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  • Secret Flames

  • White Pine, Book 1
  • By: Adam Carpenter
  • Narrated by: Jackson Hunter
  • Length: 7 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    2 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    1 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    2 out of 5 stars 1

The men of White Pine have their secrets. Trent Rogers prefers not to talk about his past, but the mysterious, half-naked man who stumbled into his secluded cabin can't even remember his own name. On personal leave from the White Pine Fire Department, Trent wishes he could escape his mistakes with such anonymity. Secluded together, each buries their emotions by indulging their wildest fantasies.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • And the winner for most awful narration goes to...

  • By Veronika on 20-02-18

And the winner for most awful narration goes to...

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

Reviewed: 20-02-18

The story is OKish but the narration is simply awful! For crying loud, the MCs are supposed to be in their 20s. Yeah, right!!! The narrator is obviously middle-aged bloke. Before you buy this book, please imagine hot M/M action scenes read to you by your grandfather. I am sorry, Jackson Hunter (super cool name BTW), you are not a bad audio artist but I don't think explicit gay erotica is your calling. 🤔

  • Crossing Swords

  • By: Mixie Edwards
  • Narrated by: Michael Mola
  • Length: 7 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5

Christopher Rush is not gay. But after a breakup with his longtime girlfriend, he finds himself crossing swords with his best friend Jeremy Pratt. Who's also not...gay. It was a one-time thing. It didn't mean anything. They like girls. At least, that's what these boys of summer tell themselves as they pretend it wasn't more than experimentation. With only four weeks left before they leave town for college, Christopher and Jeremy awkwardly navigate their way through a series of unfortunate (or very fortunate) events.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good book and fun narrator but...

  • By Veronika on 07-04-17

Good book and fun narrator but...

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

Reviewed: 07-04-17

Any additional comments?
This is a really fun story and if you want to know more there are some good reviews on Amazon.

But I want to talk about the performance. So let’s start with the good stuff. It was great to hear a narrator’s voice that is matching the age of main characters. Michael Mola has a potential to join Tremblay, Russo, James and Crisden in the top notch narrators’ first league.

Now on the the not so good stuff. The audio production is very amateurish. Poor Michael had to record some the sections in his bathroom and I presume he had to open a window occasionally, to let some air and traffic noise in. And I swear that at one point I can hear a high school music orchestra practicing somewhere in the background.

The editing is less than perfect, and I am being generous here. There are sentences repeated twice when Michael had a 2nd go. You will also notice the mismatch between sound levels when Mike had to take a break (I am guessing to open the bathroom window ;-).

But don’t let my review put you off this book. It’s definitely worth a credit. If more of us buy it, next time Michael may be allowed to a decent recording studio, perhaps when Trembley is not using it.

  • Shattered Glass

  • By: Dani Alexander
  • Narrated by: Joseph Northton
  • Length: 11 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 56
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 53
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 53

Austin Glass seems to have it all: a loving fiancée, a future with the FBI, and a healthy-sized trust fund. At least on the surface. He also has a grin and a wisecrack for every situation. But the smile he presents to the world hides a painful past he’s buried too deeply to remember, and his quips mask bitterness and insecurity. Austin has himself and most of the whole world fooled - until he meets a redhead in a pair of bunny slippers.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fabulous narration by Joseph Northton

  • By Raine on 15-06-14

Why is this book not a top seller?

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

Reviewed: 15-11-16

If you could sum up Shattered Glass in three words, what would they be?

Read Candateshia's reviw.

What other book might you compare Shattered Glass to, and why?

The Psycop books do come close. The sense of humour is similar.

Which character – as performed by Joseph Northton – was your favourite?

Do you even need to even ask? Austin!

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

Let me think about that? Did it make me laugh? Yah, pretty much every 3rd sentence was LOL moment. I have no idea how the author managed to get some serious crime stuff aligned with some stand up comedy material but he nailed it. Dani Alexander I salute you,

The cat retrieve scene had me in stitches.

Any additional comments?

Can you plese tell me why Joseph Northton has so far narrated only 2 books?! That guy is AWSOME! This a rare example of a book where characters in early/mid 20s are narrated by somebody who actually sounds age appropriate and not by a middle aged bloke (Scrap Metal - I am looking your way!).

  • The Widow

  • By: Fiona Barton
  • Narrated by: Clare Corbett
  • Length: 10 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,460
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,283
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,268

Exclusive to Audible! Listen to a discussion between the author and the narrator of The Widow at the end of this recording. We've all seen him: the man - the monster - staring from the front page of every newspaper, accused of a terrible crime. But what about her: the woman who grips his arm on the courtroom stairs - the wife who stands by him? Jean Taylor's life was blissfully ordinary. Nice house, nice husband. Glen was all she'd ever wanted: her Prince Charming.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Confession is a dangerous thing.

  • By Wras on 26-01-16

Good story with solid characters.

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

Reviewed: 14-07-16

What made the experience of listening to The Widow the most enjoyable?

The story is intriguing, yet relatively straight forward. I guessed very early on the direction and the ending but I still enjoyed the journey. I don't think Fiona Barton aimed for nail baiting thriller but more of a character study and she really naild it. Excellent first book effort. I am looking forward to more books from the author.

Who was your favorite character and why?

The Widdow is the best character in the story. I did not particularly liked her but she was the most real to me. Funny enough, the character I thought was the most superficial was Kate. When she is in the journalist's mode she is good, which is not surprising as the author is a journalist. But on more personal level she was quite a blant character. It was like she was made up from too many people and she was just very "vanilla".

Which character – as performed by Clare Corbett – was your favourite?

The Widdow - the narrator's slight voice shifts from "I am bit helpless feel sorry for me" to "I am enoyed" and to "I am sinister" often within a single paragraph were superb.

  • The Girl in the Ice

  • Detective Erika Foster Crime Thriller, Book 1
  • By: Robert Bryndza
  • Narrated by: Jan Cramer
  • Length: 10 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,284
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,155
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,152

When a young boy discovers the body of a woman beneath a thick sheet of ice in a South London park, Detective Erika Foster is called in to lead the murder investigation. The victim, a beautiful young socialite, appeared to have the perfect life. Yet when Erika begins to dig deeper, she starts to connect the dots between the murder and the killings of three prostitutes, all found strangled, hands bound, and dumped in water around London.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Heart-pounding!

  • By Know Your Writes on 29-03-16

5 stars book?!? What am I missing?

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

Reviewed: 12-07-16

Would you try another book written by Robert Bryndza or narrated by Jan Cramer?

I probably would not. I just about made it through this one. Although I might give Mr Bryndza another try at somme point. He is a new author and deserves a break.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Jan Cramer tries her best but even the best narrator can’t work magic if the book is poor. Also her Eastern European accents sounded awful, at least to my Czech ears.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Girl in the Ice?

The book is about 3 hours too long. Many scenes are just stretched forever without adding anything to the overall narrative.

Any additional comments?

I was put off by the title. In today’s world of crime fiction, it’s almost a prerequisite to have the word “girl” in the title. The glowing 5 stars reviews from my fellow audio listeners persuaded me to give it a go. But now I am totally puzzled, did we listen to the same book?

The main character is just one big cliche. She is a maverick cop with emotional issues due to the tragic events in her past. Right! (The only surprise here is that Erika hasn’t got a drinking problem.) She is rude, she is reckless and she doesn't "do politics". (Yet somehow she still managed to rise to the rank of a DCI.) Right! And it just continues throughout the book: she fights with her boss; she is unfairly suspended; she doesn't follow the most basic police procedures because "she has a hunch"; she almost gets herself killed …… oh boy.

I think there is a good book somewhere in this mess but the final output falls short on so many levels. To be fair I don’t blame Mr Bryndza, he is a first time author who has a great potential. It’s the publisher's fault for not providing more support and editing guidance.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Unsafe Haven

  • Surviving the Evacuation, Book 4
  • By: Frank Tayell
  • Narrated by: Fiona Hardingham
  • Length: 7 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 122
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 110
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 110

There are no reported outbreaks in the UK or Ireland. That's what the government broadcasted. Nilda didn't believe it. Not trusting the authorities, she, and her son, Jay, stay behind when Penrith is evacuated. After weeks of rationing, there is little food left in the small town and many other survivors competing for it. Choosing diplomacy over violence, she attempts to forge a community out of a disparate group. As zombies gather outside their walls, she realizes that they will have to seek sanctuary elsewhere.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Wasn't sure about a change in narrator but ended up loving it

  • By Sara England on 23-01-17

Solid zombie book

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

Reviewed: 13-05-16

Where does Unsafe Haven rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I’d put this book in my top 40%. It is nothing ground breaking but the story was good and the narrator did a fine job.

What did you like best about this story?

The story moved at the right pace and it was without any excessive story padding. The 8 hours audio book did not overstay its welcome.

But just like the other reviewer, I was also not crazy about Nilda, the main character. She constantly hovers between self-righteousness and self-pity.

  • In The Darkness, That's Where I'll Know You: The Complete Black Room Story

  • By: Luke Smitherd
  • Narrated by: Luke Smitherd
  • Length: 12 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,813
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,747
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,744

There are hangovers, there are bad hangovers, and then there's waking up inside someone else's head. Thirty-something bartender Charlie Wilkes is faced with this dilemma when he wakes up to find himself trapped inside The Black Room - a space consisting of impenetrable darkness and a huge, ethereal screen floating in its center. It is through this screen that he sees the world of his female host, Minnie.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Highly recommended

  • By Peter on 15-04-16

I got hooked within 5 minutes

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

Reviewed: 08-03-16

This book is really something! I listen to it in less than 2 days (and even managed to squeeze in full time job in and bit of sleep :-)

Luke Smitherd is a great writing talent but surprisingly a really solid narrator too. I did not click straight away that he is an author reading his own book. I assumed he was a pro. I have listened to few books in the past narrated by authors and stacked with them mostly out of pity. They are trying their best to get their work published. That's definitely not the case in this instance.

Luke just reads the book, not trying to be clever with different voices (especially female character voice - very few male narrator s can pull those of). But somehow you will never be in doubt who is speaking. And that's not an easy task given the characters twists in this book.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Peripheral

  • By: William Gibson
  • Narrated by: Lorelei King
  • Length: 14 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 157
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 147
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 146

The Peripheral by William Gibson is a thrilling new novel about two intertwined futures, from the bestselling author of Neuromancer. Flynne Fisher lives down a country road, in a rural near-future America where jobs are scarce, unless you count illegal drug manufacture, which she's keen to avoid. Her brother Burton lives, or tries to, on money from the Veterans Association, in compensation for neurological damage suffered in a Marines elite unit.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Somewhat disappointed

  • By Doug on 01-08-16

The 1st Audio Book I've Given Up On

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

Reviewed: 10-07-15

What disappointed you about The Peripheral?

I did not get this book at all and I really tried. But I just gave up after 3hrs of listening and asking myself: WHAT? WHO? WHEN? WHAT? WHY? WHO? WHEN? and so it went on. I struggled to keep up with the various characters and the jumps between the different futures. After a while, I was not even listening the book properly and my attention was drifting off. I knew it was time to end it.

What will your next listen be?

I have already downloaded Critical Failures (Caverns and Creatures). I am in a need of good lough and easy listening.

Did Lorelei King do a good job differentiating each of the characters? How?

I really like Lorelei's voice but her range of “male” voices is quite limited and as there were more men in the story (at least in the 3 hrs I made it through) I would prefer a male performer.

What character would you cut from The Peripheral?

I'd cut about half of the characters.

Any additional comments?

Many people really like this book but it was so not working for me.

6 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • Going Home

  • A Novel
  • By: A. American
  • Narrated by: Duke Fontaine
  • Length: 13 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 159
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 154
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 156

If society collapsed, could you survive?

When Morgan Carter's car breaks down 250 miles from his home, he figures his weekend plans are ruined. But things are about to get much, much worse: the country's power grid has collapsed. There is no electricity, no running water, no Internet, and no way to know when normalcy will be restored - if it ever will be.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A review for the whole series so far books 1-5

  • By Gary on 17-03-15

Book with a great premise but an agenda

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

Reviewed: 11-08-14

What disappointed you about Going Home?

I do admit that as a 30 something female I am probably not the target audience for this book. But the story had an interesting premise and I thought I’d give it a ago. It started really well and I actually believed the scenarios that the main characters were finding themselves in. But as the story progressed I got slowly tired of the constant references to backpacks, guns, ammo, food rations, radios and other various 3 letter acronyms for survival gear. Once the right wing politics underpin the story it really lost me.

What was most disappointing about A. American’s story?

This is obviously guys’ book. The female characters are sketchy at best and in case of Jessie just plain annoying. Her main contribution to the story is to flirt a bit and put others in danger because she can’t deal with the situation. Luckily she is only present in the book for a relatively short time.

What three words best describe Duke Fontaine’s performance?

Solid and well delivered.

What character would you cut from Going Home?

Jessie!

Any additional comments?

I’ve been tough on this book and maybe it's more of a 3 star book than 2 star. But I just can’t shake the disappointment. The story and the characters had a great potential so I just feel a bit let down by the story’s direction.

4 of 6 people found this review helpful