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  • Primal Instinct

  • By: Janie Crouch
  • Narrated by: Barbara Creel-Benjamin
  • Length: 6 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 19
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 18

On the crowded streets of San Francisco, a serial killer watches and waits. Known only as Simon Says, he lures his next victim while the FBI grasps for answers. Desperate, they turn to Adrienne Jeffries. Adrienne has an uncanny talent for getting inside the city's most dangerous minds. But first she'll have to get past FBI agent Conner Perigo. Skeptical of Adrienne's abilities, Conner begrudgingly enlists her help...unprepared for the powerful attraction that could jeopardize their focus.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Mixed Feelings

  • By KindleBabe on 10-11-18

Mixed Feelings

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

Reviewed: 10-11-18

I had mixed feelings about this audiobook. At first, I loved it and couldn't stop listening. I loved the psychic versus serial killer premise and the characters. It seemed really suspenseful and held my attention. However, about halfway through, it started to become predictable and unbelievable. The author made it pretty obvious who the killer was, and even the "surprise" twist at the end was somewhat predictable. I became frustrated when characters did things that were either unbelievable in order to further the plot or would make them the worst FBI agents in history. I don't want to give spoilers, so I'll just say they figured out something about the killer that should have made them not trust the person who turned out to be the killer, but who do they trust the most? The person who turns out to be the killer, of course! I don't know if this was an early book of hers. I really feel like she has a lot of potential, and I liked enough it to try some of her other romantic suspense books.

The narration was pretty good. It wasn't my favorite, but it wasn't bad, either.

  • Shadows in the Night and Never Sleep with Strangers

  • By: Heather Graham
  • Narrated by: Saskia Maarleveld
  • Length: 15 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 54
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 52
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 51

Two books in one by New York Times best-selling author Heather Graham.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hitchcock Meets Agatha Christie

  • By KindleBabe on 09-28-18

Hitchcock Meets Agatha Christie

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

Reviewed: 09-28-18

I just recently discovered Heather Graham (I know, I know), and I've been listening to all her Finnegan books and really enjoying them, but this is by far my favorite. The first story has the Finnegans in it; the second story doesn't. Both reminded me of old-school mysteries where it was difficult to predict whodunnit. The second one reminded me of an Agatha Christie mystery. I loved, loved, loved this anthology, and I have a total book hangover. I don't want to move on to a different book.

Shadows in the Night stars Craig Frasier's cousin Harley and another FBI agent named Micah Fox investigating the murder of a leading Egyptologist and a series of attacks by someone dressed up as a mummy. It begins in Egypt and then moves to New York. Craig Frasier and Kieran Finnegan are secondary characters in this one. There was something a little Hitchcockian about it, but I don't want to give any spoilers.

Never Sleep with Strangers takes place in a remote Scottish castle which gets more remote when the guests get snowed in. The castle owner, Jon Stuart, is a mystery writer who hosts an annual mystery week for mystery and horror writers until his wife dies under suspicious circumstances at one. Convinced his wife was murdered by one of his guests, he holds another mystery house party a few years later, hoping to catch his wife's killer. Of course, the mystery game becomes frighteningly real, and they end up having to solve more real murders. There are many red herrings, and it kept me guessing - and a bit stressed since there were so many characters I loved and didn't want to see become a victim or be the murderer. It kept me guessing.

Saskia Maarleveld did an excellent job with the narration. I'm happy to have found a new narrator that I like.

  • The Duchess Deal

  • Girl Meets Duke
  • By: Tessa Dare
  • Narrated by: Mary Jane Wells
  • Length: 7 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,340
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,230
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,227

Since his return from war, the Duke of Ashbury's to-do list has been short and anything but sweet: brooding, glowering, menacing London ne'er-do-wells by night. Now there's a new item on the list. He needs an heir - which means he needs a wife. When Emma Gladstone, a vicar's daughter turned seamstress, appears in his library wearing a wedding gown, he decides on the spot that she'll do.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 100% perfect

  • By Eugenie on 09-29-17

Dare Gets Better and Better!

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

Reviewed: 09-10-18

Wow! This is one of my favorite books ever! Tessa Dare has such a wonderful sense of humor, and I think this is her funniest book yet. I laughed so hard in so many places. I think her writing gets better with each book, if that's possible. Dare uses some common tropes and plot devices, but she knows where to draw the line to keep from going too far with them and making them be overdone in her stories.

I think her real talent is in her character development, though. She writes the best characters and puts so much quirkiness and detail into all her secondary characters. You can't help but love each and every one of them. Trevor was a hoot. But of course, the main characters made you fall in love with them and carried the story. I'm a sucker for a wounded hero.

The performance was excellent. I will definitely seek out other audiobooks narrated by Mary Jane Wells.

I can't recommend this audiobook enough. Now I'm off to listen to the sequel, The Governess Game.

  • Age of Night: Books One to Three

  • By: May Sage
  • Narrated by: Kai Kennicott, Wen Ross
  • Length: 8 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19

This set includes the three first volume of the Age of Night series, Kitty Cat, Pretty Kitten, and CatnipKitty Cat - Aisling has every reason in the world to like her life as it is: away from the shifter community. Tucked in her little corner of the world, she sees no reason to gets involved in the drama of the ever warring packs, until trouble knocks at her door. Trouble wrapped in a delicious package her cat wants to claw. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Cats, Cats, Cats

  • By KindleBabe on 06-23-18

Cats, Cats, Cats

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

Reviewed: 06-23-18

I've been curious about this author for a while, so I was excited to see her release an audiobook collection using my favorite two narrators. I wasn't sure what to expect since I hadn't read any of her books before. I fell in love with the characters and writing almost immediately. This is a collection of the first three books in the series, and it starts off very dramatically and holds your attention throughout. The world building is detailed and unique; it's different from other shifter stories I've read. It's very well written. My only complaint is that there was some character death. Even though they were minor characters, I still really liked them and was disappointed to lose them from the story.

Wen Ross and Kai Kennicott were their usual awesome selves. There is nothing like duet narration, and these two work really well together, playing off each other as they read and act out the different roles. They're the narrators that got me addicted to audiobooks.

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  • One More Kiss

  • By: Samantha Chase
  • Narrated by: Christopher Kipiniak, Julia Motyka
  • Length: 9 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 29
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 26

Matt Reed is hiding...from his fans...from his past...from a failure too painful to contemplate. Most of all, Matt is hiding from himself. Vivienne Forrester is a woman who gives her all...to her friends and family...to her online food blog...to the man she loves. Vivienne will try anything and everything to coax Matt out of his self-imposed exile. But for this to work, Matt is going to have to meet her halfway.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Far ABOVE Rockstar Romance

  • By Lelim0612 on 09-11-18

It Was Okay

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

Reviewed: 06-15-18

I was pleasantly surprised this turned out to be duet narration, my favorite narration style. I really liked the way it was scripted, but I didn't love Kipiniak's voice, especially when he did Matt's voice. I loved Motyka's voice, and I liked the way Kipiniak did some of the other male voices.

I love rockstar romances, but I felt this one wasn't very well researched. The author didn't seem to realize that in the music business, agents and managers are not the same thing. They have different jobs, especially in California where this band resided. Mick starts off as an agent but ends the story as a manager. No, his job didn't change. I think the author forgot he was the band's agent and didn't really know the difference between the two. At the beginning, he is really doing the job of the band's manager despite begin referred to as an agent, but he's not doing it very well. He treats the band members atrociously, as though they work for him, not the other way around. All I kept thinking was that they're a huge band who's been famous for ten years, and he treats them like that? Like they're children? They should fire him and hire someone who treats them with respect.

Then it jumps ahead two years to the present. I wanted more details from those two years. The story got better, and I really liked the ending, but it dragged in places and was pretty predictable.

  • Fused

  • Lost in Oblivion, Book 4.5
  • By: Cari Quinn, Taryn Elliott
  • Narrated by: Kai Kennicott, Wen Ross
  • Length: 6 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 41
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41

From the pinnacle of success to the depths of despair, the band Oblivion has been through it all. Nick Crandall, the lead guitarist and the one most likely to cause a band breakup, is the only one who can begin to put the pieces back together after the most catastrophic night of his life. And that includes making a stand to win back the woman he needs. His only choice is to fight hard for what - and who - he loves. And oh so dirty.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not the End

  • By KindleBabe on 05-07-18

Not the End

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

Reviewed: 05-07-18

The title is a little misleading since it doesn't really pertain to the band as much as the romance in the story. This book has a more fulfilling ending than the prior book, but there are still questions to be answered in the next and final book, Owned. However, a lot of loose ends are tied up in this book, which is the continuation of Nick and Lila's story from the previous book, Shattered. I really like the evolution of Nick's and his sister's relationship as well as Nick's and Lila's. I like the new characters that were introduced in Shattered (Michael and Ricki) and am glad to see more of them in this book. I really like where the story is heading and can't wait to listen to Owned.

Kennicott and Ross just nail each of the characters. They are true actors, not just narrators. They are so talented. I can't recommend them enough.

  • Shattered

  • Lost in Oblivion, Book 4
  • By: Cari Quinn, Taryn Elliott
  • Narrated by: Wen Ross, Kai Kennicott
  • Length: 7 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 53
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 47
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 47

Lila Shawcross is obsessed with her work, which includes managing the drama-prone members of Oblivion. She's definitely not about to let a hot-headed, hard-bodied guitarist wreck her orderly existence or dilute her focus. So what if she's never craved a man quite this much? There are just too many complications, including the gold band on her left hand.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Shattered

  • By KindleBabe on 05-07-18

Shattered

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

Reviewed: 05-07-18

Even though Nick had a few shining moments in prior books, I wasn't sure the authors would be able to turn him around and make me like him, but they did. Nick and Lila are so different, yet they complement each other well. She has a lot of hidden insecurities that really help build the tension between them. I'm dying to know what's up with Simon to make him act so out of character. I'm hoping to see his POV in one of the sequels to see what's going on in his mind. This one ends with a cliffhanger, so I'm glad the rest of the series has already been released. It's definitely worth the credits to get the additional books. The whole series is terrific so far.

The narrators are wonderful. They record together in duet style, which is the best. They play off each other and deliver a very emotional performance.

  • Until I Fall

  • By: Claudia Burgoa
  • Narrated by: Kai Kennicott, Wen Ross
  • Length: 9 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12

ER doctor Aspen Zimmerman is no stranger to pain and loss. The tragic death of her fiancé catapults her life into a promise of healing - of being the best damn ER doctor her hospital has ever encountered. After all, it makes her feel like she's making a difference when she couldn't so long ago. And when her most beloved patient suffers horrifically, all Aspen cares about is healing her - even though her son has a special way of igniting a fire she thought fizzled out long ago.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing narration, but not duet style

  • By bookbruin on 06-11-18

The Aspen and the Hawk

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

Reviewed: 05-07-18

This was a very emotional story, and according to the author's note, it was based on her great aunt's life, but with an added HEA. There should definitely be a tissue warning. The story line was complex, and there were a lot of passages that were thought-provoking. It combined romance with a chick-lit feel. It was suspenseful at times, especially during Anderson's missions. However, there were places where it dragged a little, and my attention wandered. I wish the story had followed Anderson's missions more in depth so I could understand them better, especially the different stages.

It was so wonderful to hear Kennicott's and Ross's voices again, but I was a little disappointed. They're my favorite narrators, but this audiobook was completely different from their others. Instead of Ross reading all the male parts and Kennicott reading all the female parts like in their normal duet narration, this was done as duo narration, with each of them reading all the parts in alternating chapters. In fact, Ross didn't even come in until the 5th chapter. I had to reread the description because I thought I'd misread that he was a narrator. I still loved their voices and the emotional depth they brought to the reading, but I had trouble telling the two main characters apart during the dialogue, and there is nothing like a scene where Kennicott and Ross play off each other in duet narration.

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  • Consumed

  • Lost in Oblivion, Book 3.5
  • By: Taryn Elliott, Cari Quinn
  • Narrated by: Kai Kennicott, Wen Ross
  • Length: 7 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 70
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 68
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 68

Oblivion lead singer Simon Kagan is used to being in the spotlight for his model good looks and his voice, not because of the epic ending to Oblivion's last show on their home turf in California. That unforgettable night rocked Oblivion in more ways than one, and now the journey back seems almost impossible. The only bright spot is Margo. Margo, the one woman he'd been sure would never be more than a hot ride in the dark. Margo, who would never be his. Except she is, for now.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • GOOD STORY BUT I'M FEELING THE URGE TO SCREAM

  • By 🔹🔹🔹CAROLYN 🔹🔹🔹 on 09-11-16

Consumed by Music Again

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

Reviewed: 04-22-18

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

Yes. Every audiobook in the Lost in Oblivion series is wonderful. They're well-written, addicting, and have the best narration team.

Who was your favorite character and why?

That's a tough choice because I love both Margo and Simon, but I've followed Simon through so many books that it's finally good to see him get his HEA.

Which scene was your favorite?

My favorite scene was when Margo rehearsed for the L.A. Philharmonic and Simon got his love of music back.

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

Get lost in oblivion and you'll be consumed.

Any additional comments?

Kai Kennicott and Wen Ross really bring the characters to life.

  • Destroyed

  • Lost in Oblivion, Book 3
  • By: Taryn Elliott, Cari Quinn
  • Narrated by: Wen Ross, Kai Kennicott
  • Length: 9 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 91
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 87
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 86

Now that he's successful beyond his wildest dreams with his band Oblivion, Simon Kagan is happy to enjoy his all-access pass to the groupie train. After getting more fists in the ribs than hugs growing up, he discovers having a warm female in his bed is an easy way to escape the loneliness.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • 4 or 5 stars go down to 1

  • By Marianne on 04-01-16

Falling into Oblivion

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

Reviewed: 04-21-18

It felt so good to fall back into Oblivion. I've been kind of dreading this book because I knew what was coming from the foreshadowing in the prior books, but it was a wonderful listen. The characters are just so addicting, the plot so intense, and Elliott's and Quinn's research into the music industry so detailed. Simon and Margo are perfect for each other. Of course, the narration is top notch. I love duet narration, and Kennicott and Ross are the best there is. You can't go wrong with this series.