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Monterey Bay, CA
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  • Alpha Wolf's Pet

  • Hunted, Book 3
  • By: Eva Gordon
  • Narrated by: Christine Padovan
  • Length: 5 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 63
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 59
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 60

Living with werewolves is a lesson in Mia's fragility, and stretching the limits of their antiquated pack protocol wears on everybody's nerves. Nonetheless, Mia is an official member of their pack, and Dominic's lover. Satisfied with their romantic and sexy exclusive arrangement, Mia is devastated when Chandra, Dominic's fiancée, arrives during his absence. Dominic is worried. Is his love for Mia really his addiction to her blood?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic!

  • By Ria Arnold on 02-02-17

Hot and entertaining!

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

Reviewed: 05-24-16

I enjoy Ms. Gordon's writing :-) She creates many interesting characters - human, hybrid and werewolf - and puts them all in a suspense/thriller type of setup.

You have bad guys (in this case, Russians of the Chess Piece Mob) and good guys (Lycan Intelligence Agency or LIA for short) and they all blend together around a great love story, though a love story with lots of twists and surprises along the way.

Narration is good - character voices fit well, accents are realistic, and sex scenes are hot, hot, hot!

Highly recommended paranormal romance :-)

6 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • Wai-nani: A Voice from Old Hawai'i

  • By: Linda Ballou
  • Narrated by: Christine Padovan
  • Length: 9 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 35
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 33
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 31

From the cauldron of controversy that is Hawaiian history emerged Wai-nani, a reflection of the personage of the great chiefess Ka'ahumanu. Like all islanders she was a water baby who found pleasure, sustenance, solace, wisdom, and courage in the grand and vibrant sea. She was born 15 years prior to the landing of Captain Cook in Kealakekua in 1779 and was the favorite wife of Makaha, a fierce warrior modeled after Kamehameha the Great.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful story - recommended with ebook

  • By Sasha Bueno on 10-30-15

Now Whispersync'ed - get ebook and audio together!

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

Reviewed: 10-30-15

I'm so glad this beautiful story is now Whispersync'ed! You really need to buy the audiobook with the ebook/Kindle version and follow along to really understand all the Hawaiian words and what they mean. The author tends to either use a Hawaiian word to describe children ('keiki') or uses the English word.

Also, it makes it easier to understand if the Hawaiian word is a place, a person or something else.

It is an amazing, lovely written story - I learned so much about Hawaiian culture, superstitions and folklore (and some historical points too). I highly recommend getting it - but get both together for the best experience!

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The Quarterback Sneak

  • Fantasy Football Romance, Book 4
  • By: Liz Matis
  • Narrated by: Christine Padovan
  • Length: 2 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 25
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 22

A recovering alcoholic, football player Liam McQueen seeks redemption on and off the field. So when the team's owner, the man who gave him a shot at a comeback, demands that Liam pretend to be engaged to his wayward daughter, it's a favor the reformed bad boy feels he can't refuse.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Glorious Ride!

  • By Angela on 07-27-15

Score another touchdown for Ms Matis!

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

Reviewed: 01-30-15

I love this author's football romances! They're fun and sexy with characters you love to see win - on or off the field ;-)

Just wish the stories were longer, but they are still great just the same :-)

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Huddle Up

  • 'Fantasy' Football, Season 3
  • By: Liz Matis
  • Narrated by: Christine Padovan
  • Length: 2 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 47
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 45
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 44

When Angel O'Malley is left penniless by her deceased father's gambling debts, she is forced to sue pro football player Billy Burner for child support. Blindsided with a five-year-old daughter, he tackles fatherhood with the same commitment he gives to the game, but he has his eye on a bigger prize: Angel's heart. She agrees to Billy's plan to play house to ensure the new father makes no rookie mistakes.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Love the Fantasy Football series!

  • By Gina on 07-05-14

The perfect summertime romance!

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

Reviewed: 07-08-14

The author continues to create a wonderful thread between the characters in her first two stories in the series, and with the new characters she introduces here - plus cleverly sets up the ending for another story to follow!

The writing keeps getting better - there is always background and plot with conflict and great humor thrown in, not just gratuitous sex. The narrator is smooth and always a pleasure to listen to.

Another winning 'season' in 'Huddle Up'!

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Enslaved

  • The Enslaved Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: Shoshanna Evers
  • Narrated by: Christine Padovan
  • Length: 5 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 75
  • Performance
    2.5 out of 5 stars 72
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 69

Elisabeth Anderson has seen Trevor and his friends at the infamous Manhattan BDSM club WhipperSnapper, where everyone calls them the BAD Boys, for "Billionaire Arrogant Doms." The BAD Boys--Trevor Brooks, Marc Wilde, and Roman Chase - are aptly named; they've made money hand over fist due to their aggressive investing at the Brooks Wilde Chase Fund. These guys are so rich they can get away with anything, or so the rumors go.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • If new audio, then very good stuff

  • By Claudia on 03-25-14

Great story and narration - an erotica winner!

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

Reviewed: 02-25-14

Would you consider the audio edition of Enslaved to be better than the print version?

In many ways, yes - because the voice inside my head narrating silently when I read with my eyes isn't as rich or humorous as the narrator's voice. It's also great to listen to a book when your eyes are tired, and gives your hands other things to do (like driving to work, or 'other' things ;-))

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

She brings out the humor, the angst, the intelligence and color of each of the characters. The hard knocks, tough to feel deserving of love, Elisabeth; the Dom looking for the right woman, Trevor; his Dom friends and colleagues, Roman and Marc; new found love for Gregory and his sub, Andrew.

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

Absolutely! It's one of those 'hard to put down' type of books, especially when the narrator's voice gets you so hot and bothered, you need to 'relieve' yourself :-) The author, Ms. Evers creates such interesting characters and weaves the story seamlessly around them, that you don't want to stop listening till you hear the resolution at the end. And Ms. Evers has happy endings to her stories - and I 'loves me a happy ending' as one of the characters says in this story :-)

Any additional comments?

Ignore the 1 star reviewer. Looking at the reviewers who write blatant lies about certain narrators and/or authors, you can tell from the repeated lines they say, that it is some jealous person who can't stand someone else's success, and feel they just have to buy any audiobook the narrator narrates or author writes, just to give their audiobook a low rating, then return the book to bash someone else. How pathetic!

This is definitely a well written, well narrated winner - I hope to see more of Ms. Evers' stories come to life with great voices such as Ms. Padovan's :-)

8 of 12 people found this review helpful

  • No Regrets, No Surrender

  • By: Heather Long
  • Narrated by: Christine Padovan
  • Length: 4 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 29
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 29
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 29

Madame Eve's 1Night Stand service introduces Gunnery Sergeant Jasmine "Jazz" Winters to best friends and retired Marines, Logan Cavanaugh, and Zach Evans. At the end of their night of frenzied passion in Las Vegas, Jazz walks away from the only two men who ever made her feel like a woman. Logan and Zach let her go, but only if she swears all of her future leaves to them. These three Marines shared everything, but will one night be enough?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A menage with a happy ending! OohRah!

  • By M.B. on 12-12-13

A menage with a happy ending! OohRah!

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

Reviewed: 12-12-13

So great for Ms. Long to continue where 'Retreat Hell! She Just Got Here' left off :-) She takes these wonderful characters who hit it off from their 1Night Stand encounter, and creates an amazing setting, centering around Jazz's battle injuries.

There is never a boring moment; everyone stays forward thinking even in the midst of conflict, and the author intersperses the right amount of hot sex in all the right places :-)

OohRah for these strong, sexy Marines!

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Proud to Serve Her

  • 1 Night Stand: Always a Marine, Book 4
  • By: Heather Long
  • Narrated by: Christine Padovan
  • Length: 1 hr and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 17

Damon Sinclair is a simple Marine with simple needs and after five years of active duty in the sandbox, he's ready to settle down and feed people's souls. But when the rest of his Brothers sign up with the 1Night Stand dating service, the opening night of his new restaurant includes a date with Madame Evangeline's hand picked choice. Helena Blake has focused her entire life on her education and legal career.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The best written combination of food and sex ever!

  • By M.B. on 07-29-13

The best written combination of food and sex ever!

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

Reviewed: 07-29-13

Leave it to Ms. Long on giving her characters such diverse backgrounds and talents :-)

As always, the series continues in depth with weaving sensual nuances into the telling of each character's own story. Having Damon be a chef, creating a dinner of pure titillation had me reaching many times for my vibrator (my b.f. being out of town on biz) as the story continued wonderfully to amazing climaxes and new heights in the seduction department.

Kudos to Ms. Long in continuing to use Christine Padovan as her narrator - her throaty tones were perfect, especially her voice choice for Helena.

Keep 'em 'coming', Audible!

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Going for It

  • "Fantasy" Football - Season 2
  • By: Liz Matis
  • Narrated by: Christine Padovan
  • Length: 2 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 35
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 33
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 33

Pro football player Jake Miller's game plan for winning back supermodel Hannah Hahn is play action in the bedroom. Once he sees beyond the swimsuits and lingerie, feelings of love blindside him, changing the rules of the game. Hannah owns the runway, but that success came with a price and a secret that's kept her from trusting a man until Jake crashes through her defenses. The paparazzi love the beauty and the beast couple but the tabloid rumors turn ugly and test the fragile trust between them.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sexy, lighthearted fun!

  • By Gina on 03-25-14

Another touchdown for Ms. Matis!

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

Reviewed: 05-22-13

I wonder what would happen if the author quit her job as a 'mild mannered accountant by day' and became a full-time writer? Her stories have wonderful, sexy characters, great spot-on humor and hot sex too :-)

The throaty, sexy voice of Ms. Padovan is even better here than in 'Playing for Keeps' - very relaxed and sounds like she was having fun; the dialogue and narrator parts flow beautifully.

Keep 'em coming, Ms. Matis!

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • Retreat Hell! She Just Got Here

  • 1 Night Stand Series: Always a Marine, Book 2
  • By: Heather Long
  • Narrated by: Christine Padovan
  • Length: 1 hr and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 29

Jazz has been one of the guys for over a decade, serving her country with distinction, but she longs to explore her femininity, to be desired as a woman, to flirt, cavort, and fulfill every sexual desire. When her mother, of all people, signs her up for a one-night stand, she's not sure whether to be exhilarated or pissed. Flying to Las Vegas on the promise of a total escape, Jazz plans to be Jasmine for just one night, because tomorrow she plans to re-up for another five years.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great menage story from Ms. Long

  • By M.B. on 04-18-13

Great menage story from Ms. Long

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

Reviewed: 04-18-13

If you could sum up Retreat Hell! She Just Got Here in three words, what would they be?

Semper fi thrice :-)

Who was your favorite character and why?

That's hard - all three were so likable. I really liked Jazz - she was one of the guys for so long as a Marine and wanted to explore being a woman so badly. Her transformation was very fun to listen to :-).

What about Christine Padovan’s performance did you like?

Her alto tones are so pleasant to listen to. I enjoy how she voices male characters and makes them so real.

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

I felt bad for Logan, thinking he may not be able to overcome his injuries to be with a woman. But definitely, I was grinning with the end results :-).

Any additional comments?

Love Ms. Long's ability to give her characters such depth in only a short story format!

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Entwined Erotica: Volume 1

  • Unbound, All 4 Stories
  • By: Cecilia Tan, Lacey Michaels, Debra Hyde, and others
  • Narrated by: Christine Padovan
  • Length: 15 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    2.5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Performance
    2.5 out of 5 stars 24
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 27

Entwined is a new experiment in erotica, bringing together all-star authors and fans into a single immersive experience. In each volume, one award-winning author contributes the opening scenes to a new erotic adventure. But when the heroine reaches a decision point, the narrative fractures into wildly different pathways from hardcore BDSM to lighter, more romantic fare, and all of the shades in between, listeners can listen to and replay high-quality fractures, each written by an award-winning erotica author in her own genre.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hot, Innocent and Smart!

  • By Mark on 04-09-13

Way better than Fifty Shades of Grey!!!

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

Reviewed: 03-12-13

What a great concept! Get a bunch of great authors together of different romance/erotica genres, take the same beginning and write a different story in that author's genre on the same main character!

Not sure if this publisher will always offer this lower pricing structure on these stories on Audible, but if so, you definitely get more 'bang' for your buck buying and listening to the 'Entwined' stories ;-)

Can't wait for Volume 2 to 'come' out !

4 of 4 people found this review helpful