Jin Rayne is having trouble adjusting to the new life he's supposed to love. Instead of adapting to being the mate of tribe leader Logan Church, Jin can't get past the fact that his lover was straight before they met. He's discovered the joy in belonging to Logan but fears his new life could disappear at a moment's notice, despite Logan's insistence that they are forever, end of story.
Jin wants to trust Logan, but that desire will be put to the test both by a rival tribe leader and by a startling revelation about Jin's existence. At stake is Jin's life and his place in the tribe. If he's going to survive to see Logan again, he'll have to release his fear and freely accept the bond, for only then can he truly trust.
©2012 Mary Calmes (P)2012 Mary Calmes
Well not much to say except that I really enjoy listening to m/m audiobooks and especially Mary Calmes stories
The book is excellent there's no doubt about that. I was really excited to see that it finally was released as an audiobook and I immediately bought it.
What I found though was less than satisfactory. The narrator read too quickly, like he was rushing through it, and with barely enough stops in his narrations to let things sink in. Not much diversity in the voices nor the tone of voice depending on the mood the characters were in.
Really this was a disappointment especially when compared to the first book narrated by Sean Crisden.
Also in comparison with the first book, the terminology that Mary Calmes uses in her books for the Werepanthers, maahes, semel, reah etc, are read differently too. Don't know if they were read wrongly in the first book or in the second but it'd have been better if they were kept the same as they were in the first book so that at least there would be some sort of connection between the 2 books.
"Wonderful 2nd book, less than stellar narrator."
I love this genre and story line and was ecstatic to see the second book here. Unfortunately, I didn't pay attention to who the narrator was until after I had purchased the book. I was all set to hear Sean Crisden, and it was such a let down. I see that the first book has a different audio publisher so this explains the new narrator. I wish I had not purchased this book. Jeff Gelder's voice makes it difficult to follow which character is speaking at times, not to mention the monotone and dull recitation with a decided lack of inflection at times. Another problem is the difference in pronunciation of the special titles and words used here, but this just goes back to the different narrators. There are also several spots in this recording where the book just repeats itself. This just shows a lack in production control and very poor sound editing by this studio apparently. I have been an Audible listener almost since the company's beginning and isn't the first time I have noticed the quality change when audio publishers change and narrators change. Listeners like consistency and we all have our favorite authors and narrators. All in all, it is a great book and if you can get around the narrator, it is a great book in the genre.
"Such a shame..."
The narration was appalling!
The story itself; as in the printed version, is excellent.
Rerecord the entire thing with a different narrator who listened to the first story.
The story is great (when you read it on your own), the audiobook was so terrible to listen to that I deleted it shortly after chapter 1.
I read the book which was excellent, but the audiobook was PAINFUL to listen to.
If you listened to the first audiobook "Change of Heart" read by Sean Crisden and expect this one to be just as good- you're in for a rude awakening. Jeff Gelder is an awful AWFUL narrator. I got through chapter 1 and part of chapter 2 and couldn't listen to it anymore, I deleted it immediately. In my opinion it's better to listen to the text-to-voice option on your iDevice or Kindle, that's how bad it is.
1.) Monotone, the narration and lines from all the characters sound exactly the same.
2.) It sounds like one giant run-on sentence, no punctuation or punctuation in awkward places (sounds like a 5 year old reading to you).
3.) I'm not sure where to even start with the pronunciations:
Sean Cristen vs Jeff Gelder
"Semel Ray"........"Sem. el-ree"
There are probably more gross mispronunciations, but like I said- it was deleted shortly after the beginning of the second chapter. My advice, listen to the sample from the first book and compare it to the sample of the second. If the second sounds like nails on a chalkboard to you then don't buy it- because I promise it won't get any better. Such a shame, I'm not even going to consider buying the third audiobook just because it was narrated by the same guy who butchered this one.
"Great Story, BAD Narration!"
I'm a huge fan of Mary Calmes. The Change of Heart series is what made me crazy about her work. I've been waiting for this audiobook for quite some time now and was so disappointed. I've already bought the book on kindle and read it several times so I know the story. I've listened to the first book(Change of Heart) on audiobook several times too. The story is heartwarming, exciting, romantic, funny and interesting. But the narrator Jeff Gelder SUCKS! He obviously didn't read the novel prior to his weak performance. In the first book Mary has a few places where she explains pronunciations and definitions. Jeff Gelder not only mispronounced most of the books unique vocabulary and names. He also was monotone on certain parts. It was almost as if he was bored with reading and everyones voice was the same during regular dialogue. Then during a fight scene he would perk up and everyone would sound a little different. The inconsistency and mispronunciations were so frequent they took away from the book. My advice is to just buy the ebook on kindle or something. Don't waste your money on the audiobook because I know that if my first exposure to the series had been with his voice reading it I wouldn't want to read anything else by Mary Calmes.
I've always had narrators I look to see what book they've read so I can listen to them. But now I'm going to look and make sure Jeff Gelder isn't reading something before I buy it.
"Disappointing narration, but good story"
Really looked forward to this second book in the tri-book series. Again, enjoyed the story very much, but would have preferred that the performance was done with original narrator, Sean Crisden. Eagerly awaiting third book, Honored Vow, in the series....really hoping author will go back to Sean Crisden to narrate.
"Sean crisden was better"
This narrator sucked. Sean crisden the pervious narrator you could tell he did his homework on how stuff was suppose to be said. This narrator did not.
But...what happen to Crisden... It took me a minute to get adjusted to new narrator but other than that...this was a great progression of Jin and Logan's clan, relationship and story. I love when the story just keeps getting better and better, and thier's did.
A good credit. Don't buy, just wait for the credit unless you have book 1, then you might as well get this book and the 3rd one too.
Logan can't even protect his mate. Jin has been taken so many times but never rescued by Logan. Sean Crisden was the best narrator. why did they have to change narrator.
"This is better..."
Wasnt a fan of how the first book was stressed thrue and badly written, so after desiding to give the series another chanse I was happily suprised. This book was so much better and the narrator did a desent job even if I would have liked some difference to the characters voices.
"Not as good with the new narrator"
You have to have read book one to read this, so I’m not going into back-story details, this is a continuation of book one and not a stand-alone.
So Mary likes to torture her readers sometimes and this is one of those cases. Our MCs found one another in book one and now she’s gonna rip ‘em apart! (Kind of her specialty, isn’t it? LOL ) But when they reunite – MAN – super, super hot and very touching.
In addition to the external forces that try to keep these guys apart, Jin is still doubting Logan’s devotion. He’s not quite sure how much Logan sees him as his Reah vs an actual person to love.
There are some truly awful things that happen in this story – poor Crane! – and lots of violence. So - for those of you with a squeamish stomach – be forewarned – these are shifter’s whose animals are real and whose traditions are violent and who are capable and willing to do almost anything in the name of what’s “right”.
But… that being said… the relationship building between Logan and Jin is what romances are meant to be. Epic. Bigger than life. Involving the heart, mind, body and soul. They move through their tragedies and tribulations and build something rock solid and forged in steel.
4 of 5 stars
I’d say this is a matter of taste. Unfortunately, they changed narrators for book two from Sean Crisden (who I loved!) to Jeff Gelder (he does books two and three then Sean comes back for four and five). (From talking with people, I believe it had to do with scheduling and the publishers made the decision to move forward rather than waiting for Sean.) Some people really like Jeff Gelder’s narration style and though it’s nice to have one person do an entire series, having adequate narration is at least a plus. To me, Jeff’s job is only adequate, and not superlative. He doesn’t pronounce things the same as Sean and he’s not great with emotion. He doesn’t do accents and he’s a bit more monotone in his narration style.
Jeff Gelder isn’t bad to listen to and I wouldn’t avoid these two books because of him, but I am sad that Sean couldn’t do the entire series and I don’t think he does them justice.
What I recommend is to listen to the sample before you decide to buy – if you think it won’t bother you (or that you’d like it!) then go on ahead and enjoy. If it will make you crazy just read this and book 3 and go back to Sean for 4 and 5.
2 of 5 stars
Overall 3 of 5 stars
"Excellent Narration, Entertaining Sexy Story"
Jeff Gelder is an excellent narrator. People had become accustomed to the equally excellent voice of Sean Crisden, but were unwilling to give anyone else a fair hearing. Besides, I think Crisden can sometimes sound very one note with little color in his voice--other than humor. When he is good, he's at the top of heap, but I think Gelder did a superior job with conveying a character's power.
The close relationships and intimate situations very intense and fulfilling.
Logan Church. His voice was rich and powerful just as one would expect from the leader of a community where domination is everything.
Domin Thorne would be a witty and interesting dinner partner. There are hinted at depths to Domin that I would like to explore.
Sit back and listen to the deep mellifluous voice of Jeff Gelder charm you and entice you into a fantastic, yet frightening, world.
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