Once upon a time, in an alleyway in the slums of the City of Lockes, a young and somewhat lonely boy named Sam Haversford turns a group of teenage douchebags into stone....
When my ex walks into the resort bar with his new husband on his arm, I want nothing more than to prove to him that I've moved on. Thankfully, the sexy stranger sitting next to me....
Four original, unabridged, full-cast productions of Gail Carriger's most beloved fantasy short stories....
As the landlord of The Dragon's Lair and leader of The Black Dragons Motorcycle Club, Axel Carmichael has seen it all and done it all....
On his way home from a meeting of the North American werewolf council, Armand La Marche is stopped in his limousine....
Talon Valdez knew when he transformed into an enhanced human, his life and his dreams were finished. Reviled, mistrusted, and often locked away....
A powerful Alpha wolf shifter and a strong-willed human overcome traditions and uncover long-buried secrets to fulfill their destiny as true mates....
Raised among humans, Ori Jones only discovered he was an avian shifter six months ago. Unable to complete a full shift until he reaches his avian maturity....
The last thing half-dragon, half-fairy private investigator Twig Starfig wants to do is retrieve a stolen enchanted horn from a treacherous fae, but there's no denying the dazzlingly gorgeous unicorn....
Senior Inspector Roku MacCormick of the Chinatown Arcane Crimes Division faces a pile of challenges far beyond his human-faerie heritage....
When homicide detective Dexter J. Daley’s testimony helps send his partner away for murder, the consequences - and the media frenzy - aren’t far behind....
After Roman is in an accident that leaves him physically scarred and emotionally distant, Quade is the only one who can get through to him....
The Kingdom of Askara has been torn apart by conflict for centuries, where humans exist as subservient beings to their werewolf masters....
Tucked away in the California mountains, Mad Creek has secrets to keep, like the fact that half the town consists of "quickened" - dogs who have gained the ability to become human....
Brian Townsend was having one hell of a week. He was rejected by his parents, kicked out of his pack, and now his car breaks down on his way south. What else could go wrong....
Luca McGrath may be returning to Napa Valley, California, as a promising chef with dreams of starting his own restaurant and winery, but his heart still lives with the bad-boy son of a billionaire....
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Prince Allen has trained his entire life to follow in the footsteps of his illustrious mother....
A snowstorm in the South - on New Year's Eve - is a perfect recipe for a catastrophe. After two soul-crushing bad breaks, Kirk's waiting for disaster number three to strike when, naturally, two stray cats arrive on his doorstep during the storm and decide to make themselves at home. Tenderhearted Kirk lets them stay, even though there's something decidedly odd about his overly friendly felines.
Out of the punishing weather and full of tuna, Dolf and Tal are happy to be snug in Kirk's house. But then their human goes outside for firewood and suffers a nasty fall that leaves him unconscious. Now the two cats have no choice but to reveal themselves.
Kirk wakes up to find the two kitties are actually Dolf and Tal. They're cat shifters - and his destined mates. Being part of a feline threesome is enough for Kirk to grapple with, but soon he learns they come from a clowder that doesn't believe humans and shifters should mix. Kirk knew those two cats would be trouble. Little does he know the real trouble lies ahead.
I would have loved this book if I had read it. The narrator was terrible and at times almost ruined it. However, the author's story was different and strong enough to keep me going. With a baby at home I don't get time to sit and read but I wish I could have with this one.
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Any additional comments?
1.5 Stars for Narration <br/><br/>It makes me unbelievably sad to give this rating - because the story is fun, sexy, dynamic, and definitely worth 4 stars - but the narration was HORRIBLE. I feel terribly that the author's very good, very interesting, and very well envisioned work was showcased as badly as it was by Ronald Ray Strickland's narration.<br/><br/>Yes, I said it. The narration is all capitals BAD. Strickland's timing, lack of character voice delineation, the editing, hell...everything was bad. It was like Strickland has never read a book aloud before, got put in a sound booth and told to go crazy, and someone was hoping it might pay off. Well, guess what? It did not pay off. Strickland has odd times where he doesn't enunciate particularly well, but then will suddenly over-enunciate. His speech is halting and then flows almost unnaturally. Also, there were too many times where the audio was badly edited/spliced and suddenly the sound would explode.<br/><br/>Now was it abysmal? No. I've heard worse and, luckily, the story itself saves it from being completely unlistenable. I kept listening because I really wanted to know what happens with Dolf, Tal and Kirk. But I would not recommend anyone get the audio for this.<br/><br/>I would definitely recommend the story - just not the audio.<br/>
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?
A better narrator. One who can actually read the words. He had horrible diction and no character distinction.
What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?
Liked the shifter m/m/m aspect. That was cool.
How could the performance have been better?
See above. You need a way better actor and performer. This guy was a total amateur.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
Good story but the narration took away from my enjoyment of the book. Very disappointed.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
I really enjoyed the story, but the narration left a lot to be desired. It sounds very awkward and stilted and makes it hard to fully enjoy the book. I would have enjoyed reading this story a lot more than listening to it.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
Kirk is having a bad… life so far. His partner has left him, his house is falling apart and though he has his own garage – it’s early days and he worries about every penny. Suddenly, on a snowy new year’s night, 2 cats show up on his door. Little does he know these aren’t your average cats and they are in fact shifters and his mates!
Dolf and Tal are already mates when they scent Kirk. They both know he is their (uncommon but not impossible) third mate. They petition the alpha for the right to claim him and bring him into their “clowder” or group of cats. They are accepted… but that is where the easy stuff ends and the tough stuff begins.
Though it doesn’t take long, Kirk has to be convinced of the whole mating, shifting, moving part of his new life. The clowder is less than welcoming and this puts a rift in their relationship. To add to that, someone is targeting Kirk and physically attacking him as well.
Luckily, the clowder joins together to keep Kirk safe and we end up with a very HEA.
I loved this book! It was exciting and a unique but still traditional take on shifter romances. The threesome really worked for me. I thought that each truly added to the relationship and though Dolf and Tal were there together first, Kirk really added a needed dynamic that kept them closely bound.
I didn’t like a lot of the very light BDSM between Kirk and Dolf (not my taste) but it was mild enough I could skim it.
I hadn’t read this author before but I will definitely be looking for more from her in the future.
Hmmmmmm. Well, I like Ronald Ray Strickland’s voice. It’s very smooth and easy to listen to. He tries hard to infuse emotion into his reading and he does a little bit of voice differentiating. But… his voice doesn’t match the characters – they are very proper and crisp and his voice is just a bit too relaxed. The parts of the story that wasn’t dialog also came across very flat and monotone.
According to Audibles this is only his second narration, so I’m hoping that in time he’ll improve this technique. I also think he was matched poorly for this story, so that’s something he can’t control, either.
I think, overall, that though this didn’t add to my experience it didn’t detract, either. I loved the book and if you can’t read it, listening to this is a nice way to experience it, if not the most perfect way.
So… I stick with 4.5 of 5 stars as my rating – I still recommend it highly and if you can’t read it, don’t be afraid to listen to this very capable narration.
Audio 4 of 5
overall 4.5 stars
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
I recommend that you read the book rather than listen to it. The story is an interesting (in a good way) tale and the characters are like-able. The narrator ruins it though. It sounds as though he is reading a textbook.
What disappointed you about Trouble Comes in Threes?
The narration. It was terrible. <br/><br/>It got worse the further into the book you got. I was reminded again and again of being in grade school and the awkward feeling when the class took turns reading material out loud and someone who wasn't a fluent reader took a turn. I felt bad for them - but seriously, should this person be narrating audiobooks? <br/><br/>Surely it is the editor/director's fault as well for not stepping in to either improve performance, rehearse it more, or bite the bullet and suggest replacing the Narrator. I wish I had purchased the ebook instead of the audio book, it's that bad.
What could M.A. Church have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?
Without including any spoilers - I felt that Kirk accepted the transition from cats to shifters/mates/threesomes SO quickly - surely that would take a bit of getting used to, but no. This was even before there was any affection between them.<br/><br/>I would have liked to know what he was thinking that these huge changes were no big deal for him!<br/>
Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Ronald Ray Strickland?
Any other Narrator who does Dreamspinner books!
Any additional comments?
I liked seeing how a mated pair found their relationship enhanced by a third and that Kirk met different needs for Dolf and Tal.<br/>
The storyline is cute, but the narration is horrible. I wouldn't waste a credit on this if I were you. I took a chance on it because the narrator got mixed reviews. I managed to listen all the way through but it was painful.
As far as the story goes, the characters were likable. No one really stands out to me, but that might change if I read it myself. Heat level is about 3.5
I received a free copy of this audiobook to listen to and review for Wicked Reads.
I’m not entirely sure of how to rate Trouble Comes in Threes as there were parts of the story I loved and parts that had me rolling my eyes in frustration. To be honest, I’m not going to go into much detail or discussion about the things that had me rolling my eyes because I suspect that for the most part, they were personal annoyances and I don’t want to negatively affect someone else’s opinion regarding the book, nor do I want to risk spoiling the book because there’s a romantic suspense thread that plays out that I wasn’t expecting based on the blurb – which was actually one of the things that increased my enjoyment of the book.
I found the relationship dynamic that develops between the two mated cat shifters, Dolf and Tal, and their human mate, Kirk, to be quite fascinating. In light of the anti-human prejudice that seems to pervade the cat clowders, it would seem that Dolf and Tal’s acceptance of Kirk as their mate occurred too easily. However, when Dolf explains the mating scent and how he responded to it upon meeting Tal (and vice versa for Tal), it was relatively easy to understand the need that compelled the shifters to follow their human mate so that they could learn more about him, and later defended their right to claim their mate to a less than receptive collection of clowder members. As I said, the actual relationship dynamic between the trio was fascinating in how it balanced out each partners’ needs – a balance which we learn had not been fully achieved when it was just Tal and Dolf, even if they didn’t fully realize it until Kirk’s arrival. Kirk truly was a wonderful blend of dominance and submissiveness, knowing when to hold his ground and when to back down. While I did think that Kirk’s acceptance of Tal and Dolf’s shifter nature progressed far quicker than I would have expected, I thought that in the end, it played out well.
The narrator, Ronald Ray Strickland, have a lovely voice and did a nice job in his storytelling. I will admit that I relied upon the point of view prompt at the beginning of each chapter quite a bit so as not to get confused as to which of the three men were narrating at that point. There were a few occasions when Strickland’s subtle voice changes for the different characters was a tad too subtle, leaving me confused as to who was talking a few times during the listen. As an aside, I did find that twice during my listening of the audiobook that there was an issue with the recording; however, neither occurrence affected my overall rating because they were easily rectified. Although not my favorite of Church’s books, I did enjoy the audiobook edition of Trouble Comes in Threes and am looking forward to listening to the next book in the series soon.