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Publisher's Summary

To most, they are animals—even when in human form. They are to be collared and kept on the fringes of society, scorned because they are feared, hated for their extraordinary powers. And attorney Kim Fraser has to go right into the heart of their lair. It’s her job to defend those in need. But there’s absolutely nothing defenseless about Liam Morrissey. His soft Irish lilt and feline grace can’t disguise his sheer strength. Nor can the silver chain at his throat, designed to control the aggression of his kind, completely reassure her that this man has been tamed. Yet when a feral shifter begins to stalk them both, Liam is the only one she trusts with her life. She’ll let him claim her—for her protection, for her pride, and for a passion that knows no bounds.

©2004 Jennifer Ashley (P)2010 Audio Realms, Inc.

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slow moving not much different than a teenage love

the story was good but too slow, make a nice 3 hr but it lagged and I found my self guessing at what might be happening, thinking what should be happening. forced myself to finish and it is going back, a credit is too much for a decent 3 hr story that took much longer to tell. Narrative good and I am seeing others in the series rating 5 so I will try maybe one more but I am not sure of that either.

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Don't judge a book by narrator - Read instead

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

No, the narrator removes the entire experience of the book. I wish it could be republished with a different narrator. I'll never purchase another book read by Traci Odom. Her Irish accent is decent, the cadence of the speech is choppy and the inflection between the female character or any character really and the regular narrative content is non-existent. You have to concentrate hard to follow the flow of speech to make sure you don't miss what is said versus what is thought, or just narrative speech. There's no emotion. It's as if she's reading an instruction manual instead of an entertaining book.

What did you like best about this story?

Reading it myself. I enjoyed it much more instead of listening to it on audio. And that's a shame, I've listened to many audiobooks and this is the first narrator that I've really really disliked to the point of will make sure she's not the narrator of another I purchase.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Traci Odom?

Brianna Bronte or even Maxine Mitchell, Stella Bloom ANYONE else I think. It would be really nice if this could be re-released with another narrator. It's a disservice to the entire series that this is the quality of the first book of the series.

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

If it had been read by another narrator, yes.

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  • Julie
  • United States
  • 01-17-14

AWSOME READ!!!!

If you could sum up Pride Mates in three words, what would they be?

AMAZING SHIFTER STORY!

Who was your favorite character and why?

I really Loved the Hero Liam, but the other characters like, Glory, Conner, Dillon and Oh! don't forget the bad guys. They all really made the story come Alive. OH! The NARRATOR DID AN AWSOME JOB WITH THE ACCENTS FOR THE CHARACTERS!!!

Which character – as performed by Traci Odom – was your favorite?

LIAM!

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

The fight scene between Liam and Fergus.

Any additional comments?

NARRATOR DID AND FANTASTIC JOB!!! LOVED THE SHIFTER STORY!

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  • Linda
  • FALLS CHURCH, VA, United States
  • 09-30-13

What an interesting twist for a Shifter storyline!

What made the experience of listening to Pride Mates the most enjoyable?

I love the accents and acceptance of Pride family.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Liam was my favorite - strength, humor, honesty and his reaction to kissing!

Which character – as performed by Traci Odom – was your favorite?

Liam's irish accent was good for someone not Ireland

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

Cried because the limitations of humans to put a lock on their necks. Reminded me of slavery from back in the day.

Any additional comments?

Can't wait for to read the next book.

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  • Jade
  • Lyndhurst, OH, United States
  • 09-11-13

Average Series with Predictable Outcomes

I was looking for a great shifter / supernatural romance. This one was only mediocre. The story lines throughout the series were okay, but very predictable. And the romance scenes... I was like seriously? I'm more about the story than the sex, so perhaps this series just wasn't a good selection for me.

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Mixed feelings

This book had a terrific idea, and I think I would have enjoyed it; if it didn't have such prejudicial overtones. I mean, I get that it was crucial to the story line, but honestly... the heroine spent most of the book complaining about reasons she couldn't be with the hero that sounded (to me) racist against shifters.

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  • M
  • 08-11-13

Like they said, narration not so much

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Probably not. I read this after finishing Nalini Singh's psy-changeling series and it just doesn't have the punch that series does. The specifics of this world with Shiftertown and more aggressive animal natures and the civil rights issues of shifters is cool and all, but the romance fell flat, and this is at heart a romance, so...

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

I had tried the Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie but couldn't get into it. This one I finished, so I'd say I like it better. But in general, I prefer PNR to period romance.

Did Traci Odom do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

I guess. The narration was fast and made it hard for me to get into the story. I read that this would be an issue, but I wanted to give the series a shot, and since she doesn't narrate the others, I figured I could survive a mediocre narration. Being pre-warned, it was fine.

Any additional comments?

I didn't NOT like the book, I just didn't think it was great. I'm going to download the second book in the series, since other reviewers mention it gets better, and I'm anal and need to read from the beginning if I'm going to read a series. I can't say if it will have been worth it just yet but I hope the typical stiff first book problems in this are the same that all these series' seem to have and I'll totally love book 2.

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Slow start, needs some polish

Narration: It started off sounding like the story was recorded slower than it was played back, so the words were rapping out like bullets, and if there was any minor cadence changes, they got lost in the rapid speaking. Trying to listen on half speed took everything down too slow. However, the narration improved as the book went along, but the start was rocky.

Story: With the exception of my major gripe below, it was an enjoyable listen that could have used a little more polishing.

One of the more difficult things to get right is a world that's somewhat based off of ours. On one hand, it's easier to evoke an image with less words. On the other, if the author fails to provide a decent rational for significant divergences, it makes the whole story harder to enjoy. The level of government discrimination against shifters in this story was one of those unexplained over the top grumbles.

The same social effect could easily have been achieved if the author had used a "right to discriminate" guarantee or something along those lines. Adding in a 20 year time frame to get used to shifters and not having any mention of shifter groupies or other fringe pro-shifter or at least shifter-neutral forces in human society was a failure in world building.

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A different kind of love story

Would you listen to Pride Mates again? Why?

I had to start this one three times before I got past the very slow start. But after getting into the initial chapters, I found a good story line. I'd probably listen to it in the future, but am looking forward to the rest of the series now.

What other book might you compare Pride Mates to and why?

Suzanne Wright's series Phoenix Pack is along the same lines as this series. Both are a little light on the character development. Though both are good, light listens.

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

Traci might not have been a good first choice for the narrator, but she did fairly well with the story. Needs work on her Irish accent.

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

The suspense at the end was by far the best in the book.

Any additional comments?

This is not my favorite type of book, but once in a while I need a change. This is definitely a change from the normal novel listen.

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Story = Good/Exciting, Narrator = Bad/Indifferent

The good part:
I think this is a good shifter-story. It is a bit different, but in a interesting way. I found that I really liked it very much. Of course for me it is always a +, when a story contains a sexy dominat alpha male, a female, who do not take crap from anybody, romance, action and hot sexy scenes. This story contains all of that and a really intriguing story.

The bad part:
As I said it is a good story, but the naration is very boring and dissatisfactory. I tried the "sample" and I did think it sounded a bit indifferent, but I thought I could ignore it. I couldn't! The narrator, Traci Odom, made the charactors very uninteresting. It just lacked emotion and was very unimpressive, passive and boring. I only lasted about 10 minutes into the story, then I had to stop.

I was still excited about the story, so I bought the Kindle version and read it myself. I am glad I did it, because it is a good story and very entertaining.

I would definitely recommend the book, but not the audiobook - except if it gets re-released with a new narrator.