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  • The Cyborg's Stowaway

  • In the Stars Romance (Gypsy Moth, Book 2)
  • By: Eve Langlais
  • Narrated by: Logan McAllister
  • Length: 4 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1

There's a problem on the Gypsy Moth. Craig "Crank" Abrams has found a stowaway. A tiny one who tucks easily under his chin with the biggest damned eyes he's ever seen - and a way of tugging at a mechanical heart he thought broken. Ghwenn has secrets, which is why she's on the run and hiding. When her enemies catch up to her, she finds an unlikely hero in the cyborg who refuses to hand her over.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Like fast food - quick and filling, but not gourmet

  • By MadHatter on 07-10-2018

Like fast food - quick and filling, but not gourmet

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

Reviewed: 07-10-2018

I actually like that Eve Langlais doesn’t try to drag a simple story out into a full length novel. These books are snack sized.

The people in this series are cute. There is nothing more fun than a stubborn man falling in love. I didn’t particularly like the female lead, but the book wasn’t really about her anyway. When the two lovebirds first meet is pretty amusing, as he basically (minor spoiler) sulks when he is not allowed to jettison her out the airlock.

The narrator is much improved in this book, compared to his annoyingly repetitive speech rhythms in First Mate’s (WHY do some narrators do that? So unnatural!), although he still doesn’t have a broad range of ‘voices’ for different people.

  • Lingus

  • By: Mariana Zapata
  • Narrated by: Callie Dalton
  • Length: 10 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22

When 25-year-old Kat is dragged to a porn convention by her best friend, she's both embarrassed and nervous. The last thing she ever expects is to meet someone who makes her laugh like no other. This is a story about acceptance and friendship and a love born out of the most unexpected of places.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • So disappointed

  • By MadHatter on 29-09-2018

So disappointed

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

Reviewed: 29-09-2018

How can this be the same author who wrote the fabulous Kulti?!

This novel was sweet, with a lot of sex in the second half. Personally, I would have preferred some plot instead. None of the interesting scenarios I imagined that could happen, did. It was boring, cliched and never made me smile, let alone laugh.
I am sorry that I forced myself to finish it, thinking, surely something will save it in the finale? Well, no.

  • Kulti

  • By: Mariana Zapata
  • Narrated by: Callie Dalton
  • Length: 16 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 69
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 63
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 63

It didn't take a week for 27-year-old Sal Casillas to wonder what she'd seen in the international soccer icon - why she'd ever had his posters on her wall or ever envisioned marrying him and having super-playing soccer babies.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Repititve and long winded

  • By Lara on 14-12-2016

Perfect - do yourself a favour

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

Reviewed: 29-09-2018

I don’t much like sports books. They usually involve a ‘normal’, sweet/feisty girl falling for a superstar (bleh). Well, I suppose that does happen in this one too, except that she is a soccer star herself, whilst he retired. They have so much in common, other than she is friendly and he is, well, the Grinch. You can believe that they compliment and understand each other perfectly.

I was smiling all throughout this book, occasionally bursting out loud guffaws (luckily, not in public, for once).

The narrator did an excellent job, sounding natural and engaging, with a pleasant voice and accent.

It is a long book (16 hours) for a romance, but I never got bored or irritated. I will be searching for more books from both Mariana Zapata and Callie Dalton. Thank you both.

  • Remedial Rocket Science

  • Chemistry Lessons, Book 1
  • By: Susannah Nix
  • Narrated by: Caitlin Kelly
  • Length: 8 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 2

College student Melody Gage is craving a night of no-strings fun when she meets charming out-of-towner Jeremy, and that's exactly what she gets. Until three years later, when Melody relocates to Los Angeles and finds herself thrust back into Jeremy's orbit. Not only does her hunky one-night stand work at the same aerospace company where she's just started her dream job, he's the CEO's son. Jeremy's got a girlfriend and a reputation as a bad boy, so Melody resolves to keep her distance. Despite her good intentions, a series of awkward circumstances throw her together with the heavenly-smelling paragon of hotness.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Boring - couldn’t finish it

  • By MadHatter on 25-09-2018

Boring - couldn’t finish it

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

Reviewed: 25-09-2018

Listed as a romantic comedy, but it made me grimace, not smile.
The story was boring and the narrator was so sweet I got diabetes.

  • The Bird and the Sword

  • Booktrack Edition
  • By: Amy Harmon
  • Narrated by: Trina Nishimura
  • Length: 11 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1

The day my mother was killed, she told my father I wouldn’t speak again, and she told him if I died, he would die too. Then she predicted the king would sell his soul and lose his son to the sky. My father has a claim to the throne, and he is waiting in the shadows for all of my mother’s words to come to pass. He wants desperately to be king, and I just want to be free. But freedom will require escape, and I’m a prisoner of my mother’s curse and my father’s greed. I can’t speak or make a sound, and I can’t wield a sword or beguile a king.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great story, but poor Audible version

  • By MadHatter on 13-09-2018

Great story, but poor Audible version

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

Reviewed: 13-09-2018

I have read and enjoyed this book several times, but this was the first (and last) time I tried it as an Audible version.
There were two problems with it.
1. The narrator sounded like she was fifteen years old, not twenty-one. Lark came across as a meek girl, instead of a fiesty woman, thereby losing the best part of the novel - that while she may seem drab and quiet to the world, inside she is quite stubborn and has hidden strength, which is why her king falls in love with her.
2. Too much music in the background. It was distracting and annoying.

Do get the writen version. It is a sweet tale, with glossed-over sex scenes (which is sometimes like a breath of fresh air, compared to some of the books). It is also a stand-alone novel, so no cliffhanger.

  • Frostbound Throne: Song of Night

  • Court of Sin, Book 1
  • By: May Sage
  • Narrated by: Shane East, Lucy Rivers
  • Length: 6 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1

Vale was born in battle 700 years ago, and in all this time, he's never encountered an enemy that poses a real challenge. Until now. Devi has been told terrifying tales of vengeful gods since her youth. She never thought that she would wake up in a world where she had to fight them. They're opposites: He gets on her nerves; she is under his skin, and if they're to survive, they must join forces.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Reasonable story

  • By MadHatter on 04-09-2018

Reasonable story

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

Reviewed: 04-09-2018

But the female narrator was annoying, with an exaggerated tempo and inflection. Shane East did a good job

  • Eat, Pray, Die

  • By: Chelsea Field
  • Narrated by: Saskia Maarleveld
  • Length: 7 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2

Being an undercover poison taster for the rich and famous might sound glamorous, but for Isobel Avery it means stomaching bad clients and even worse coffee. The one side of the job that lives up to expectations is the money. Which is just as well for Izzy, since she needs an awful lot of it. Who knew when she made a lifelong commitment to a man that it would be one year living with him and the rest of her life paying for it? 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A new idea!

  • By MadHatter on 24-08-2018

A new idea!

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

Reviewed: 24-08-2018

Ok, I have not come across a poison expert before. This is a light, but very interesting mystery, with my favourite narrator (she has a lovely voice and speaks normally, with no wierd pauses, inflections or emphasis - why do other narrators do that? It is beyond irritating!)
I thoroughly recommend this book. I have just downloaded book 3, so it is all good so far.

  • Underneath It All

  • Walsh Series #1
  • By: Kate Canterbary
  • Narrated by: Christian Fox, Lucy Rivers
  • Length: 8 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 12

Meet Lauren Halsted. It's all the little things - the action plans, the long-kept promises - that started falling apart when my life slipped into controlled chaos. After I fell ass over elbow into Matthew Walsh's arms, I couldn't decide whether I wanted to run screaming or rip his pants off, and most days I wanted a little of both. If I was being honest with myself, it was rip his pants off, ride him like a workhorse, and then run screaming.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Nope - I hated him, instantly

  • By MadHatter on 16-04-2018

Nope - I hated him, instantly

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

Reviewed: 16-04-2018

Sorry, I didn’t even make it past chapter 2. His first thought when he saw her (a beautiful, successful and intellegent woman), was he that he wanted to... talk to her? Ha! Kiss her? Nope. Have sex with her? Nuh-uh. He fantasised about spanking her.
Just... NO. I am not a prude, but if a guy’s basic and primary response is to hurt/dominate a woman, that is NOT sexy or romantic.

  • My Commander

  • Bewitched and Bewildered, Book 1
  • By: Alanea Alder
  • Narrated by: Charlotte Kane
  • Length: 7 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 28
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 27

When the topic of grandchildren comes up during a weekly sewing circle, the matriarchs of the founding families seek out the witch Elder to scry to see if their sons have mates. They are shocked to discover that many of their son's mates are out in the world and are human! Fearing that their future daughter in laws will end up dead before being claimed and providing them with grandchildren to spoil, they convince their own mates that something must be done.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Saccharine overdosed

  • By IMEE B on 23-08-2018

The first 1/3 was hilarious

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

Reviewed: 03-04-2018

Genuinely, Look Like A Crazy Lady (because you randomly burst out guffawing in the middle of the supermaret), humourous. However... any giggle worthy part got repeated or reused over and over, and over... and over.
Ehhh, not so funny anymore.

  • The Crown of Light

  • Lightness Saga, Book 1
  • By: Stacey Marie Brown
  • Narrated by: Jesse Vilinsky
  • Length: 12 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3

A War is Brewing. Kennedy is one of the last known Druids. Wanted dead by the Seelie Queen and as a coveted asset to defeat this cruel ruler, Kennedy has become a mark. Especially by a sexy, merciless....

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • I read to about 90%, then deleted it in annoyance

  • By MadHatter on 28-03-2018

I read to about 90%, then deleted it in annoyance

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

Reviewed: 28-03-2018

Two things wrong:
- The narrator sounds YOUNG, like a 14 year old. Considering the heroine has sex and we are expected to take her seriously, this was a problem for me. Having said that, the narrator does do a good job with different voices, pacing and inflection (except the heroines’ whining).
- the hero was great, but everyone else was painful. Especially the lead female, as the book progressed. I was cheering on the opposing side, wishing someone would just kill her already.