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Shades of Gray Audiobook

Shades of Gray: A KGI Novel, Book 6

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Publisher's Summary

The Kelly Group International (KGI): a super-elite, top secret, family-run business. Qualifications: high intelligence, rock-hard body, military background. Mission: hostage/kidnap victim recovery. Intelligence gathering. Handling jobs the U.S. government can't...

P. J. and Cole were sharpshooting rivals on the same KGI team and enjoyed a spirited, uncomplicated camaraderie. Until the night they gave in to their desires and suddenly took their relationship one step further. In the aftermath of their one-night stand, they're called out on a mission that goes terribly wrong, and P. J. walks away from KGI, resolved not to drag her teammates into the murky shadows she’s poised to delve into.

Six months later, Cole hasn't given up his search for P. J., and he's determined to bring her back home where she belongs. Bent on vengeance, P. J. has plunged into a serpentine game of payback that will make her question everything she's ever believed in. But Cole - and the rest of their team - refuse to let her go it alone. Even if it means sacrificing their loyalty to KGI, and their lives...

©2012 Maya Banks (P)2012 Penguin Audio

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    Jodie Laurel, IN, United States 03-12-15
    Jodie Laurel, IN, United States 03-12-15 Member Since 2010
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    "Good story...not so good narrator"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    A different narrator or just Adam Paul not trying to be such a hick. And don't get me wrong, I'm a proud country girl myself! But it was just too much, too high pitched, too blah.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Adam Paul’s performances?

    Yes - I first heard him narrate When Day Breaks (my first KGI book). He was great, perfect in fact. So maybe he needed time to work out the issues.


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    jenny 03-03-15
    jenny 03-03-15
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    "The Narrator is Terrible!"
    What made the experience of listening to Shades of Gray the most enjoyable?

    I still Love this Series, this has honestly been one of the Best Series I've Bought. But this Narrator ruins the Audible experience


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    I have no idea why they would have stopped using Harry Berkeley, I wish with all that I have that they would have used him for all of the books, he was so amazing! This new Narrator is TERRIBLE his normal reading voice isn't terrible, but everytime he tries to speak as one of the men he Literally sounds Like Gomer Pyle. Having your lead alpha males sound Like an Aaron Neville song really kills the sex appeal, in fact it kills your ability to like the men in this book at all, I just want them to shut up, it takes away my love for all of these Characters.


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

    I cried everytime the Narrator tried to talk for one of the Men


    Any additional comments?

    Please go Back to Harry Berkeley for any future Books!

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    Karen G. Germantown, Tn United States 02-07-15
    Karen G. Germantown, Tn United States 02-07-15 Member Since 2013

    Karen G.

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    "Narrator gave my Alpha males a vagina!!!!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Shades of Gray to be better than the print version?

    NO!!!! The narrator has ruined this book!!! He made the Alpha males all sound weak.


    What did you like best about this story?

    This story had the potential to be very powerful but because of the awful narration it lacks the emotion that this story contains. I will READ the book and NEVER listen to another book from this narrator. Watch for the name, if he narrates a children's book or maybe an Elmer Fudd book then he's your narrator but romance, mystery and suspense novel then NO do not listen. You will regret it.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Awful!! Makes fun of southern people! The accents are terrible and the alpha males sound like weak girl!!! Very hard to like a strong male when this idiot makes them sound like cartoon characters.


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

    The traumatic scene with PJ could have been very moving but again narrator just killed this book.


    Any additional comments?

    Would like to get my money back since I will not listen to any books by this narrator again and even the ones that I have waiting to listen too. This was a extreme waste of money because I just can't listen to this jackass!!

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    Jenny Belknap 01-12-15
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    "Hate the new narrator!!!"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I Love Maya Banks KGI series! BUT..... this new narrator is horrible. I would recommend people read the books and not listen once you get to Shades of Gray. I was so looking forward to PJ's story and next Steeles story but i will NOT be listening to them that is for sure. There is no emotion when the narrator reads, all the voices sound the same and its hard to listen to, even for a short time. BRING HARRY BACK!!!


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    Bookworm 01-09-15
    Bookworm 01-09-15

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Narrator redeemed himself"
    Would you listen to Shades of Gray again? Why?

    Liked Cole and PJ


    What about Adam Paul’s performance did you like?

    Thank goodness the heavy and hick southern accent was not a part of this book. The last book may me hesitate to listen to this one. Adam Paul would do better if he sticks to a light drawl if any and focus on the differences in the characters.


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

    Preferred to break up over a couple of days.


    Any additional comments?

    I prefer one narrator for a series. Especially one that developed the sound of each character though out the series. Susan Ericksen does this the best with the In Death series by JD Robb.

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    Lillie 07-09-14
    Lillie 07-09-14 Member Since 2013
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    "FUNNY"
    Would you listen to Shades of Gray again? Why?

    Yes, this book was great. A little different from the other KGI stories, but the same concept.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Adam Paul?

    I did not like him as much as the other man. But, I might listen to him with another book not this series


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

    yes!


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    Teresa K des moines, iowa, United States 06-28-14
    Teresa K des moines, iowa, United States 06-28-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Narration just does not fit."
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Yes and no. I always enjoy books by this author, but I will have to read them from now on.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The twists and turns in the relationship of two people who must find a way to both work and love together.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    I am sure he would have been ok if he had started the series from the beginning. However, I just cannot get used to hearing Steel's voice in such a high pitch. It was like nails on a chalkboard!


    Do you think Shades of Gray needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No. Like all the KGI novels, I will enjoy updates in the books that follow.


    Any additional comments?

    These books are stand alone, but I would advise that next time there needs to be a change in narration for whatever reason, try to keep with the same type of voice at least. The southern accent does not make up for the change in pitch.

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    Sarah J. 06-22-14
    Sarah J. 06-22-14
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    "Great story; bad narrator"
    What made the experience of listening to Shades of Gray the most enjoyable?

    Love PJ & Cole's story - strong heroine. New narrator does HORRIBLE male voices. Everyone (regardless of geographical origin) has a southern accent and sounds constipated. Rio is the worst.


    What did you like best about this story?

    PJ is a strong heroine who saves herself.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Every male voice made me cringe.


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    Felina 06-18-14
    Felina 06-18-14
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    "Kick ass action and romance...and hot sex!"

    I read this book before I got the audio version and was impressed with it--so much so I quickly bought the previous books in the series as well as those since. Curiosity led me to try the audio version and I was not disappointed.

    The reading was not a dry repetition of the words. Mr. Paul brought the same emotion and life to the characters that I read in the print edition.

    Shades Of Gray is Book 6 of Maya Banks' KGI series about a private military unit made up of Alpha, former Spec Ops soldiers who happen to be brothers. I was very pleased to discover the women involved with the Kelly's--the one woman on either of the teams as well as their romantic interests--were as Alpha as the men themselves.

    The action is as hot as the characters but there is always a human edge to every action.

    Cole and P.J. finally act upon their mutual attraction just in time to be thrown into a mission that quickly goes sideways and leaves P.J. feeling like she has to leave her team in order to avenge herself on the men who raped her.

    Her decision hurts her teammates and pisses them off but *not* to the point of deserting her. When she needs them most, they're right there covering her back and supporting her in every decision. Including the one she's faced with: to return to KGI or let her unwelcomed resignation stand.

    The action is bloody, the character interaction tense in all the right places and the romance true to those involved. These are individual *people* and are portrayed as such in both print and audio.

    This book received some criticism due P.J.'s rape scene, but it was a major point in the story and Maya Banks handled it and the resulting trauma tastefully I thought. I also thought that those who criticized this have, for the most part, no problem with a character having a rape in her history. They just don't want to 'see' it. Which is not what happens here and I think skimming over it or merely referring to it would not have offered as strong a story.

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    Nyoka Brownstown, MI, United States 06-12-14
    Nyoka Brownstown, MI, United States 06-12-14 Member Since 2014

    Nyoka Mullins

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    "Crappy narrator"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    could not tollorate the narrator


    Would you ever listen to anything by Maya Banks again?

    not until she get's the narrator for the last book better


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    I wanted to toss my Kindle in the pool


    What would have made this romance irresistible?

    nothing


    Any additional comments?

    will not get the last edition because of the narrator

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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