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Atmospheric, but spoiled by 2-person narration

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3 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 17-12-19

This story kept me entertained for a good 3 days during my daily commute. The storytelling is engaging and atmospheric, but I found the two-person narration (a woman doing most of the narration with a man doing the male character parts) not at all to my taste.

Brilliant continuation of Terra's tale

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 17-12-19

This brilliant continuation of werewolf Terra's tale kept me entertained for a week on my daily commute. The story was engaging, and -- as always -- Aimee Easterling's storytelling style delves deep into the interaction between the human and wolf parts of each character. The addition of the adorable bloodling pup Ember was just the icing on the cake!

Good as always, but a bit short changed at the end

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-12-19

As is my practice, I listened to this audio book during my daily commute, and it brightened up some rather dull November drives for a week and a half.

As always, Aimee Easterling dives into the inner byplay between the characters and their inner wolves. We really feel they're dual-natured, not just people who happen to sprout fur every now and then. That does slow the narration down at times, but when the action happens it's fast and furious!

I felt slightly short changed by the ending, in that at least one of the various threats the pack faced was dealt with out of sight of the main characters (already dispersed enough as they were was), meaning it was only reported to them secondhand afterwards. That rather cheated me out of experiencing the resolution of that particular plot line directly.

That said, I'll definitely keep following this series!

Enlivened my daily commute!

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-12-19

I listened to this audiobook during my daily commute, and I almost found myself looking forward to the drive!

The plot was maybe a little predictable, with no massive surprises, but I loved Jennifer Wright's sassy, mouthy (and often foulmouthed) heroine. I'd certainly listen to the next one in the series.

Perfect blend of humour, pathos, and medical yuck!

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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 23-09-19

Following medical student Seth as he negotiates the ups and downs of life as a medical student and trainee doctor, this audio book really made my daily commute something to look forward to! Perfectly mixing humour and pathos, Seth learns how to cope with strange situations, oddball fellow students, obstructive supervisors and impenetrable bureaucracy, making a difference where he can, despite the impact on his personal life, and all while maintaining a facade as being the man who “doesn’t get frazzled.”

Switching between stomach-churningly gross, laugh out loud funny, and downright romantic, one moment we’re with Seth on a date and the next we’re following him into an internal medicine chapter entitled “brown splatters” or hearing him recount the tale of a student who is so convinced a patient has priapism that she can’t stop physically examining his erection. The resulting mix could be a mess, but David Z Hirsch instead creates a perfect blend that puts me through the wringer but left me uplifted and grateful for the sort of doctor that Seth looks like becoming.

This series just gets better and better!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 31-08-19

With good dollops of action, intrigue and humour, this audiobook kept me entertained on my daily commute.

This series is really getting into its stride.

No spoilers, but the campsite territory marking scene is a gem. Werewolves engaged in a literal pissing contest!

Enthralling wolf shifter story

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-08-19

Absolutely loved it! As always, Aimee Easterling gives us a wolf shifter heroine who is tormented but strong and independent. And Aimee's storytelling style really lets you see inside her head. Pack dynamics and wolf instincts are to the fore, so these shifters are far from being mere humans with fur.

The narration is clear and even. I had no trouble following it, even through phone speakers in rush-hour traffic.

Immersive werewolf action, even better than book 1

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-08-19

When half wolf-shifter Fen's mate forces her into making contact with her estranged mother, he proverbial hits the fan very quickly. Her mate's away on duty, her mother gains a stalker, there's a young rogue on the loose, and Fen's soon under suspicion from the town law enforcement. Can she bring the rogue under her wing, discover who bears a grudge against her mother, and stay out of jail - all without letting everyone know there are werewolves in their midst?

As before, Aimee's writing style focuses heavily on the inner thoughts, urges, and byplay between Fen and her submerged inner wolf, and her mental links to her mate and other werewolves, really immersing you in what it might be like to be a two-natured shifter, part human and part animal. And this story is even more engaging than the last. I absolutely loved it!

Really dives into the head of a wolf shifter

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 17-07-19

Half wolf-shifter Fen has found herself at the head of her own mini pack, on the run, hampered by her timid inner wolf who gives her insufficient authority and a pack-mate called Ginger with a tendency to get them all in trouble. Into the mix come two new prospective pack members - a cowboy and an enforcer. Can either be trusted?

We're thrown straight into the action, with a bar fight prompted by Ginger's showing off, but from there the plot seems a little slow to ramp up to the real crisis. Partly that's due to the storytelling style, which focuses heavily on the inner thoughts, urges, and byplay between Fen and her submerged inner wolf. The upside of this is that you really get a feeling that Fen is truly dual natured, not just a human who happens to sprout fur on the full moon. I wouldn't have liked to lose that insight into her inner life, but its impact on the pacing stops me giving this 5 stars.

Sci-fi first contact romance: a tale of two halves

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4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-07-19

This story is very much a tale of two halves. When the humanoid alien Astraeus collides with a human space exploration ship, the crew are astonished that he could survive the vacuum of space but are frustrated over his refusal to communicate, except with one particular crew member, and his presence soon provokes conflict.

Personally, I found this part a bit slow, some of the characters a little wooden, and the eco morality background a bit heavy handed. I enjoyed the budding romance, though. The story soon gets more complex, however. Then, when the proverbial hits the fan the story really switches gear, becoming a rollicking fast-paced sci-fi action thriller, though still with the romance story line never far from the fore. To me, this is where the author really seems to get into her stride, and I loved it!