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  • Trying to Live with the Dead

  • The Veil Diaries, Book 1
  • By: B. L. Brunnemer
  • Narrated by: Kris Koscheski, Carla Mercer-Meyer
  • Length: 14 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 52
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 48
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 47

Hi, I'm Alexis Delaney. I'm your average 17-year-old girl. Except I can see the dead. And talk to the dead. And push them away and, well, help them move on. For years I've been struggling to survive the souls still roaming around. The shitheads always seem to find me. Moving from town to town every few months never helped either. More dead just always find me. But things are changing for me now. I'm moving in with my uncle Rory and cousin Tara. I'm finally going to be able to do normal teenage stuff I've been missing out on. Right?

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Alright if you are in your teens

  • By Sylv Sheehan on 04-02-18

I eventually Gave up

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

Reviewed: 02-01-19

I tried to stick with this, I really did - I very nearly made it to the end but it was not very gripping and in the end I just didn't care enough about the characters to carry on. Also a lot of it didn't make sense - contradictory or just implausable. Performance was adequate, but working with poor material.

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  • Broken

  • Broken Trilogy, Volume 1
  • By: J.L. Drake
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Klett
  • Length: 10 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 12

My name is Savannah Miller. My father is the mayor of New York. One day, after my 27th birthday, I was grabbed from behind. A cloth sack was quickly pulled over my head, and I was taken from everything I'd ever known. I was beaten, starved, treated like an animal, and forced to live in a room with no windows. With no sense of time and no dignity left, I finally gave up hope and made a promise to myself to end it all. Unfortunately, it was going to be a slow process.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Uncomfortable and unconvincing

  • By Miss on 08-12-15

Uncomfortable and unconvincing

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

Reviewed: 08-12-15

Any additional comments?

Wholly unsatisfying book. Some understanding by the author about trauma and its effects, and some ability to develop convincing characters instead of cardboard cut-outs would have been a large step forward. Shame as it was a good premis for a book, but the main female character was a spoilt rich bitch with uncharacteristic outbursts, the male lead a character of two opposing halves - unintentionally it seems as this was never addressed or used to create dramatic tension, and the in-house baddie just would have never been in-house in the first place. I read good reviews of this book on this site, but can only assume that they were reading something else. Fortunately I can return it and get something decent to listen to.

  • Bad Romeo

  • By: Leisa Rayven
  • Narrated by: Andi Arndt
  • Length: 12 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8

Cassie Taylor was just another acting student with big dreams at her prestigious performing arts college... then she met Ethan Holt. She was the good girl actress. He was the bad boy on campus. But one fated casting choice for Romeo and Juliet changed it all. Like the characters they were playing on stage, Cassie and Ethan's epic romance seemed destined. Until it ended in tragedy when he shattered her heart.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • two strikes

  • By Miss on 22-08-15

two strikes

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

Reviewed: 22-08-15

Any additional comments?

Two strikes: firstly it is initially quite hard to get into this book as an audiobook as it zips back and forth in time, but it is written with (just) enough skill that I managed to get over that and got into the story and was helped by the pretty good narration. The 2nd strike though really pissed me off. In the English version the book just ends abruptly without completing the story. The 2nd book: Broken Juliet is not available as an audiobook. Maybe it has not been recorded yet, but the German translation has both books in one. To not complete the story is disingenuous and disrespectful to the reader by asking them to cough up again to hear the whole story. While I would like to complete the book I will not be doing so as to pay another £4.99 for the kindle read or possibly in the future another £19 for the audio version is playing the publisher's profit led game. Shame on the author for playing along too.

  • The Will

  • By: Kristen Ashley
  • Narrated by: Hollis McCarthy
  • Length: 24 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 57
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 49
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 49

Early in her life, Josephine Malone learned the hard way that there was only one person she could love and trust: her grandmother, Lydia Malone. Out of necessity, unconsciously and very successfully, Josephine donned a disguise to keep all others at bay. She led a globetrotting lifestyle on the fringes of the fashion and music elite, but she kept herself distant. While Josephine was trotting the globe, retired boxer Jake Spear was living in the same small town as Lydia.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • awful narration

  • By lashesell on 26-02-15

sweet book if overlong

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

Reviewed: 12-05-15

Any additional comments?

I read reviews that criticised the narration before I listened to this but I had no problems with the narrator and I have returned books before that I simply can't listen to. Not as raunchy and a slower pace than some of KA's books but a sweet enough story. Could have done with some editing as got a bit repetitive and have seen it criticised for the heroine giving up a jet set lifestyle for a wife and kids one, but then I have personally known jet-setters who have got bored with it and craved 'normality' especially those that have lived behind a mask as Josie does in this. Those that feel that way will also probably not like Jake, especially his going ballistic at the thought of his daughter dating while allowing his son to string along 5 girls, but then again life is often stranger than fiction and double standards seem especially easy for alpha males. For those reviewers that say Josie talks like an Englishwoman - you have been reading too much Jane Austen. Come visit the UK and hear us swear and drop vowels left, right and centre and see that we are not all educated to dictionary-swallowing levels.

  • Wolf Lake: The Complete Trilogy

  • By: Jennifer Kohout
  • Narrated by: Michaela James
  • Length: 22 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 17

Together at last! The entire Wolf Lake Trilogy is now available in one place. See how it all started in Legend: Orphaned as a child, Samantha grew up into a strong, but lonely woman working on her doctorate thesis by researching the history of myths and legends. But when she uncovers an actual werewolf pack, the world of myth becomes her new reality.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Not very original & naration not good

  • By Miss on 26-10-14

Not very original & naration not good

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

Reviewed: 26-10-14

Would you try another book written by Jennifer Kohout or narrated by Michaela James?

Don't think so

Would you be willing to try another one of Michaela James’s performances?

Not if she reads it like this. Some of her pronunciations were like bad British costume drama and some were unconvincing Americanese, but the most annoying thing was the speed she was reading at and lack of paragraph pauses. Most akin to rattling off a shopping list.

Do you think Wolf Lake: The Complete Trilogy needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

can't see why to bother

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • A Matter of Trust

  • By: Radclyffe
  • Narrated by: Betsy Zajko
  • Length: 7 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 25
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 21

Michael Lassiter, a theoretical design executive, is about to wage war on the corporate battlefield as she fights to maintain control of her company in the midst of divorce. She hires JT Sloan, an Internet security consultant, to protect her most important asset - her dreams and visions, which are suddenly vulnerable within the corporate computer system. Sloan, a brilliant cybersleuth who steadfastly avoids emotional commitments, shares a painful, secret past with her associate and friend, Jason McBride.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • still waiting for it to get vaguely engaging

  • By Miss on 27-08-14

still waiting for it to get vaguely engaging

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

Reviewed: 27-08-14

Any additional comments?

I stuck it for an hour and a half. Then I relented and eventually gave up at 3 hours 4mins and 14 secs with 4 hours or so to go. The story had not moved on AT ALL. That 3 hours plus was filled with character introductions - for 3 characters with a few other place holders and narrative movers thrown in. So roughly an hour for each main character - we should know them very well. Not so. All we get is vague generalized comments repeated in a slightly different way with no back history or insight. This is one I am returning.

  • Making Faces

  • By: Amy Harmon
  • Narrated by: Rob Shapiro
  • Length: 10 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 25

Ambrose Young was beautiful. He was tall and muscular, with hair that touched his shoulders and eyes that burned right through you. The kind of beautiful that graced the covers of romance novels, and Fern Taylor would know. She'd been reading them since she was 13. But maybe because he was so beautiful he was never someone Fern thought she could have...until he wasn't beautiful anymore.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Don't think about it READ IT!!!

  • By V Nerd (Kermit), Reviews by Audio Killed the Bookmark on 26-11-14

Touching, enjoyable tale

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

Reviewed: 10-08-14

Any additional comments?

I initially thought 'not another Cyrano De Bergerac retelling, please' but the author alludes to that comparison and swiftly moves on from the letter writing device to tell a story woven with believable main characters and home truths about their flaws and strengths. Sad, touching and hopeful in turn, I enjoyed this book immensely.

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  • Public Secrets

  • By: Nora Roberts
  • Narrated by: Renee Raudman
  • Length: 20 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 75
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 67
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 65

Emma McAvoy may have grown up in the limelight, but some secrets are hidden in a darkness no light can reach. Now on the verge of a successful career, and having fallen in love with the man of her dreams, Emma is looking to the future. Yet it’s the past that is about to catch up with her. For Emma, her childhood had been almost like a rags-to-riches fairy tale - until the tragic night that changed her family forever. But what Emma thinks she knows about that terrible night and the man she’s about to marry is only half the truth.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • would be 5star but for narrator

  • By Amazon Customer on 05-09-14

Grittier then normal Ms Roberts, and better for it

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

Reviewed: 10-08-14

Any additional comments?

I have listened to a few books by Nora Roberts and found them a little saccharine for my tastes but this is grittier than her usual offerings. Being a fan of her other pen persona: J.D. Robb's 'In Death' series, this ticked the boxes for me. Good believable characters, well portrayed and a story that pulls you along and buffets your emotions. I will be listening to it again.

  • The Color of Light

  • By: Helen Maryles Shankman
  • Narrated by: Simon Slater, Jennifer Ikeda
  • Length: 23 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 19
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 19

At the American Academy of Classical Art, popular opinion has it that the school's handsome and mysterious founder, Raphael Sinclair, is a vampire. It is a rumor Rafe does nothing to dispel. Scholarship student Tessa Moss has long dreamed of the chance to study at Rafe's Academy. But she is floundering amidst the ups and downs of a relationship with egotistical art star Lucian Swain. Then, one of Tessa's sketches catches Rafe's attention: a drawing of a young woman in 1930s clothing who is covering the eyes of a child.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • worth a listen

  • By Miss on 06-08-14

worth a listen

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

Reviewed: 06-08-14

What did you like best about The Color of Light? What did you like least?

Descriptions of art and art practices. That the characters weren't 'perfect'.

What about Simon Slater and Jennifer Ikeda ’s performance did you like?

Not sure Simon Slater was the best choice, either as Raphael or fitting in with Jennifer Ikeda, but he did a credible job of the narration.

Was The Color of Light worth the listening time?

Yes

Any additional comments?

Some obvious plot devices, some bit kept me guessing. Will probably listen again.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Hard As It Gets

  • A Hard Ink Novel, Book 1
  • By: Laura Kaye
  • Narrated by: Seraphine Valentine
  • Length: 12 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 32

Trouble just walked into Nicholas Rixey's tattoo parlor. Becca Merritt is warm, sexy, wholesome, pure temptation to a very jaded Nick. He's left his military life behind to become co-owner of Hard Ink Tattoo, but Becca is his ex-commander's daughter. Loyalty won't let him turn her away. Lust has plenty to do with it too. With her brother presumed kidnapped, Becca needs Nick. She just wasn't expecting to want him so much.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sooooo good

  • By LilleyLoohLah on 18-10-15

Were we talking about the same book?

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

Reviewed: 06-08-14

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

convincing plot and characters maybe?

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Trying to compensate for lack of material? Over enthusiasm and melodramatic acting just gets trying after a while.

Any additional comments?

I read the reviews for this and can't believe it is the same book. Very hackneyed and over-sentimentalized characters with little development, especially the characters other than the 'main two'. Unconvincing plot - I kept listening, waiting for it to bet better. It didn't, and ended partway through the plotline, obviously so you would buy the next book. I won't be doing so.