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  • Crimes of Cupidity

  • A Fantasy Reverse Harem Story: Heart Hassle, Book 3
  • By: Raven Kennedy
  • Narrated by: Melissa Schwairy, Aaron Shedlock
  • Length: 9 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 2

What do you get when you have four mates, one psychotic prince, a horde of rebels, and a cupid who just got yanked out of the realm? A big freaking problem, that’s what. I was supposed to take on my first real mission as a spy. I was supposed to go find my missing mate and discover who our real allies are for the war that’s brewing in the fae realm. Instead, I’m thrown back to where I was first created, Cupidville. And, judging by the look I’m getting from the Head of all Cupidity, and the big Terminate button that he's holding, this problem is about to get much worse.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Exceeded my Bimbo tolerence

  • By MadHatter on 21-03-2019

Exceeded my Bimbo tolerence

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

Reviewed: 21-03-2019

I couldn’t finish the book. The MC and the narrator were both annoying to me too much. I think the book should indeed be named Crimes of Stupidity

  • A Step into the Dark

  • Ollie Wit, Book 1
  • By: Donna Augustine
  • Narrated by: Angel Clark
  • Length: 9 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3

Ollie Wit is the strongest Shadow Walker born in decades, but it's a gift with a steep price. Walking in the Shadowlands can bring untold powers and spells, and even greater risks. Every step into that other world brings her closer to the monsters that have haunted her since a child, destroyed her family and wreaked havoc all around her. Kane knows Ollie is the key to getting the spell he needs and he's the answer to ending her torment. But it's a bargain that brings her closer to her own destruction

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great story, average narrator

  • By MadHatter on 13-03-2019

Great story, average narrator

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

Reviewed: 13-03-2019

Any book by Donna Augustine is excellent.

Unfortunately, the narrator was not. When she was telling the story, she sounded stoned and several of her character impressions were annoying. Sadly, the MC had the worst - a nasally, whiney voice.

  • Next in Line

  • A Brother's Best Friend Standalone
  • By: Amy Daws
  • Narrated by: Erin Mallon, Teddy Hamilton
  • Length: 7 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12

Maggie's mind is reeling when she discovers the guy she became tangled up with at Marv's Bait & Tackle isn't a stranger like she thought. The big snag: Sam and Maggie's chemistry is hot enough to melt ice, which makes keeping their secret far more difficult than either expected. Especially when one of them decides they want this arrangement to be more than just a catch and release.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I cackled out loud, near the end

  • By MadHatter on 04-02-2019

I cackled out loud, near the end

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

Reviewed: 04-02-2019

Unfortunately, I liked the Sam waaaay more than Maggie, who was so incredibly immature that I thought she was definitely not good enough (think supposedly intelligent, but completely delusional) for Sam. However, he is a small town boy, so may stay happily attached to his Maggie *pull face*.
I also preferred the male narrator (fantastic) to the female, who hurts my ears a little with her accent (rolling R’s), but was otherwise well-paced, modulated and an excellent narrator.
That all said, the story was great. Funny, sweet and I finished it with an audible “Awwwwww...❤️”.
I have read, and enjoyed, the previous novel and will look for sequels (Dr. Dick, I assume?)

  • Marked

  • Servants of Fate, Book 1
  • By: Sarah Fine
  • Narrated by: Emily Foster
  • Length: 9 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12

In a broken landscape carved by environmental collapse, Boston paramedic Cacia Ferry risks life and limb on the front lines of a fragile and dangerous city. What most don't know - including her sexy new partner, Eli Margolis - is that while Cacy works to save lives, she has another job ferrying the dead to the Afterlife. Once humans are "Marked" by Fate, the powerful Ferrys are called to escort the vulnerable souls to either eternal bliss or unending fire and pain.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Bad narrator, I only made it to Chapter 4,

  • By MadHatter on 31-01-2019

Bad narrator, I only made it to Chapter 4,

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

Reviewed: 31-01-2019

so the 4 stars for Story is purely a guess.

The narrator was pretty bad. She had a habit of throwing in pauses where none are needed - eg: ‘He looked at her *high inflection & pause* like he had never driven *pause* an amphibious before’. Now, I checked the book and there are no commas written in that sentence. And the narrator does this for EVERY sentence, except when characters are actually speaking. She also doesn’t really change her inflection or volume during the ‘narration’ parts.
All of which makes her delivery sound rhythmic and unnatural (to me). Not a chance I could listen to her for another 9 hours.

  • Strong

  • By: Kylie Scott
  • Narrated by: Andi Arndt
  • Length: 3 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 9

As head of security to Stage Dive, one of the biggest rock bands in the world, Sam Knowles has plenty of experience dealing with trouble. But spoiled brat Martha Nicholson just might be the worst thing he’s ever encountered. The beautiful troublemaker claims to have reformed, but Sam knows better than to think with what’s in his pants. Unfortunately, it’s not so easy to make his heart fall into line.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The Stage Dive story I didn't know I needed

  • By paddlefoot1397 on 14-03-2019

Waste of time

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

Reviewed: 21-01-2019

This book was boring. Also, very short. It was no where near as good as the rest if the series- what I would call a “why bother?”
It wasn’t funny, the female lead was shallow, the male a wimp (how did Sam end up being such a weak hero???)
Even Andi Arndt, the narrator, was obviously bored, as her performance was unusually bland.
Save your credit/cash. Books 1 and 2 were the best, with 2 really funny, so buy them instead, if you have not already.

  • Play

  • By: Kylie Scott
  • Narrated by: Andi Arndt
  • Length: 8 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 28
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 27

Mal Ericson, drummer for the world-famous rock band Stage Dive, needs to clean up his image fast - at least for a little while. Having a good girl on his arm should do the job just fine. Mal doesn't plan on this temporary fix becoming permanent, but he didn't count on finding the one right girl. Anne Rollins never thought she'd ever meet the rock god who plastered her teenage bedroom walls - especially not under these circumstances. Anne has money problems. Big ones. But being paid to play the pretend girlfriend to a wild life-of-the-party drummer couldn't end well.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Big smile throughout the whole book

  • By MadHatter on 19-01-2019

Big smile throughout the whole book

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

Reviewed: 19-01-2019

It was funny. Mal’s teasing, ego and playfulness was great. Anne was the counterbalance to keep him grounded, without trying to change him. They made a lovely couple.
There was enough drama to keep the story interesting without drowning it in angst.
All round a good read

  • Elements of Mischief

  • Hijinks Harem, Volume 1
  • By: C. M. Stunich, Tate James
  • Narrated by: Bridie Lawrence
  • Length: 10 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 13

My name is Arizona Smoke, and I'm the proud owner of a house haunted by my dead Gram, best friend to a cocktail dress loving werewolf, and apparent soul mate to four plumbers who also happen to be elemental dragons. Besides rippling pectorals, tattoos, and … uh, nice, long pipes, the guys also have control of the elements. Supernatural law (whoever heard of such a thing anyway?) dictates that since I stumbled upon the guys in their alternate forms, I have to marry them. All four of them. Oh, and apparently one lousy (okay, awesome) night of sex means that I'm an elemental, too—and no amount of magical penicillin can cure this disease.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it

  • By Dim on 21-07-2018

Immature

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

Reviewed: 17-01-2019

I had to give it away by Chapter 5 - the juvenile, non-stop plumbing innuendos, abuse of alcohol and profanity was only beat by her chronic stupidity and obsession with sex.
The narrator did a good job, considering the rubbish plot and characters she was given.

  • Signs of Cupidity: A Fantasy Reverse Harem Story

  • Heart Hassle, Book 1
  • By: Raven Kennedy
  • Narrated by: Melissa Schwairy
  • Length: 7 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21

You'd think that basically being in charge of love would be an epic job, right? Wrong. Sure, I can blow some Lust into people's faces and watch the show, but I can't actually participate. It gets old, trust me. Same goes for love. I can pass it out like sugar-free lollipops at a dentist's office, but I can't get any love for myself. It totally sucks. I used to consider myself a hopeless romantic, so why wouldn't I choose to become a cupid? Sounds like a good idea, right? Wrong again. They don't call us stupid cupids for nothing.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • ***Hilarious***

  • By IMEE B on 05-11-2018

Don’t give up too early

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

Reviewed: 23-12-2018

To be honest, I found the heroine very annoying to begin with. She also talks to the reader and I nearly quit the book within the first few chapters.
Give it a chance, because it does get better and I am now thoroughly invested in the series.

  • One Wild Ride

  • By: Rebecca Shea, A.L. Jackson
  • Narrated by: Erin Mallon, Zachary Webber
  • Length: 4 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14

Elle Ward, daughter of Hollywood’s hottest director, has sworn off actors for life. She knows their games, and she refuses to play them. That is, until the day she collides with one of LA’s most promising actors. Kas Cowen isn’t looking for love until it literally runs him down. One look at Elle and he’s hooked. He crashes into her life and flips it upside down. Now he has to convince Elle he’s more than just a pretty face. Little did they know they were up for one wild ride.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Awful female narrator

  • By MadHatter on 07-12-2018

Awful female narrator

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

Reviewed: 07-12-2018

The book: sorry, but I only made it to chapter 8, then could not listen to her anymore. So far though... instant attraction and the hero is already smitten, but I did not like him. She said No, so back off!, not push her harder. I expect that it will be drama and misunderstandings from here on out. That is what it appears to be leading to, but as I did not finish it, I am only guessing.

My biggest problem was the female narrator. She rolls her R, N and sometimes her L at the end of words - but not always. Which leads me to think it is a really, REALLY aggravating affection (also, she does not do it in her male voice). If the sample niggles at you even a tiny bit, do not buy the audio version! By the eighth chapter you will hate her as much as I do.

The male narrator was great. I will probably look up some of his other works.

  • 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.