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  • In Flames

  • By: Jessica Jayne
  • Narrated by: Samantha Cook, Joe Arden
  • Length: 5 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 22

Gracelyn Riley married a firefighter and knew that came with risks. But she never imagined herself widowed in her early 30s with two children to care for on her own. Even though her marriage to Chad Riley had its difficulties, dealing with the last year without him has not been easy. Her brother-in-law, Matt, has been the rock that has kept her from collapsing or imploding. As a Mason Ridge fireman, Matt Riley had been at the scene when his brother, Chad, was killed. For the last year, Matt has suffered from survivor’s guilt and drank himself into oblivion. Gracelyn's friendship has pulled him through time and time again until he finally sobered up.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Scorching and emotional

  • By Jan Hood on 11-23-18

A sweet with plenty of heat taboo romance

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

Reviewed: 11-20-18

STORY 3.5:
Jayne’s latest is a sexy contemporary taboo romance with an off the charts heat level. Gracelyn and Matt are genuine and likeable characters and their love story is touching, emotional and explosive. The author does a wonderful job of dealing with all the negative and positive consequences of this very complicated relationship including the incredibly convoluted family dynamics. Even though the read tends to be on the wordy side it doesn’t affect the enjoyment of this sweet with heat romance. The real standout of the novel is Matt and Gracelyn’s love of and dedication to their family and to each other and the love they tried so hard to ignore triumphing.

NARRATION 4:
The narrators- Samantha Cook and Joe Arden do a wonderful job of bringing the novel to life for their listeners putting emotion and feeling in every sentence and scene and making the characters more three dimentional plus they both expertly handle male and female voices. The audible edition gives the audience a more in depth experience of the story.

SUMMARY:
On the first anniversary of Chad Riley perishing in a fire his widow Gracelyn and brother and fellow firefighter Matt who was at the fire that killed him give in to an attraction that’s been building over the past year not once but multiple times –– Gracielyn’s marriage to Chad wasn’t perfect but this past year has been difficult without him and would have been more difficult if not for Matt. She’s grateful for all that he’s done to help her and her two children after losing her husband and their dad and is ready to take these feelings to the next level, to see where it might lead. Butt Matt is more pragmatic, after all he’s lived in the shadow of his big brother Chad all his life and is convinced it will only hurt the ones they love, plus he’s afraid if they go forward he won’t be able to keep his hands off her and so is totally against it.
But are they strong enough to fight the flames and if they give in again will the heat heal or consume them?

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  • A Royal Shade of Blue

  • By: Aven Ellis
  • Narrated by: Andrea Emmes
  • Length: 10 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 12

A message complimenting her latest internship project changes the life of Clementine Jones and the future of the British monarchy as well. Her response leads Clementine to the mysterious CP Chadwick, a British man studying history at Cambridge. Clementine finds CP charming, smart, and unlike any man she's ever met. Clementine, however, has no idea CP is actually Prince Christian of Wales, who has never had a "normal" life. Wary of others, he's kept himself closed off from the world - until he lets Clementine in. 

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Predictable

  • By Anonymous User on 10-12-18

A sweet, sexy Cinderella Tale with a modern twist

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

Reviewed: 10-06-18

Novel 5:
Ellis’ first in her Modern Royals series is a sweet and sexy Cinderella Tale with a thoroughly modern twist when a Prince and commoner find love with the help of instagram. The couple are a breath of fresh air, he’s a royal with a family who put the D in dysfunction and she has always been the girl who had a brain tumor. They’re flawed and refreshing, likeable and real and there is just enough drama to make it interesting. The read is fast paced and the author uses a mix of conversational and proper etiquette dialogue and the real royal facts included in the fiction adds a layer of legitimacy and had this reviewer googling to fact check.

Narration 5:
The narrator does a brilliant job of depicting all the voices both male and female and of capturing the emotions too giving her listening audience a more in depth novel perspective including a few heart stopping moments. Her dual US and Brit accents are spot on and her rendering of Christian and Clemmy are fabulous, but the absolute best thing about her is her infectious laugh that listeners are treated to frequently throughout the book.

SUMMARY:
Clementine Jones has lived in a bubble ever since she was diagnosed with a brain tumor as a teen. But going away to college has given her the opportunity to spread her wings and graduating in June with an art history degree from prestigious Stanford just might let her do that. Plus she’s met a really interesting, ordinary “bloke” nicknamed CP online who lives across the pond and maybe it's the miles, maybe the anonymity but she really feels like she knows him that is until she learns that he’s the son of the King of England.
His Royal Highness Prince Christian Chadwick, Prince of Wales has always been a bit reclusive, that happens because he’s always had to wonder if a girl likes him for himself or because of his title. So when he meets an enchanting, refreshing US girl she steels his heart before he even meets her. Which makes him determined to bring her into his life forever. Which is easier said then done.

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  • The Orphan's Tale

  • A Novel
  • By: Pam Jenoff
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Wydra, Kyla Garcia
  • Length: 12 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,663
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,377
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,359

Sixteen-year-old Noa has been cast out in disgrace after becoming pregnant by a Nazi soldier and being forced to give up her baby. She lives above a small rail station, which she cleans in order to earn her keep. When Noa discovers a boxcar containing dozens of Jewish infants bound for a concentration camp, she is reminded of the child that was taken from her. And in a moment that will change the course of her life, she snatches one of the babies and flees into the snowy night.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Sappy and tedious

  • By Churchill on 03-23-17

An unforgettable novel!!

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

Reviewed: 08-11-18

The Orphan’s Tale
Pam Jenoff

STORY: 5
Jenoff’s The Orphan’s Tale, set in 1940’s occupied Europe is a poignant and realistic reminder of just how dangerous the times were during Hitler’s reign of terror and not just for Jews. Unbelievably the Nazis permitted certain gentile owned circuses to roam across the continent during WWII allowing for them to become underground railroads hiding and transporting Jews and sympathizers under the radar of the SS. It’s also about family, friendships and special relationships like that of Astrid and Noa and the author uses both of their voices to tell her heartbreaking tale. The story begins with a cryptic prologue alighting the curiosity of readers from the very start. Then with a powerful narrative this incredible storyteller brings to the forefront the absolute terror this monstrous regime inflicted but also highlights the color and beauty of the circus and its rag tag cast of performers and workers. The characters are amazing each and every one and both Astrid and Noa stand out just as intended imprinting themselves on the hearts and souls of the audience and leaving an impression that will last long after “The End”. Fans of WWII fiction, historical fiction and literary fiction will love this story, just be sure to keep the tissue box close!

On a personal note: I have read each and every novel this amazing author has written but this novel is a stand out for me because of the intense realities of the war I experienced and the impassioned emotion I felt while reading it. These types of stories are so important now that there are so few left who were part of this unimaginable time. And kudos to people like Pam who keep it alive in our hearts!

Narration: 5
The dual narration of Jennifer Wydra and Kyla Garcia is exceptional giving the audience a fuller appreciation of the surroundings and happenings that reading it just couldn’t do. The accents and emotions were flawless flinging listeners back to a time most of us didn’t experience first hand but that none of us should ever forget!

SUMMARY:
Her name isn’t really Astrid Sorrell, she was once part of an internationally renowned circus family and flew from the trapeze. Then she grew up and married a German officer until the Reich forbade them being married to Jews. Now she once again flies from the trapeze having been taken in by her family’s circus rival given a job, a home and hope and a feat of teaching an urchin who has no apparent talent how to fly. How is she supposed to do all this when she’s in constant fear of being discovered?
Noa Weil was thrown out of her home when her parents learned she was impregnated by a German solider, she found refuge in a Lebensborn unwed mother’s home then tossed out when the baby was born. One night while working at a train depot she hears a pitiful cry and rescues a baby she assumes to be Jewish from certain death. With nowhere to hide she takes him and runs – right to the Neuhoff Circus where she and the child are rescued, given an home and a job working on the trapeze but its obvious her trainer, a fabulous flyer can’t stand her.
Herr Neuhoff once presided over a Circus of world renown now he has a rag-tag group of performers, but these refugees need him just as much as he needs them. He knows he’s taking a huge chance traveling through occupied Europe with people the Reich would just as soon crunch under their boots than look at but he’s determined to make a difference however he can.

  • Fata Morgana

  • By: Steven R. Boyett, Ken Mitchroney
  • Narrated by: Macleod Andrews
  • Length: 12 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,170
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,040
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,029

At the height of the air war in Europe, Captain Joe Farley and the baseball-loving, wisecracking crew of the B-17 Flying Fortress Fata Morgana are in the middle of a harrowing bombing mission over East Germany when everything goes sideways. The bombs are still falling, and flak is still exploding all around the 20-ton bomber as it is knocked like a bathtub duck into another world. Suddenly stranded with the final outcasts of a desolated world, Captain Farley navigates a maze of treachery and wonder.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This book had it all

  • By Magnus on 10-14-17

A Fantastic genre meld!!

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

Reviewed: 05-19-18

Writer Boyett and Film director Mitchroney’s fiction collaboration has something for everyone, a fantastic genre meld of fantasy, WWII fiction and a sci-fi action thriller with a touching fated romance thrown in for good measure. The plot line is a tight, fast moving, inventive nail-biter, with brilliant world building to match. The narrative is fluent descriptive and exceptional. And then there’s the storytelling, which is masterful not leaving any of the aforementioned genres in the dust or dragging but featuring each in an original and unique creative light. The characters are all outstanding and all era appropriate from the consummate leader captain, the smack talking co-pilot, stoic Native American gunner to the folks from the future, in fact the only thing I didn’t like about it was that it ended too soon. The real stand out was seeing the absolute loyalty of captain and crew who would and did march through hell for each other.
NARRATION- 5
The narration of Macleod Andrews is a flawless rendition of this epic novel and he brilliantly epitomizes each and every character, all accents, intonations and emotions. He will bring his audience to their knees with his battle scenes and having them rolling on the floor with his 1943 impersonations and feeling like they’re in the stands of a ballpark when he calls the balls and strikes of an impromptu pick-up game. His voices were all impeccable but it was his rendition of Captain Farley that is award winning. Bravo!!!

SYNOPSIS:
In 1943 Captain Joe Farley and his crew on the B17 Flying Fortress, Fata Morgana were one of several dozen in a squadron headed to mount an attack on one of Hitler’s munitions plants when they encountered enemy fire. While engaging in battle with bullets flying and losing ground they are suddenly surrounded by an eerie static, fly through a strange disturbance and right into a science fiction movie complete with flying monsters and an advanced civilization of humans who take control of the aircraft and unlikely though it may seem, speak English.
The crew is rescued but separated from the aircraft’s abductors and learn this scarred desecrated landscape is a result of a centuries old battle. After the toxic dust settled the survivors of the apocalypse split into two opposing sides; The Redoubt who has captured the Fata Morgana and the Dome dwellers where Farley and his crew find themselves. But the dome is and has been failing for years and is now for all intents and purposes held together with spit wads and chewing gum so until they can form a plan to rescue the Fata Morgana, the crew try to make themselves useful by lending a hand wherever they can. But as the crew learn more about the dome they’re also discovering something much more disturbing, this place may not be as alien as they once thought and know their first priority has to be to retrieve their aircraft and get back home or die trying.

  • Promises to Keep

  • By: Genevieve Graham
  • Narrated by: Alexis Quednau
  • Length: 8 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6

Young, beautiful Amélie Belliveau lives with her family among the Acadians of Grande Pré, Nova Scotia, content with her life on their idyllic farm. Along with their friends, the neighbouring Mi'kmaq, the community believes they can remain on neutral political ground despite the rising tides of war. But peace can be fragile, and sometimes faith is not enough. When the Acadians refuse to pledge allegiance to the British in their war against the French, the army invades Grande Pré, claims the land, and rips the people from their homes.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A poignant historical tale!

  • By Debbie Haupt-The Reading Frenzy on 02-07-18

A poignant historical tale!

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

Reviewed: 02-07-18

If you could sum up Promises to Keep in three words, what would they be?

heartrending, hopeful, brutal

What did you like best about this story?

the positive outlook the author put on this impossibly tragic tale

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

more emotion, enunciated the English better, separated the voices better

Any additional comments?

Story 5 stars
Graham’s Promises To Keep is a poignant and brutal reminder that real history is full of victims as well as victors as she retells what really happened in 1755 when the English forcibly expulse the peaceful residents of Acadia in what is present day Nova Scotia. The author uses two voices to tell her story, 1st person of her female lead Amélei Belliveau and 3rd person of Connor MacDonald the English soldier who becomes her unlikely savior, giving readers a unique fly on the wall view of the entire story. The dialogue definitely contains a taste of France and a hint of the Mi'kmaq Indians as she tells her heartbreaking tale of the harrowing journey of these people who lose their homes their land and many lose their lives during their tragic trail of tears. The characters are life like and utterly believable especially her courageous Amélei who suffers unimaginable hardships and still keeps her head held high and hope in her battered heart. Both history fans and lovers of literary historical fiction will devour this amazingly heart-rending novel.

NARRATION: 3 stars
There are a few issues with the audible narration- The narrator Alexis Quednau has Amélei down pat and is the perfect choice for her, however her recitation of the other characters is at times very monotone and non-emotional and lacks the versatility needed for the other parts, especially the male voices. Also her lilting French accent, with which she absolutely nails the French and Mi’kmaq Indian words and makes her perfect for Amélei makes it somewhat difficult to understand some of her enunciations of English. She does however get better with the emotional aspect later on in the novel.

SUMMARY:
In the mid eighteenth century in Grand Pré, Acadia the non-violent farmers of French descent and the Mi'kmaq Indians share the land and live in peace during the constant turmoil and battles between the French and English armies. But all that changes when in 1755 the English finally defeat the French and the lives of these peaceful people change forever.

Seventeen-year-old Amélei Belliveau and her family have a small farm in Grand Pré, Acadia and are happy to share their bounties with their neighbors and the English army, she has even started a friendship with one of the soldiers, a man who knows all too well what she and her family are going through. But the winds of change are blowing and none of them good when the English turn from neighbors to aggressors and turn the people of her village into prisoners.
Connor MacDonnell finds himself in Acadia as a victim of circumstance belonging to the same English army that ten years earlier killed his parents and destroyed his Scottish way of life. After getting to know Amélei she has become more than important to him and he is determined to ease what he is sure will be a terrifying change for herself, her family and her entire community.

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  • Adam

  • Riding Hard, Volume 1
  • By: Jennifer Ashley
  • Narrated by: Eric Dove
  • Length: 5 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 126
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 111
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 112

Stuntman Adam Campbell returns home to Riverbend, Texas, after being seriously injured in a movie stunt gone wrong. He settles in to heal at his family's ranch, where his four brothers, famous trick riders, train horses.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Loved It

  • By Amazon CustomerBeliever on 09-28-18

Another fantastic romance by Jennifer Ashley

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

Reviewed: 01-19-18

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

he's very good at western romance, great drawly voice

Any additional comments?


Adam is the first book in bestselling author Jennifer Ashley’s contemporary Riding Hard series set in the Texas Hill Country. It’s a spicy and sweet second chance romance starring Adam Campbell and Bailey Farrell, who are genuine and likeable, have amazing chemistry and their romance is as sizzling as a hot Texas summer. With a fast paced narrative, action packed scenes and an engaging storyline plus some fabulous costars this amazing author once again makes her tale come to life for her audience. Book one does a great job of setting the stage for stories to come

The audible version is put in the very capable voice of Eric Dove. His drawly aw shucks southern baritone, slow paced reciting, impressive range and excellent talent of sounding so natural while vocalizing male, female and kid voices too makes him the perfect choice for this novel.

SUMMARY:
Stunt man to the stars Adam Campbell pretty much went for what he wanted and got it for most of his life. That is until a stunt went horribly wrong killed his best friend and left him broken and burned. What else could he do but go home to Texas, the loving arms of his family and the family’s very successful trick riding operation. When he arrives he’s stunned to find his high school sweetheart learning the dangerous trade and he is not happy about it, not after what he just went through.
Bailey Farrell left small Riverbend Texas for the city lights and a job in Austin but after an agonizing divorce she came home to heal and got a job on the Campbell ranch learning to stunt ride. When the oldest Campbell brother and her first love comes home to recover from a dreadful accident her first thought is that she’ll do whatever it takes to help get him back on his feet, the second thought is that she never really stopped loving him.


  • Devil's Cut

  • A Bourbon Kings Novel
  • By: J. R. Ward
  • Narrated by: Alexander Cendese
  • Length: 10 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 948
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 873
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 862

At first the death of William Baldwine, the head of the Bradford family, was ruled a suicide. But then his eldest son and sworn enemy, Edward, came forward and confessed to what was, in fact, a murder. Now in police custody, Edward mourns not the disintegration of his family or his loss of freedom...but the woman he left behind. His love, Sutton Smythe, is the only person he has ever truly cared about, but as she is the CEO of the Bradford Bourbon Company's biggest competitor, any relationship between them is impossible.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Unparalleled

  • By Kentucky Bohemian on 10-06-17

Unmatched, unforgettable, must read/listen too!!

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

Reviewed: 08-08-17

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

yes because it's amazine

Who was your favorite character and why?

multiple faves

Which scene was your favorite?

many

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

yes but impossible

Any additional comments?

Book #3 in The Bourbon Kings trilogy
DEVIL’S CUT
JR Ward

The final installment of JR Ward’s The Bourbon Kings trilogy is akin to a mangled train wreck, it’s not pretty, it’s painful to experience but you have no choice but to watch it unfold. It’s a heady mix of Dallas and Dynasty and book three is all about solutions, closures and new beginnings of a family who easily puts the D in dysfunction.
The absolute mastery of her storytelling is clearly evident in this finale by the way she puts a solid conclusion to a story still so up in the air when it started. The eloquent narrative will take readers back to a more “gentile” time but with all the present day toys, vices and technology plus the constant play on words dialogue give the read a certain timely realism. Her characters run the gamut from over-the-top to salt of the earth, and each and every one is absolutely necessary to the telling of the tale.
Book three picks up right where book two left off so this is NOT a story you can skip around with, and is a trilogy I will definitely revisit.
This series/trilogy is a must read for all lovers of family dynamics, dysfunction and those who love a good mystery. And is a yet another impressive work from an author I love and respect.
One footnote; do not pass over the JR’s dedication at the beginning of the book. It’s amazing.
Narration:
I was fortunate enough to listen to each of the novels in the trilogy and whoever chose Alexander Cendese for the narrator outdid themselves.
His southern drawl-y baritone is unmatched and I could easily picture him reciting these novels with a cigar in one hand and a neat glass of Bradford reserve in the other. He’s dots every i and crosses every t and perfects, men, women, Kentucky drawl, NYC banker, drunk, sober, high-class or blue collar and does it with style. Even if you read these novels don’t ever pass the chance to experience the mesmerizing voice of this über-talented narrator.

SUMMARY:
The four Bradford/Baldwine siblings have a lot on their plate these days at their family estate in Charlemont, Kentucky. Funds are dwindling. Except for the bare minimum the staff has been let go. The family’s bourbon empire is in dire straights. And if that isn’t enough their father’s death was not a suicide.
The youngest son of the family Tulane (Lane) has finally after years of being a playboy grown up and is trying to keep the family’s failing Bourbon business solvent while keeping his true love, the estate’s former gardener, Lizzy happy and the rest of the family close and safe. And on top of that the woman who raised him, the woman who’s more a mother to him than the woman who birthed him, is dying and he doesn’t think he can go on without her.
The oldest, Edward has confessed to his father’s murder, will not accept any form of legal help or aid from his family or his long suffering love and business competitor, Sutton.
The baby, Virginia Elizabeth (Gin) is starting to rethink her decision to marry an ogre just to keep her in Armani and Pearls, starting to regret the bad decisions her entire life is made up of. Is it too late to change or is it easier just to stay the same shallow, selfish debutante she’s always been?
The middle son Max, a grubby, bearded, tatted mess couldn’t run far or fast enough away from his family and the stars in all of his nightmares. After making this short appearance his only thought is when can I get the hell out of out Dodge.

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  • When We Were Sisters

  • By: Emilie Richards
  • Narrated by: Karen White, Elijah Alexander, Rachel Fulginiti
  • Length: 14 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,552
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,421
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,424

As children in foster care, Cecilia and Robin vowed they would be the sisters they had never had. Cecelia, now a superstar singer-songwriter, is living life on the edge. Robin set aside her career as a successful photojournalist to create the loving family she always yearned for. But gazing through a wide-angle lens at both past and future, she sees that her marriage is disintegrating. Her attorney husband is rarely home. She and the children need Kris' love and attention, but does Kris need them?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An incredible journey!

  • By Terri C. on 02-02-17

Unforgettable a Must Listen To

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

Reviewed: 07-21-17

Would you listen to When We Were Sisters again? Why?

I would definitely listen to this book again and will sometime in the future. The narrators did an excellent job of emoting all emotions.

What did you like best about this story?

The fact that blood doesn't make you family

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

only Karen White and she was as always excellent

Who was the most memorable character of When We Were Sisters and why?

I have to say both Robin and Cecilia because of all the hardships they went through and still were able to make a good life for themselves

Any additional comments?

Although I loved reading this book listening to the audible edition gave it another dimension and deepened the experience. The trio of narrators, Karen White, who I’ve enjoyed before and new to me narrators Rachel Fulginiti and Elijah Alexander were an excellent choice and each of the three brought out the expressions and emotions that reading it just couldn’t do. Be prepared to laugh and to cry as you experience one of my all time favorite novels by an author who never lets me down.

  • The Hunt

  • The Wilds, Book 2
  • By: Donna Augustine
  • Narrated by: Angel Clark
  • Length: 7 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 25
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25

Living in the Wilds isn't any picnic, but I thought I had a handle on things; avoid the beasts and I won't get eaten, avoid the waterways and the pirates won't kill me, and stab every Dark Walker I see. That was before I found out Tiffy's friends were real and back when I'd never heard of the Skinners. Now my magic is on the fritz, and people are disappearing. Dax won't let me kill any Dark Walkers, and avoiding the beasts is impossible when I live with one.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The end of civilation ... not yet

  • By Kenna on 10-05-17

Brava to Angel Clark for her flawless narration

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

Reviewed: 05-09-17

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

effective voice characterizations

Any additional comments?


Angel Clark’s flawless narration really sets off Augustine’s world building and her characters to a tee even going as far as using some really effective vocal special effects. Her narrator’s voice differing from her other voice characterizations is a persuasive tool that really benefits the listening pleasure.

  • The Chosen

  • A Novel of the Black Dagger Brotherhood
  • By: J. R. Ward
  • Narrated by: Jim Frangione
  • Length: 17 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2,655
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,441
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,428

Xcor, leader of the Band of Bastards, convicted of treason against the Blind King, is facing a brutal interrogation and torturous death at the hands of the Black Dagger Brotherhood. Yet after a life marked by cruelty and evil deeds, he accepts his soldier's fate, his sole regret the loss of a sacred female who was never his: the Chosen Layla. Layla alone knows the truth that will save Xcor's life. But revealing his sacrifice and his hidden heritage will expose them both and destroy everything Layla holds dear.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A FINGER-LICKING BANQUET FOR ALL BDB FANS

  • By 🔹🔹🔹CAROLYN 🔹🔹🔹 on 04-07-17

#15 in the series and it's still fresh and amazing

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

Reviewed: 04-26-17

What made the experience of listening to The Chosen the most enjoyable?

Jim Frangione's voice

Which scene was your favorite?

The End

Any additional comments?

#15 in NYT Bestseller Ward’s Bestselling series is full of surprises, action, scorching romance and OMG revelations. And it’s a story that she’s been simmering and I’ve been salivating for. It’s amazing how she has kept her novels fresh so many reads into the series but she does it with her iconic, in-your-face, unapologetic characters, her gritty, street-wise dialogue, the non-stop, fast-paced action and in the last few installments her side stories featuring a past couple. This is not a series you can start this late in the game like you could skip around a bit at the beginning because there’s just too much history you’d miss. But if you’ve been living under a rock and have never experienced this series and you’re a die-hard fan of paranormal/urban fantasy romance it will be well worth your while to pick this series up.
The audible edition is once again put in the oh so capable voice of Jim Frangione who rocks every voice, every emotion, every intonation, every sex, every scene and every species with an unmatched and unforgettable expertise that makes listening to the novel a real edge over just reading it.