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Wealie

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  • Alpha Rising

  • Fallen Alpha, Book 1
  • By: Rebecca Royce
  • Narrated by: Mark Smith
  • Length: 2 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    1 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    1 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    1 out of 5 stars 1

In the first book of her exciting new series, Rebecca Royce invites you to a world where the death of the Alpha Prime has left a vacuum in the power structure binding the packs together. Now the alphas of each werewolf pack are on the brink of war. Negotiations will take skillful handling, dominant strength, and the discovery of old bonds long forgotten.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Terrible narration and poor prose!

  • By Wealie on 28-06-18

Terrible narration and poor prose!

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 28-06-18

Monosyllabic narration that inflected no emotion coupled with disjointed and clumsy prose. An overall lack of both plot and character development and zero world building.

  • Dark Heat

  • The Dark Kings Stories, #0
  • By: Donna Grant
  • Narrated by: Antony Ferguson
  • Length: 11 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1

The Dark Kings are sworn to defend an ancient legacy of dragon magic. But their fiercest challenge lies in the modern world, where a woman's love conquers all. These are their stories. Dark Heat gathers together these favorite stories of Donna Grant's Dark Kings.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A great set of prequel novels and bonus story

  • By Wealie on 20-06-18

A great set of prequel novels and bonus story

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 20-06-18

4 star prequel novella trilogy with bonus short story, which introduces the Dark Kings world and some of the key characters for the main Dark Kings Series by Donna Grant. The complication includes the prequel trilogy:

Dark Craving - 3 stars
Night's Awakening - 3 stars
Dawn's Desire - 4 stars
And the bonus story Passion’s Claim - 4 stars

I really enjoyed the prequel novellas and the bonus story was really sweet focusing on the next steps for the couples from the second two novella ‘Guy and Elena’ and ‘Banan and Jane’.

The narrator Antony Ferguson does a good Scottish accent for the Dark Kings, buy there wasn’t a great deal of versatility in his voice types between characters and his female voices were impossible to distinguish and his American accents a bit ropey. The narration at times also felt a little phoned in performance wise.

All in all a a great value read and a good introduction to what looks like it will be a great series, audio recording isn’t bad, but could be much better to do the stories justice.

  • Tactical Magik

  • Immortal Ops, Book 5
  • By: Mandy M. Roth
  • Narrated by: Topher Samuels
  • Length: 2 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4

Eadan Daly has thrown himself into the role as the sixth I-Ops team member and has forged a brotherhood of sorts with the other men. When he's asked to go on a solo mission for the PSI Branch (Paranormal Security and Intelligence) he's not so sure he wants his old job back. Inara Nash is a survivor, doing what she must to get by. On the run for years, from an organization she doesn't fully understand, she tries to stay below the radar. When a blond hunk arrives and claims he's her savior, she suspects her luck might have finally run out.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Woefully lacking in character and plot development

  • By Wealie on 18-06-18

Woefully lacking in character and plot development

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 18-06-18

‘Tactical Magik’ is the fifth novella in the Immortal Ops series. Although each novel in the series is about an individual couple, each story builds on the previous and includes previous couples as secondary characters, giving away spoilers for plot points and character developments. As such it’s best to read the novellas in series order.

This is the first of the novella’s I’ve listened too that had not been revised and extended by the author and narrated by Mason Lloyd. It felt a bit thin on the ground in terms of plot and character development. This was a shame as I’d been looking forward to Eadan’s story, especially after Wilson’s story had been so good.

Eadan came across as a bit smarmy and self-satisfied and Inara was one dimensionally clueless and inexperienced, which just didn’t capture my imagination. I didn’t buy into them as individuals or as a couple in the novella. All Eadan’s angst from his history was swept away and Inara didn’t seem to have a problem with anything except him potentially holding out on sex from her.

The new narrator - Topher Samuels, had a very stilted reading style and didn’t do the character voices justice, which seemed to add to flippancy to the the characters, detracting any gravitas and depth.

The plot didn’t seem to go anywhere in particular and you never got a sense that Eadan or Inara were ever in any true danger. In the end I felt like the author’s heart wasn’t in this one.

  • Darkness Awakened, Volume 1

  • By: Katie Reus
  • Narrated by: Jeffrey Kafer
  • Length: 4 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11

As leader of one of the fiercest werewolf packs in the south, Finn Stavros is in full battle mode 24/7. He has no choice - he's one of the few beings strong enough to fight the Akkadian demons, whose mysterious escape from hell threatens the entire world. With the battle turning bloodier by the second, Finn is ready for anything...until his vampire long lost love shows up on his doorstep in desperate need of his help, sending his heart into a tailspin.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Short and engaging with relatable Alpha male lead

  • By Wealie on 16-06-18

Short and engaging with relatable Alpha male lead

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

Reviewed: 16-06-18

A nice start to a series, if a little short. Loved the fact the male lead was an Alpha who was still able to use the head on his shoulders when confronting truths about his past with the female lead and able to see things from her perspective and ultimately not blame her. I will definitely be reading the rest of the series.

  • Raphael

  • Vampires In America, Volume 1
  • By: D.B. Reynolds
  • Narrated by: Traci Odom
  • Length: 8 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36

Powerful and charismatic, Raphael is a Vampire Lord, one of the few who hold the power of life and death over every vampire in existence. Thousands call him Master and have pledged absolute loyalty on their very lives. But when, in a brazen and deadly daylight attack, a gang of human killers kidnaps the one female vampire he'd give his life for, Raphael turns to a human investigator to find his enemies before it's too late.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • GREAT VAMPIRES

  • By Saluki Selfie on 21-10-14

A deliciously, sexy, gritty, violent and dark hero

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

Reviewed: 15-06-18

5 star series opener with a gritty & dark hero & take no prisoners heroine. A great antidote to the ‘Twilight effect‘.

‘Raphael’ is The first book in D.B. Reynolds' paranormal romance Vampires in America (VIA) series.
Reynolds weaves a good plot with complex and flawed characters that are as deadly and violent as they are sexy and seductive. This novel, and indeed the rest of the series are not for those who like their PNR sweet and cozy, but if you can handle a darker more violent side to romance and like your vampire lovers with edge then 'Raphael' and the 'VIA series' is definitely for you.

Raphael is a powerful, old and darkly seductive vampire lord, one of only eight vampire lords in America. Cyn is the human private investigator reluctantly tasked with finding the humans involved in the kidnapping of Raphael's sister. Raphael hasn't found a human interesting in many years, but something about the feisty PI Cyn draws him like no other, making him determined to have this woman who continues to deny him.

Cyn knows she needs to tread lightly, being the PI of choice for the vampires of Malibu doesn't prepare her for working for a vampire lord and definitely not when the lord in question haunts her dreams and insists on working alongside her.

  • Sex, Not Love

  • By: Vi Keeland
  • Narrated by: Sebastian York, Andi Arndt
  • Length: 8 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 86
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 76
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 77

My relationship with Hunter Delucia started backwards. We met at a wedding. Stealing glances at each other throughout the night, there was no denying an intense, mutual attraction. I caught the bouquet; he caught the garter. Hunter held me tightly while we danced and suggested we explore the chemistry sparking between us. His blunt, dirty mouth should’ve turned me off. But for some crazy reason, it had the opposite effect on me. We ended up back in my hotel room. The next morning, I headed home to New York leaving him behind in California with the wrong number.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another Great Book by Vi Keeland

  • By Lo on 01-02-18

Equally heartwarming and heartwrenching

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

Reviewed: 08-03-18

A touching story, with likable and relatable characters. Equal parts heartwarming and heartwrenching, with a solid narration.

  • Firefighter Dragon

  • Fire & Rescue Shifters, Book 1
  • By: Zoe Chant
  • Narrated by: Lucy Rivers
  • Length: 3 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    2.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 5

When curvy American archaeologist Virginia Jones finds the lost burial mound of an ancient Anglo-Saxon king near the English city of Brighton, she uncovers much more than she expected. Unearthing a priceless artifact summons an evil dragon who'll stop at nothing to claim the treasure for his own hoard. Trapped in a burning building by a beast that ought to be imaginary, Virginia's only hope is to call for emergency....

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Horrific Welsh and Irish accent!

  • By Wealie on 05-03-18

Horrific Welsh and Irish accent!

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-03-18

The narrator seemed to believe a sub par glaswegian accent sounds just like a Welsh and Irish one. The premise of the book is a bit weak and I never quite understood why you had shifters from all over the UK and Ireland working in Brighton? Mediocre story and awful narration makes this an instant return.

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  • Ghouls Gone Wild

  • A Ghost Hunter Mystery
  • By: Victoria Laurie
  • Narrated by: Eileen Stevens
  • Length: 10 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5

Psychic M.J. Holliday finds herself in a witchy situation. When M.J. and her friends travel to a small town near Edinburgh, Scotland, to film the first installment of their new cable TV show Ghoul Getters, they find plenty of spooky action in a series of supposedly haunted caverns. But when they discover the body of a maintenance worker, the cause of death is reminiscent of an old legend involving a witch's wrath.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Terrible Scottish brogue!

  • By Wealie on 29-09-17

Terrible Scottish brogue!

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 29-09-17

Normally I don't mind the narration on these stories, though Gilly is a bit whiney. Great story shame about the atrocious Scottish accent.

  • Bloodlust

  • Blood Destiny, Book 5
  • By: Helen Harper
  • Narrated by: Saskia Maarleveld
  • Length: 9 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 83
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 77
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 77

Life's no fun being a dragon, especially when you are forced into responsibilities that involve trying to keep the peace between an array of shifters, mages, and faeries in order to bring down the scariest and deadliest foe the Otherworld has ever seen. And that's not to mention the fact that your own soul mate hates your guts. Mack Smith, a fiery Draco Wyr, is battling to come to terms with her emotions, her heritage, and her true capabilities. All she has to do is defeat Endor, win back Corrigan, and live happily ever after.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • loved it

  • By David on 04-01-15

Great ending to an epic paranormal love story!

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

Reviewed: 20-08-16

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

Yes, but I would suggest they need to listen to the whole series to get the most enjoyment.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Can't choose between Mack and Corrigan, they are both great characters and their relationship brings the series together.

What does Saskia Maarleveld bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

It's nice to hear the characters brought to life.

  • Diary of an Accidental Wallflower

  • The Seduction Diaries
  • By: Jennifer McQuiston
  • Narrated by: Lana J. Weston
  • Length: 12 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5

Pretty and popular, Miss Clare Westmore knows exactly what (or rather, who) she wants: the next Duke of Harrington. But when she twists her ankle on the eve of the Season's most touted event, Clare is left standing in the wallflower line watching her best friend dance away with her duke.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Lovely story

  • By Wealie on 31-01-16

Lovely story

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

Reviewed: 31-01-16

Lovely story with believable characters that you can't help but warm too and beautifully narrated.