Air Bound

A Sea Haven Novel, Book 3
Narrated by: Phil Gigante
Length: 12 hrs and 38 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (715 ratings)

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The sisters of Sea Haven, bound by the heart and the magical power of the elements, return in this soul-stirring new novel from Christine Feehan, number-one New York Times best-selling author of Spirit Bound....

For as far back as she can remember, Airiana Ridell has always been aware of her extraordinary gift. She can intuit revealing and illuminating "patterns" in the air around her - whether in a spray of mist, in billowing clouds, or in the dense swirls of an impenetrable fog. Her abilities led to her placement in a secret government training facility when she was a child, but everything changed after her mother was murdered.

Airiana fled the program, but she couldn’t outrun the desperate members of a shadowy cabal who want her, who need her, who will kill to get her. Kidnapped and held aboard a ship bound for dangerous seas, her only chance for rescue is Maxim Prakenskii. He has his reasons for helping her, but he isn’t about to reveal them to Airiana. Not yet. Not as the two are drawn together as moth to flame. Not when there are so many secrets yet untold that could shatter the quaint community of Sea Haven and all who reside there.…

©2014 Christine Feehan (P)2014 Penguin Audio
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Ah Those Hunky Prakinski's...

This book carries on a story line arc that actually began in the Drake Sister's series, which preceeds the Sea Haven Novel series chronologically. I'm not sure how well this book would stand alone. I've read this series and previous ones, so it's hard to un-know something and judge fairly, but I'm guessing it's much better having read the previous books in this series.

I bought and read Air Bound with something like lightening speed (for me) and a determined spirit. I love Phil Gigante, always do, so the narration was just to my liking. I'll get my small criticisms over with and out of the way first. There was one big reason I couldn't give this book 5 stars. I'm going to confess that my brain started auto muting fight scenes there for a while. There were just too many and there's one escape inspired fight that seems to go on for hours. Then the last few hours of the book were dedicated more to the developing relationship. Honestly, it would have been better if she'd mixed all that up a bit, cause too much of a good thing can go bad. Balance is everything in life, isn't it?

That problem aside, I really enjoyed the book. The Prakinski brothers are probably some of my most loved, sexiest, well written heroes in current genre fiction. Certainly, there are few heroes to equal them. They are a very good concept, and Ms Feehan can write a very good hero. When she gets it right, she gets it very very right. They are tortured heroes with special gifts. They are rugged, stalwart, brave and super smart government weapons. They ooze sexy.

Arianna is a prodigal genius. She was sent to a "government" school when young to work on her weather harnessing projects. Her mother winds up tortured to death, and Arianna leaves the "school" and stops her work on the program. Now the US government, the Russian government, a Greek billionaire biker boss and her father...wait huh? Her father?... are all out there looking for her, and even Maxim isn't always sure he can tell the good guys from the bad, but he's protecting her from any and all threats.

It's a great addition to the series. I'm not sure about how it would stand alone, but I would recommend reading "Drake Sisters", then "Sea Haven" novels. They start out rather light and fluffy, but seems to get darker and darker, or take on more serious, disturbing even, issues. These books are not appropriate for teens. Both their sexual content and discriptions of sexual child trafficking would likely be inappropriate or disturbing for a young teen. Of course, I leave things like that to the parents discretion, but from the commonly accepted norm, I'd say this book definitely falls into the "adult" category.

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One name is just killing me

Would you listen to Air Bound again? Why?

Yes. I enjoy the story.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I don't think I could pick a favorite character.

Any additional comments?

I normally enjoy Phil Gigante's performances, but the way he screwed up Levi's name all through the book almost ruined the entire book for me. I cringed every time he said Levi's name. I'm not at all sure how Phil came up with "Lavey" as the pronunciation for Levi. Ugh.

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OMG!! The narrator!!!!

What made the experience of listening to Air Bound the most enjoyable?

Story is good....But I can't even write a good review because goodness I struggled to listen to this book. The narrator was freaking horrible he totally destroyed the book!

If you’ve listened to books by Christine Feehan before, how does this one compare?

Awful due to the horrible narrator!

How could the performance have been better?

NEW NARRATOR! On top of the awful narration he mangled the other characters names (Levi's) that just makes it so hard to listen and get into the book!

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

NO!!!!!!!!!!!! I couldn't stand the narrator. If not for him I probably would have gotten through most of the book but I've had to really break it because the narrator just destroyed the book.

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Poor narration

I love Feehan's books, but the narration was so poor for this book that I could not even finish it. Sorry Ms. Feehan.

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Narration was painful

I like the story and enjoyed the first two but not sure I can finish this one. The voice of the narrator is so hard to listen to. Very disappointing

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Great story -HORRIBLE narration !

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

Different narrator would have made this MUCH better. Maybe if I hadn't listened to the two previous books this would have been okay but the narrator kept mispronouncing key character names! To the point I wanted to scream! Didn't he listen to the previous books? Where was the director and didn't they listen to the previous books? If I could give 0 stars on performance I would.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

The narrator evidently didn't listen to the previous books and kept mispronouncing character names. Plus, his feminine voice for the main character was extremely annoying. This was a terrible choice of narrator.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Air Bound?

If I could play editor I wouldn't change the storyline just the narrator. Not to beat a dead horse, but the narrator was horrible!

Any additional comments?

I have really enjoyed this series but the narrator ruined the audio version of this book.

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Very repetitive.

Would you try another book from Christine Feehan and/or Phil Gigante?

Yes to both.

Would you be willing to try another book from Christine Feehan? Why or why not?

I like most of her books a lot but this was difficult to complete because of repetition in the love scenes and how she belongs to him. Really!

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

He did a good job. I would like to hear another book by him. Unfortunately this was not a good story. Don't know how he kept a straight face. Then maybe he didn't. Anyway, if he was laughing you certainly could not tell.

Did Air Bound inspire you to do anything?

I hate to be sarcastic but it inspired me to be more careful if I purchase more in this series!

Any additional comments?

Again, I usually do like her books.

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It was just...OK

Feehan's stories are losing their lustre for me. They used to grab me immediately, this time it took 4 chapters before I began to be interested in this story. The stories are now chock full of really sappy, unrealistic, dialogue between the main characters. It gets nauseating after awhile and the last 5 chapters were constant sap. Going back to read her older stories where women didn't fall into a man so easily.

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good story

just a critique of the narrator. he's got a great voice to listen to, but he kept saying Levi as Lay-vee rather than as Lee-vie. since it wasn't the first in the series he could've listened to the other books to make sure he said the names the same and Levi is a fairly standard biblical name.

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Good story, bad female voice impersonation

It is a well written story. Unfortunately the male narrator trying to speak like a female made the heroine sound like a whiny, spoiled, unitelligent character. Very difficult to enjoy and immerse myself in the story as a result. I tried but could not finish. I will need to purchase the book to find out the ending. Very disappointed

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