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Brains, guts, and ruthless ambition should be enough for a woman to come out on top in any fight. Except when the battle is over love, all bets are off. Cain Casey was groomed from birth to take the reins of the Casey family enterprises, which just happens to be one of the major crime organizations in New Orleans. Surviving by never turning away from a fight and knowing how to win at all costs, Cain is as careful with her heart as she is with her business - until she meets Emma Verde. The farm girl from Wisconsin puts a hit out on Cain's heart and leads her down a dangerous road filled with great joy and devastating sorrow. The Devil Inside is the story of unexpected passion, a shattering betrayal, and the challenge of love put to the test. First in the Cain Casey Saga.

©2006 Ali Vali (P)2016 Bold Strokes Books Inc

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Great Story- poor narration

What did you love best about The Devil Inside?

The story line about a female gangster and her love for her family

What did you like best about this story?

It keeps you interested

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Trying to do voices which sounded like adolescents. A FBI agent needs to sound like she is older than 12 years old.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

When Cain saved Emma from being shot even though they were estranged

Any additional comments?

I would like to see the rest of this series in audible but with a different narrator

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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Narrator was Horrible

This is one of my favorite series by Ali Vali and I can't remember how many times I wrote Bold Stroke Books to get this on Audio. Derby Cain Casey is one series to have in your collection but I am so disappointed in the narrator that I want to scream. Hilarie just don't capture the characters of this book with her voice. One minute she trys to have the southern twang of New Orleans then the next it's gone. If Merrick is this strong black woman who's basically an assassinator how in the heck can you have her sounding like some simple pansy Uggghhh. Her voice for Merrick don't even come across intimidating. Cain is the head of a Mafia family but unfortunately you can't tell in this audio. And last but not least I couldn't believe the voice of Muriel when she was introduced sounding like some saductress or madam or what? Was that suppose to be a sexy Muriel. OMG you talk about major foo-pah BS with this narrator. Get the book, save yourself some irritation. The book is excellent, the story keeps you on the seat of your pants and believe me you'll be looking forward to reading book two, three & four.

7 of 9 people found this review helpful

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  • Amity,Ar.
  • 03-14-16

Awesome story!!

I love this book and have thought after reading it numerous times that it should been made into an audiobook. Now that it is it makes the story that much better. I love the series and wish there was another so we would know what the next Casey baby is.

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Great story but listening to it was painful

I loved the story. I had read it years ago when it was first released. I listen to a lot of books because I am working with my hands all day and it helps the days go by easier. I like to do use the whisper thing so I can read it at night. I don't usually read stories more than once but it had been a while and the audiobook was on sale.
The reading was horrible though. The voice she used for Emma was so annoying. The voice for the female FBI agent was painfully high and made her sound like a child. I don't understand why some of these genres end up with the same horrible person reading performing them. It make me not want to listen to any of these books.
I own the next book too but I just don't think I can listen to it. I suppose I'll give it a try in the hopes that enough people told her to change the annoying voices. If not, it will be another waste of money.
If this book looks good to you then I recommend buying the kindle version or paperback rather than listing to it. It is worth the read. It's a great series.

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terrible narrator

I gave it two stars because, despite the narration and terrible writing, it's a finished, published work, and that takes effort. I respect writing and the writer. this was painful to listen to. it took great strength to sit through it, and I listened to it as far as I did because the story itself had so much promise. it was a great idea, the telling terrible. at times it seemed short, it could've been a much longer work had the writer decided to elaborate a bit more. it felt chopped off and lazy. most of the lesbian fiction, at least most of what I've found, has consisted of the same premise: butch-femme, strong-weak, and some kind of life-threatening, come together circumstance towards the end. magical formula, often repeated, not so hard to pull off, until this. I couldn't finish listening to it, even though I was tempted to. it was too painful and cringing to continue, mostly because the narrator was really, really horrible. don't waste your credits on this book, but if tempted, avoid the displeasure of listening to it, and instead read it.

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Great story bad narration

I love this series and actually have the books which I've read once. The narration was not in keeping with the characters

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Ugh the narration

The story was refreshing in the sense it wasn't the typical lesbian romance arc of misunderstandings and then a happy ending. Think of a lesbian Irish godfather theme in New Orleans with a child custody twist. There are some really cheesy moments where you'll roll your eyes but it's a good story and worth the listen.

The narration was a huge turn off. Unfortunately the voice and the story did not connect. It was too high pitched and some of the characters came off childlike. In my opinion this probably caused a lot of folks to turn off listening, which is sad for the author.

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love Ali Vali

OK, I admit. I had already read this book and loved it. I am so pleased this series is going to be available on Audible. I hope they audition different narrators. This narrator's voice is too grating.

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worth the listen

What made the experience of listening to The Devil Inside the most enjoyable?

i liked the humor, kind of dry.

What other book might you compare The Devil Inside to and why?

don't really have one

How could the performance have been better?

much. i feel bad when i dis on a narrator, but they make or break the story. i think this story could have been so much better.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

uhhhmmm... i don't think it was really that kind of story.

Any additional comments?

i'm looking forward to book two, but i hope they try a different reader. sorry....<br/>

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Pretty Good

What did you love best about The Devil Inside?

The lady gangster. Love these kind of stories.

What did you like best about this story?

The Lady gangster.

Which scene was your favorite?

When she out witted the agents,<br/>

Who was the most memorable character of The Devil Inside and why?

The son. Pretty cool for 11.

Any additional comments?

Can't wait for sequel.

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  • Julie C.
  • 03-22-16

A good story spoiled by the wrong voice

I found the flashbacks annoying just like cains egomania but what made it virtually impossible to enjoy was the narrators voice. No attempt at a soft southern accent, no differentiation between characters. I am gutted that the performer ruined it for me. I'll read the books in future

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  • Frankimunk
  • 06-11-16

This is a favourite of mine

I listened to listened to this when I first purchased it, enjoyed it so much I listened again, because I really loved the story and the characters. However I don't like the narrators harsh voice and weird impressions, so would prefer it to be narrated by someone else, though this is something I think should be available on Audible, other AudioBook sites offer the same book but are read by a several people so that you can choose a favourite, something I like to do, but with Audible, it seems to be just the one option at the moment, so if you are unhappy with the narration, only a really good book can survive. THIS is a realy GOOD book! And am about to listen again because the second book has just been released, so I need to refresh my memory, end this and move on to the first sequel. Ali Vali has said she intends to write a series in this story, the first books ending has quite the cliffhanger, leaving soo many loose ends and different journeys these characters have open to travel, left completely open to hopes and speculation, it has been a while since this book was fitst available, it's really nice to have your Trilogies or series lined up. Like Philip Pullmans Dark Materials Trilogy, halfway through the first I ordered the next two. As with Chronicles of Ancient Darkness ~a 6 book series. I hope this series reaches many sequels. And despite not being the greatest narrator, you'll soon be absorbed in this story, if you ever liked the GodFather, this is the next best thing...imagine Katherine Moenneg as Derby.....