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  • Just My Type

  • By: Tara Sivec
  • Narrated by: James Cavenaugh, CJ Bloom
  • Length: 8 hrs and 14 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

Ember Hastings never thought she'd be dragged away from White Timber and everything she loved, thrust in the middle of a big city she hated, or have her husband of nine years say, "I can't do this anymore", all within the span of three months - yet here she is. She misses her family, she misses the farm, and she misses having a backbone and caring whether or not the stain on her shirt is chocolate or s--t. She works from home doing transcription. Does she really need to shower or leave the house?

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Great... until Chapter 19

  • By MadHatter on 17-07-2019

Great... until Chapter 19

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

Reviewed: 17-07-2019

I read the first 18 chapters, which were really funny, then switched to Audible. It was instantly so irritating that I wanted to stab someone, perhaps me, to put myself out of the misery this book became. The female becomes such a neurotic twit I am still gagging. I discarded it in disgust in Chapter 21. I may go back to the written version, where I can more easily flip pages (or whole chapters) to see if it improves.

  • Between Shifts

  • City Between Series, Book 2
  • By: W.R. Gingell
  • Narrated by: Zehra Jane Naqvi
  • Length: 6 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1

There's a body beneath the skip bins. Fae on the forklift. A vampire in the manager's office. And there's definitely something skeevy going on in the locker rooms. Hi. I'm Pet. Well, not exactly Pet. I am a pet. I was meant to stay out of it, but somebody's gotta do something when humans are being killed by Behindkind creatures. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A joy to read/listen to

  • By MadHatter on 15-07-2019

A joy to read/listen to

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

Reviewed: 15-07-2019

Another superb PG book. Witty and engrossing, with superb narration.

Pet is fully embracing her roll as a pet to the two fae and a vampire she lives with, whom she happily calls either her owners or her three psychos. She compares her role to that of a cat and she will obey if, and who, she wants to. Pet cooperates, partly to keep herself from notice of the foster care system and achieve her end goal (the deed to her parents’ house), but also out of an unacknowledged loneliness and boundless curiosity of the Between.

These books are thoroughly entertaining. Very Australian, laugh out loud funny, with no swearing or sex, just a little violence.

  • Between Jobs

  • City Between Series, Book 1
  • By: W.R. Gingell
  • Narrated by: Zehra Jane Naqvi
  • Length: 7 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2

When you get up in the morning, the last thing you expect to see is a murdered guy hanging outside your window. Things like that tend to draw the attention of the local police, and when you're squatting in your parents' old house until you can afford to buy it, another thing you can't afford is the attention of the cops. Oh yeah. Hi. My name is Pet. It's not my real name, but it's the only one you're getting. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent, although sooo ocka

  • By MadHatter on 15-07-2019

Excellent, although sooo ocka

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

Reviewed: 15-07-2019

Funny and frivolous, this book was a delight.

Pet is an unusual character, having raised her herself (after being home-schooled previously) since she was thirteen. Her outlook on life seems bizarrely accepting of the weird happenings that become her life, but again, she is only 17, no family or friends and no media influences (ever) other than Google at the library - you can’t expect her to behave like a normal teenager. When two fae and a vampire move into her house/life and offer her dream-come true, for the measly exchange of becoming their temporary pet (nothing perverted, think of her as their cat, who can conveniently cook). The males are varied and I particularly enjoyed the banter between the vampire, who refuses to speak English, and Pet, who cannot understand Korean.

For those of you not Australian (not your fault, blame your parents), the colloquialisms may be odd, and as you listen to the Audible version, it is performed excellently, although the accent used for Pet is broad enough to take some adjustment (and that is from a local!). Having said that, the narrator does a wonderful job of sounding natural for younger girl. There are no annoying speech rhythms, pauses or over-acting.

I loved this and have already bought the next book, written and Audible versions. When will the rest go Audible, please?

  • Shadow Lands

  • The Warrior Chronicles, Book 3
  • By: K.F. Breene
  • Narrated by: Caitlin Davies
  • Length: 8 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 18

In order to finally claim her title of Chosen and lead the Shadow People out of the Land of Mist, Shanti must make it through a centuries-old system to test her battle awareness, her fighting skill, and her ability to stay alive. She's about to enter The Trials, and she must do it alone. Separated from Shanti on a dangerous island, Cayan must learn to use his mental skill while keeping his men safe from the people set out to kill them.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good series, abysmal narrator

  • By MadHatter on 01-07-2019

Good series, abysmal narrator

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

Reviewed: 01-07-2019

This narrator is getting worse. I only made it to chapter two of this book and I simply cannot make myself listen to her anymore. She ‘sing-songs’ each sentence, has predictable speech patterns and generally sucks. She makes Shanti (our heroine) thoroughly boring and unlikeable, when I know, from previously reading this series, that whilst, Shanti is smart and determined, she is also irreverent and a bit of prankster.
I will be taking Audible up on their offer to get a refund for these books.
However, the series is actually good (if two books too long) and worth reading.

  • Darkness Unchained

  • Sky Brooks Series, Book 2
  • By: McKenzie Hunter
  • Narrated by: Jorjeana Marie
  • Length: 13 hrs and 7 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 15

Just survive. That's been Sky's goal since uncovering a dangerous secret: she had died at birth and became host to a very powerful spirit shade. Now Skylar has the rare ability to manipulate magic - an ability some would kill for. Needing to lie low, she declines membership in the Midwest Pack, the most powerful pack in the country. Sky thinks she can return to a normal life. She's wrong. When a pack member is brutally assaulted, Sky saves her.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Even better

  • By Millsy on 08-01-2018

Confusing

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

Reviewed: 13-06-2019

This story is told from both Skylar’s and Chris’s point of view. Whilst interesting, as Chris is still on/off with Ethan and Skylar isn’t romantically invested in him yet, I hated that a lot of the time I had no idea who was I was following. They interchanged with no warning.
I don’t really like any of the characters yet, particularly the females.
I will give it one more book...

  • Moon Tortured

  • Sky Brooks Series, Book 1
  • By: McKenzie Hunter
  • Narrated by: Jorjeana Marie
  • Length: 13 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 40
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 39
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 38

Sky Brooks's life started with a death - her own. Sky spent the first 23 years of her life unaware of this, among other things. She always thought she was just a shapeshifter until she woke up in a strange house in rural Illinois - battered, bruised, and with only vague memories of her mother's death at the hands of vampires. At the request of a powerful witch, Sky is put under the protection of the Midwest Pack. But she isn't sure she can trust them, especially after she meets the dangerously sexy Ethan, a pack member who's known for being more ruthless than altruistic.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Series

  • By Lee111 on 16-07-2018

Great start

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

Reviewed: 12-06-2019

Speed up the narration to 1.25 and it sounds normal.
Good story, improving as it continues (she was so stupid at the start). I am looking forward to reading the same book from Ethan’s POV

  • Dragon's Gift: The Protector Complete Series: Books 1 - 5

  • By: Linsey Hall
  • Narrated by: Laurel Schroeder
  • Length: 31 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 4

To the world, I'm a just a Conjurer. To my closest friends, I'm a FireSoul - a dangerous Magica with forbidden powers and a dragon's soul. The downside? If anyone discovers what I am, I'm dead. So I lay low, kicking butt with my weapons, not my magic. Things get ugly when I witness the murder of a powerful vampire ally and become the key suspect. Soon, I'm hunted by the sexiest, strongest supernatural I've ever met. Ares is an unheard of vampire hybrid, and it's hard to say if he wants to kiss me or kill me. I've got three days to catch the real killer.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • I need to get the written version

  • By MadHatter on 12-05-2019

I need to get the written version

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

Reviewed: 12-05-2019

Because the Audible one was bad. The narrator has the repetitive speech pattern that has ruined many a book for me. It becomes sing-song and predicable. She also has a limited range of different character voices and emotional range. I personally don’t like the lilting R’s, but that is just an accent, I think.
Because of these qualities I could not make it past Chapter 9. I think it would be an interesting story, but in the written version.

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  • Stud in the Stacks

  • By: Pippa Grant
  • Narrated by: Joe Arden, Karen White
  • Length: 7 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8

When it comes to women, I know what they want. And all day long, I give it to them. Dark, broody, and sexy? You got it. Need to laugh? I'm your guy. Desperate for something to put you in the mood? You've come to the right place, kitten. Every morning when my library opens, there's a line around the block, the ladies flocking to me in need of their next book boyfriend. I'm that dude. The one who knows his way around the romance section. And if you think that hasn't gotten me plenty of action over the years, you'd be wrong.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Dreadful

  • By MadHatter on 06-05-2019

Dreadful

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

Reviewed: 06-05-2019

I have read this author before and enjoyed her work, but his was was abysmal. I couldn’t go past chapter 10, which was hoping that it would improve. Nothing but lust. No decent plot, never made me laugh.

Read her book Geekheart instead.

  • Mercenary Instinct

  • Mandrake Company, Book 1
  • By: Ruby Lionsdrake
  • Narrated by: Jill Redfield
  • Length: 10 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 8

Skulking around in the ruins on a planet swarming with treasure hunters, slavers, and bounty hunters isn't good for one's health. But Ankari Markovich needs a few archaeological samples for her latest business venture, a venture that might prove lucrative enough to move her family off the impoverished planet where she grew up. Unfortunately, she has no sooner collected her samples than she's captured by a band of brawny mercenaries.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • ****Fantastic read****

  • By IMEE B on 27-07-2017

Good fun

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

Reviewed: 29-04-2019

The narrator starts out stiff and weird sounding, but loosens up to a more natural speech pattern

  • The Rogue Prince

  • Sky Full of Stars, Book 1
  • By: Lindsay Buroker
  • Narrated by: Emily Woo Zeller
  • Length: 11 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 16

Starseer, pilot, and animal lover Jelena Marchenko wants to prove to her parents that she's ready to captain her own freighter and help run the family business. When she finally talks them into getting a second ship and letting her fly it, it doesn't faze her that the craft is decades old and looks like a turtle. This is the chance she's craved for years. But it's not long before the opportunity to rescue mistreated lab animals lures her from her parentally approved cargo run and embroils her in a battle between warring corporations.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good, clean fun - whole trilogy review

  • By MadHatter on 16-04-2019

Good, clean fun - whole trilogy review

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

Reviewed: 16-04-2019

Good plot, great narration.
I have two complaints/suggestions - not enough romance (I am not talking about sex) and the pyjama/underwear joke wore reeeeeealy thin by the end. Otherwise, lots of fun, as usual. Thanks 😁