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  • Macrieve: Immortals After Dark, Book 14

  • By: Kresley Cole
  • Narrated by: Robert Petkoff
  • Length: 13 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 90
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 86
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 84

Uilleam MacRieve, a centuries-old Lykae warrior, was captured, caged, and experimented on by a shadowy human order, along with other immortals. During a prison break that devolved into one of the bloodiest massacres in recent history, he escapes. But the aftermath of his unspeakable torture preys on his damaged mind, while the wolf inside him roars for vengeance and carnage. In the days leading up to the full moon, can MacRieve rein in his beast, even when he encounters his mate - a vexingly impossible female unlike anything he'd ever dreamed for himself?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent!!!

  • By Suzy GM on 14-08-13

Possibly my fav of this series

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

Reviewed: 27-05-16

I've not listened/read all of the series or even read them in the right order but i think this was the best I've heard so far. I think it might be good to listen in order but in my opinion it's not necessary. I really love the narrator except every time he said arse it sounded weird, that really is the best complaint I can come up with regarding him :-P I liked the characters and the story and found myself empathising and wanting them to be happy, wasn't overly predictable unlike many romances all in all worth a credit.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Knight Awakened

  • Circle of Seven, Book 1
  • By: Coreene Callahan
  • Narrated by: Suzan Crowley
  • Length: 17 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 30
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 26
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 26

Warlord Vladimir Barbu has seized control of Transylvania, but his claim to the throne remains anything but certain. The king of Hungary opposes his rule, his people despise him, and the high priestess needed to crown him has vanished without a trace. Refusing to see his ambitions thwarted, he hires an assassin to hunt her down.… Killing is the only life Xavian Ramir knows. But now the elite assassin wants out, vowing to start anew after one last job.…

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Slow moving novel and narration

  • By Janice Tai Lim on 01-04-15

Good but dragged on a bit

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

Reviewed: 19-05-16

I've given up with 8 hours to go. I recon the story could have been condensed down as it just began to feel like an effort to listen to it half way through. I don't usually have anything against very long books but I think an editor should have slashed out paragraphs and the writer rehashed it to speed up the story a little. It's a good enough story and the narrator was adequate. If there was an abridged version I might recommend that.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Unbound

  • The Forbidden Bond, Book 1
  • By: Cat Miller
  • Narrated by: Neva Navarre
  • Length: 15 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31

College is supposed to be a time of discovery, but Danielle Vaughn never imagined it would be like this: Heightened senses, supernatural powers, and a sudden craving for human blood. Dani is a demi-vamp, the daughter of a human psychic and a vampire noble, a living secret kept hidden for 21 years. As Dani’s heritage manifests itself, her thirst for blood is matched only by her hunger for Chase Diedrick.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Pretty good but too long

  • By Helen on 09-05-16

Pretty good but too long

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

Reviewed: 09-05-16

Story was nice, pretty solid YA vampire romance. I found it hard to over look a few kind of obvious issues, such as Dani has mind control powers yet in a few situations she can't/doesn't use it when she and other people are in danger for some reason despite the fact she can control a room full of people in a split second when no one is I danger. It's illogical of the author to give her such a super power and emphasis how powerful it is and then completely ignore it in dire situations.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Taken, Not Spurred

  • Lone Star Burn, Book 1
  • By: Ruth Cardello
  • Narrated by: Mary Kowal
  • Length: 7 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 38
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 33
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 33

Would-be writer Sarah Dery has just turned twenty-five and feels like her life is on hold. She’s done squat with her English degree and is just killing time working for her parents. So, when the opportunity to spend the summer working on a ranch in Texas comes her way, she jumps at the chance - figuring it might be just the jolt she needs to get her creative juices flowing.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Ruth Cardello rocks!!!

  • By Kat P on 12-05-15

Funny but average

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

Reviewed: 08-05-16

The story was amusing, the characters likeable enough but the story was, as is often the case with this genre, predicable. Still if you want a unchallenging, pleasant few hours listening it's worth a credit

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Afterlife

  • Afterlife Saga, Book 1
  • By: Stephanie Hudson
  • Narrated by: Rebecca Rainsford
  • Length: 26 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 144
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 135
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 134

Afterlife...just some gothic nightclub where gossip is fuelled by the presence of a rich and unearthly, handsome family or afterlife...the strange place where time seems to stand still and guests feel the presence of something more powerful held within the confines of the VIP. Keira is new to this small, cold town and is running from a past that seems to feast on her darkest memories. She finds living with her sister away from English soil to be just the ticket to the new life she is trying desperately to find.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Oh good grief !

  • By Tracey on 11-01-16

Just don't do it! Save your credit.

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

Reviewed: 24-04-16

If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

People who like weak, pathetic, foolish female leads, shallow character development, and predictable plot. You'll also need to be able to tolerate a narrator whose voice for the male and American parts is less than stellar (her main character was good though)

What could Stephanie Hudson have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Rewrite it? I would have preferred a more in depth attempt at world building and a stronger less foolish lead character. Kira is more like a dithery, child than a grown woman who has a traumatic past. She is beautiful but doesn't know it, she's jealous of dravens beautiful female friends and they are jealous of her having his blind love. Her relationship with draven seems shallow and it is irritating, they meet up a few times in dreams and he's overbearing and she is pathetically submissive and they are obsessed with each other but nothing much has happened at this point. Then she starts work at the club he owns and they brush past each other a few times blah blah blah plus the constant references to how he makes her core feel made me want to bang my head against a wall or some other mild self harm behaviour. The lack of world building was especially disappointing and considering the overall length of the book, it doesn't seem like much happened at all really. Obviously this is a fantasy novel because Kira got a green card to work stateside without a job offer before she got there like it was easy.....

Would you listen to another book narrated by Rebecca Rainsford?

Possibly, although I'd prefer her not to try the male parts especially if they are supposed to be American

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Afterlife?

Maybe some of the dream meetings but I'm sure that it would have been better if it had been shorter overall. I'd attack it with a ferocious delete button to find ways of chopping out and changing lots of paragraphs to be more compact

Any additional comments?

I'm not a literary snob Ill read most things but this was painful, the angel/demon thing and the mortal/immortal love thing are both right up my street and the story has potential to be good but needs more depth especially as it felt like an endurance race to get to the need of it,

7 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • The Jane Austen BBC Radio Drama Collection

  • Six BBC Radio Full-Cast Dramatisations
  • By: Jane Austen
  • Narrated by: David Tennant, Benedict Cumberbatch, Julie McKenzie
  • Length: 14 hrs and 27 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 696
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 620
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 616

A collection of BBC radio full-cast dramatisations of Jane Austen's six major novels. Jane Austen is one of the finest writers in the English language, and this volume includes all six of her classic novels. Mansfield Park: on a quest to find a position in society, Fanny Price goes to live with her rich aunt and uncle. Northanger Abbey: young, naïve Catherine Morland receives an invitation to stay at the isolated Gothic mansion Northanger Abbey.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Really good

  • By Helen on 24-03-16

Really good

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

Reviewed: 24-03-16

... But not equal to actually reading the books. If you can spare the credits buying each unabridged book would be better. That said these are radio plays so not entirely comparable, the performances are excellent and the gist of each book was accurate and it was thoroughly entertaining.

35 of 36 people found this review helpful

  • Dagger's Hope

  • The Alliance Book 3
  • By: S. E. Smith
  • Narrated by: David Brenin
  • Length: 6 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 58
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 53
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 53

Jordan Sampson is slowly adjusting to her new life on a strange planet far away from war-torn Earth. She had been 17 when she was brought to the Trivator's home world of Rathon along with her older sister, Jesse, and younger sister, Taylor, a couple years earlier. Fear, confusion, and uncertainty of what the future holds threaten to drown her as she tries to fit in. There is only one hope that keeps her going. It is the handsome alien male that stirs something deep inside her and makes her feel whole.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Deeper and deeper we go!

  • By kanundra on 15-09-16

Predictable and dull

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

Reviewed: 18-03-16

Overall good narration but the story was 2 dimensional. Not very much world or character building. Even the relationship between the 2 main characters was seriously lacking. I was tempted to give up but it was quite short so persevered. Bit of a waste of a credit.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • A Discovery of Witches

  • The All Souls Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: Deborah Harkness
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Ikeda
  • Length: 23 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,637
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,126
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,128

It begins with absence and desire. It begins with blood and fear. It begins with a discovery of witches. Diana Bishop, a young scholar and descendant of witches, discovers a long-lost and enchanted alchemical manuscript deep in Oxford's Bodleian Library. Its reappearance summons a fantastical underworld, which she must navigate with a vampire, Matthew Clairmont. This manuscript, Ashmole 782, holds the secrets of their past...and the key to their future. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A surprisingly mature paranormal romance

  • By Caroline Marks on 01-03-11

Gripping

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

Reviewed: 22-10-15

Great writing and narrator made me want to download the next book in the trilogy

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Hold On

  • By: Kristen Ashley
  • Narrated by: Erin Bennett
  • Length: 21 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 50
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 45
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45

The Merrick family is known for loving deep. So when Cecelia Merrick was murdered, it marked the Merricks in a way none of them recovered from. Both Cecelia's children found love. Both turned their backs on it. But Garrett "Merry" Merrick knew in his soul: the woman he divorced years ago was the one for him. Until the night when Cher took Garrett's back, and things changed. The Merrick family loves deep. They also protect fiercely. And with his eyes finally open, Garrett sees the woman who truly is for him, and he goes after her.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Worth a credit, but could be better

  • By Susan on 16-11-16

Good

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

Reviewed: 28-09-15

I have enjoyed this series, I do find its not a great idea to listen to too land KA books in one go as they can be a bit samey.
Worth a credit

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Tall, Dark & Lonely

  • By: R. L. Mathewson
  • Narrated by: Stella Bloom
  • Length: 12 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 52
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 49
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 50

When the mother that abandoned them years ago suddenly shows up and moves them to New Hampshire, Madison has no choice but to go or lose her family. Shoving her dreams aside yet again, she tries to make a life for her siblings only to discover that nothing is going the way that it should. It's really cold. Her fifteen year old sister acts like a hooker in training. Men act funny around her. Her boss is a real jerk.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Tall, Dark & Lonely

  • By Kindle Customer. Jeanetteg on 02-01-18

Great narration ok story

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

Reviewed: 14-06-15

The story was good but I didn't have an overwhelming urge to keep listening but I think that's just because it's not my cup of tea.
The supporting characters where more engaging than main couple so I may listen to book 2 which focuses on Chris' story.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful