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  • Ravensong

  • Green Creek, Book 2
  • By: TJ Klune
  • Narrated by: Kurt Graves
  • Length: 20 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 28
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 26

Gordo has found himself once again the witch of the Bennett pack. Green Creek has settled after the death of Richard Collins, and Gordo constantly struggles to ignore Mark and the song that howls between them. But time is running out. Something is coming. And this time, it’s crawling from within. Some bonds, no matter how strong, were made to be broken.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fabulous

  • By WallE on 28-01-19

Pure brilliance

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

Reviewed: 04-01-19

Sometimes there are moments of pure brilliance when a great author and a great narrator collaborate to make an audio story more than the sum of its parts. Ravensong (and Wolfsong too) is one of these rare occurrences - it’s a beautiful tale full of complex characters and emotion, and Kirt’s narration elevates all is this and brings it to life in a way I don’t think any other narrator could achieve. Pure brilliance.

  • Bought

  • The Fate of the Fallen Series, Book 1
  • By: R. Phoenix
  • Narrated by: Jack Noble
  • Length: 2 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 5

When he agreed to take the fall for his pack leader's failed attempts to help the Rebellion, Jace knew he wouldn't live long enough to regret it. However, instead of the noble end he envisioned for himself, the werewolf finds himself at the mercy of a witch and his depraved games. How long can he cling to his pride and conviction that he can withstand anything his controlling new master can dish out? Now that supernatural beings have seized control of the world, life has become a struggle for the humans who once held power. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good first book

  • By Debbie on 25-12-18

A dark and gritty supernatural future

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

Reviewed: 05-10-18

Ok, if I count the intro novella, Asymmetry, as being tickled with a feather, this was like a full-on rugby tackle! This is a dark and gritty tale set in a world with a vampire who dominates absolutely, and a werewolf sold to be his slave/whatever-he-wants-him-to-be. The world building is good, both in backstory and in the characters actions, and although it has a bleak outlook I want to know more. Solid 3 stars.

The narration is hard to review. Jack Noble’s voice is to die for - beautiful accent and tone, but the pacing was way too slow. I listened on x1.25 and there were still long pauses between words and sentences - there were only small section of the dialogue that sounded natural, where words bled together as they would in a natural conversation, but the remaining dialogue was rather robotic, with each word articulated in full, and when listening on headphones you could hear the switches between dead air and recording. BUT... his voice was to die for! So, 5 for the voice/1 for the editing, 3 overall.

  • Asymmetry: A Fate of the Fallen Standalone

  • By: R. Phoenix
  • Narrated by: Kenneth Obi
  • Length: 1 hr and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4

Until three weeks ago, Dorian was a human - one of those subjugated by the supernatural beings who now rule the world. He spent 10 years struggling to survive, but now that he's been turned, he needs to learn how to live. Problem is, there's a lot to learn but not much time to learn it in. Loneliness is far from the only problem, but it seems to be the most pressing. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Short intro to the series

  • By DML 🤓 on 25-11-18

A surprisingly sweet intro

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

Reviewed: 05-10-18

This was, within a gritty world where witches, werewolves and vampires have taken over, a surprisingly sweet and rather charming novella. The story revolves around Dorian, a new vampire, and Emery, a sort-of witch, both who are trying to navigate a new humanity with their own struggles, but who end up in a rather gentle togetherness. A nice short intro to the Fate of the Fallen world - with great narration.

  • Hush

  • By: Tal Bauer
  • Narrated by: Joel Leslie
  • Length: 19 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21

A devastating terrorist attack in the heart of Washington, DC, and the arrest of the terrorist leads to a trial that threatens to expose the dark underbelly of America's national security. The Russian president is gravely injured and fixated on revenge, while a gay Russian dissident is arrested and put on trial in Judge Tom Brewer's courtroom. With the world's attention fixed on Tom and this case, secrets from his past explode during the course of the trial, which place him at the very center of the case and make him the only man who can try to stop the world's slide into war.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Overplayed narration

  • By Mary on 07-08-18

Fast paced read with brilliant audio

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

Reviewed: 21-07-18

There’s audio narration, and then there’s Joel Leslie’s audio narration and the author/audio combination here was simply sublime. This was a long listen but I was completely immersed in the story during the whole tale. Leslie’s range of accents was again showcased here (although I wasn’t quite as keen on Kris’s voice as I was of Etta Mae’s!) and the non-dialogue elements were just as good and moved the story along at the right pace.

A brilliant listen, worth of revisiting in the future.

  • The Alpha Prince

  • Kingdom of Askara, Book 3
  • By: Victoria Sue
  • Narrated by: Michael Pauley
  • Length: 7 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15

The Askaran desert can no longer sustain the secret hybrid population of wolves bred from those sent there to die for their crimes. Justice knows the time has come to lead his wolves to a new life, but soon realizes his pack could never be governed by, nor swear fealty to, the cruel and despotic Alpha of Solonara - Darius - so he hatches a plan to fight and ultimately kill the Alpha, his heir, and take over the territory.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it!

  • By Emma Jane Marie Vago on 11-11-18

Wonderful book, and good narration

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

Reviewed: 21-07-18

I’be read this in paperback so I know I loved the story - Cashel and Justice were a great pairing and their tale made for a great read (even if Justice sometimes needed to just listen!). Michael Pauley did a good job of the audio - his narration of the dialogue worked really well with each character uniquely different and fitting for how I interpreted their persona. I wasn’t quite so keen of the non-dialogue elements, but the two were clearly distinct and so worked well together. The sample gives a good representation of the whole tale though and this is just my personal preference. Overall, it’s a great story and well worth a listen.

  • The Alpha Heir

  • Kingdom of Askara, Book 2
  • By: Victoria Sue
  • Narrated by: Joel Leslie
  • Length: 7 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 19

Caleb Harken has spent six years wrongfully imprisoned for his father's treachery. Tortured and reviled by the very wolf pack he should have been leading as alpha, he is not surprised to learn he’s finally to meet his death at the hands of the human rebel leader, Taegan Callan. Taegan gave up his dreams of a life-mate and a family after seeing too many humans butchered at the hands of the wolves - even if Caleb doesn’t seem to be the bloodthirsty savage he expects.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Highly enjoyable shifter series

  • By jane wilkinson on 26-09-18

Wonderful narration of a great book

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

Reviewed: 21-07-18

I really loved the narration for the Alpha Heir. The story had an engaging plot making it an great read independent of the developing relationship between the MCs, which was well paced and full of emotion. I’ve read this in paperback but it’s elevated with Joel Leslie’s narration which allows both Caleb’s and Taegan’s personalities to fully show, at the same time as developing individual voices for the supporting characters. A great listen.

  • Octavia

  • By: Jilly Cooper
  • Narrated by: Anna Parker-Naples
  • Length: 6 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14

As soon as Octavia caught a glimpse of Jeremy, she knew she just had to have him. It didn't matter that he'd just got engaged to an old school friend of hers, Gussie. An invitation to join Gussie and Jeremy for a cosy weekend on a canal barge came like a gift from the gods. However, the other part of the foursome was tycoon Gareth Llewellyn, and he certainly managed to thwart her plans....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Is this really 40 years ago? Still fun...

  • By Maggie on 02-04-18

Better in print and in the 70s

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

Reviewed: 07-05-18

So, I listened to the audio of this having read it many years ago. However, whatever you do when you read/listen to this, you have to judge it as a 1977 book and not by the standard of today’s society as it just wouldn’t pass muster.

It was as I remember it - a book about a woman who tries to project a strong image using her sexuality, but really just needs a man to look after her. There were parts which I’m sure would make any millennial cringe, but it had that JC touch that still makes it a good read today (with the date caveat).

This is the fourth book in this series and for me, yet again, the narrator hasn’t quite meshed with the book. I found Octavia’s haughty voice annoying but nowhere near as distracting as Gareth’s on-and-off again Welsh accent. I could have stomached the not-quite-Welsh voice but it was way too soft and didn’t at all project the smart and ruthless businessman he was meant to be.

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  • How to Bang a Billionaire

  • Arden St. Ives, Book 1
  • By: Alexis Hall
  • Narrated by: Joel Leslie
  • Length: 11 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35

If England had yearbooks, I'd probably be "Arden St. Ives: Man Least Likely to Set the World on Fire." I've no idea what I'm doing at Oxford and, until a week ago, I had no idea who Caspian Hart was. Turns out, he's brilliant, beautiful...oh yeah, and a billionaire. It's impossible not to be captivated by someone like that. But Caspian Hart makes his own rules. And he has a lot of them. About when I can be with him. What I can do with him. And when he'll be through with me. But now that Caspian's shown me glimpses of the man behind the billionaire I know it's him I want.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Really good book

  • By Book addict on 21-02-18

Aural perfection in both story and narration

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

Reviewed: 20-01-18

So, I read and loved this book, but I'm a bit in love with the audio. Yes, it has parallels with 50 shades, but it is so much better - it focuses on Caspian and Arden and they are truly front and centre here. The story takes you through Arden's journey from his POV but we also get to see Caspian's struggles with wanting to both protect and love Arden and also see him suffer.

And that's where this narration really comes alive. This is a book you live through, not listen to - it felt like I 'was' Arden - when he suffered, I suffered. The audio added that realistic dimension so rarely achieved for other books, by bringing each character to life in their own unique and distinct way. Both Arden and Caspian were the voices in my head, and the people I imagined when I read the book.

I could rave about this all day, and any review would feel woefully inadequate - and honestly, this has kind of recalibrated my rating as 5 stars just doesn't seem enough.

The next book I listen to has big, big shoes to fill.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Locked in Silence

  • Pelican Bay, Book 1
  • By: Sloane Kennedy
  • Narrated by: Michael Pauley
  • Length: 8 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28

10 years after leaving his small Minnesota hometown in his rear view mirror for what Nolan Grainger was sure would be the last time, life has decided to throw the talented musician a curveball and send him back to the town he lived in but was never really home. When he’s forced to use the last of his own money to keep from losing the family home, desperation has him turning to the one man he’d hoped never to see again....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Simply outstanding

  • By Lusitania on 24-12-17

Brilliant story, but better in print

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

Reviewed: 20-12-17

I've read this book before so I know I love the story, and I've listened to Michael Pauley narrate before, so I know I like his narration... but the two did not mix well here for me. The narration was too wistful and at times contemplative, when I thought it needed to be still with emotion but stronger. Ironically, I thought Maddox, Isaac and Newt came across great, and even the sheriff was sheriffy - it was just Nolan and Dallas that didn't mesh for me.

That said - the story was utterly brilliant.

  • The Pirate of Fathoms Deep

  • Tales of the High Court, Book 2
  • By: Megan Derr
  • Narrated by: Michael Stellman
  • Length: 5 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22

High Commander Lesto Arseni is the most feared man in the Harken Empire. None but the High King dares risk his wrath - and a pirate who once punched him in the middle of the imperial pavilion. A pirate who later snuck away with Lesto to an empty room, touched him in ways far more memorable. And then immediately bolted like a man who'd gotten what he wanted.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant book, brilliantly narrated

  • By Becky L on 19-12-17

Brilliant book, brilliantly narrated

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

Reviewed: 19-12-17

This is the second book in The High Court series and it's as good as the first. This story is a little less adventure and intrigue (but still enough to add substance) and more about the developing relationship between Lesto and Shemal, which is simply beautiful and feels authentic and earned.

A great listen, with the narrators understated but effective narration. I loved it.