

This one is Laugh out Loud Funny!

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

Reviewed: 06-10-16

What made the experience of listening to Hungry for You the most enjoyable?

Well, Kirby Heyborne has a great sense of comedic timing so he increases the enjoyment of this in book greatly!

What was one of the most memorable moments of Hungry for You?

I think when Alex finally sees what Cal is after the accident. I think I actually get pretty upset with her every time, because even though he's never done anything to hurt her, only to help and she's literally crying because she thinks he's dead, when she realizes he isn't dead, instead of being happy that he's alive, she freaks out and runs away from him because he's a vampire! I mean, I understand how that would be upsetting, but come on, if he really could control her and was using her why would he help her and be nice to her? There would be no need to! I just wanted to smack her in the back of the head and say, "Think you, idiot… Think!"

Have you listened to any of Kirby Heyborne’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I have heard Kirby's performance in, "Born to Bite" and both are equally wonderful!

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Hungry for You… Of course!

Any additional comments?

I'm glad that Sam finally turns… She really drug that particular storyline out and I was ready for it to be done.

I bawl every time!

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

Reviewed: 06-10-16

If you could sum up Born to Bite in three words, what would they be?

Read with tissues!

Who was your favorite character and why?

Bricker is probably my favorite character in this book. I'm not sure I can really put my finger on why, but it stems all the way back to his introduction to this series in the first Rogue Hunter Book. He's obnoxious, true, but not in a way that actually gets on my nerves. Most of the time I just think he's hilarious!

What does Kirby Heyborne bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Kirby has a great sense of comedic timing and emotional overtones… He intensifies both the humor and the emotion that you feel while listening to this book.

If you could take any character from Born to Bite out to dinner, who would it be and why?

Justin Bricker… Because I just think it would be a hoot!

Any additional comments?

The final scene with the family were all of the explanations are given and Armand is finally reunited with his daughter Jean Louise, must be read with tissues.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Vincent gets his girl!

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

Reviewed: 06-08-16

If you could sum up The Renegade Hunter in three words, what would they be?

I love Vincent!

Who was your favorite character and why?

My favorite character was Vincent and I think he may be my favorite Argeneau in the series so far!

Which scene was your favorite?

I think my favorite scene was when Vincent finally told Jo why he was considered to be a rogue and she didn't believe it. Not only did she not believe it, but she proceeded to pick it apart to the point that even though he thought he might be guilty, he was starting to doubt that he was.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Both actually… It made me laugh and cry.

Any additional comments?

Though this is the first book in this series that Kirby Heyborne has narrated, I think he did a wonderful job and I really liked the voice that he gave to Lucian Argeneau.

Better read the old-fashioned way…

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

Reviewed: 06-08-16

Would you try another book from Lynsay Sands and/or Victoria McGee?

I have said it before and I will say it again… I do not believe that Victoria McGee makes a good narrator for this series. So far, every one of the books that she has narrated for this series, I have returned after I listened to it because I will not put myself through that again. I am willing to try it once, because it's possible she may do a fine job on one of these. My hope springs eternal…

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Her voice is too breathy and in this one, you could actually hear her every time she took a breath while she was reading. It was very distracting and seriously detracted from this book. She also doesn't do emotion. Her voice is kind of monotone and has no sense of comedic timing. When I read this book the old-fashioned way, I laughed out loud and even cried at times. Not one snicker or tear found me while I was listening to Victoria McGee.

Was The Immortal Hunter worth the listening time?

No, but I believe that this is the narrator's fault and not the books because when I read it myself. I loved it.

Any additional comments?

I will be returning this book posthaste, as I have done with all of the other books in this series that were read by Victoria McGee.