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  • Grim

  • Tornians Book 1
  • By: M.K. Eidem
  • Narrated by: Commodore James, Laura Jennings
  • Length: 12 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 33
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32

King Grim Vasteri is the strongest and most feared warrior in the Tornian Empire. He is the King of Luda, blood brother to the Emperor, and his line will die with him. He will have no offspring for no female would join with him for once he was scarred he was considered "unfit". The Tornian Empire has been dying ever since the great infection caused the birth of females to become a rarity. Since then they have been searching the known universes for compatible females.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great beginning to a series

  • By yvonne farrell on 26-12-2016

The story is true but the audiobook is a mixed bag

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

Reviewed: 31-03-2017

Would you listen to Grim again? Why?

I would listen to Grim again because M.K. Eidem's novel is engaging. I'd also listen to it again just to hear Commodore James' raspy Grim impersonation.

What did you like best about this story?

Although Grim and Lisa's relationship progressed really quickly early on, the author was able to grow their understanding of each other through their interactions and misunderstandings.

Have you listened to any of Commodore James and Laura Jennings ’s other performances? How does this one compare?

I've never listened to either Commodore James or Laura Jennings' other performances. Commodore James has a really lovely cadence to his narration that feels very un-rushed. He also does the Grim and Wray voices very well but unfortunately for every other male character sounds whiny or as though they have either a speech impediment or a learning disability. Laura Jennings is a talent but her casting was wrong for Lisa's character since her voice has a shaky quality that was really distracting and sounded really elderly.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I would listen to it all in one setting for the narration and Grim's parts alone.

Any additional comments?

Honestly when I first heard Lisa, I thought she was an old woman. In the novel, Lisa is only 24 years old but Laura Jennings makes her sound like an 80 year old woman. A complete turn off.

  • Cyborg Heat

  • Burning Metal, Book 1
  • By: Lisa Lace
  • Narrated by: Michael Pauley
  • Length: 5 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    2.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2

Amanda is a scientist for the military's cyborg program. Programming and repairing once-human soldiers is a lot easier than trying to date, so she buries herself in her work. She'll never admit that the cyborgs often seem like more than machines to her - especially the handsome AD-214.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Do yourself a favour and read the book instead

  • By THoang on 31-01-2017

Do yourself a favour and read the book instead

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

Reviewed: 31-01-2017

What would have made Cyborg Heat better?

Cyborg heat was great but could've been better with a more believable ending. The solution seemed a little too convenient and uninspired... a deus ex machina of sorts.

What did you like best about this story?

I liked the heroine best. Don't remember her name, but she was smart and spunky.

Would you be willing to try another one of Michael Pauley’s performances?

Never. Nothing will ever be able to compel me to ever listen to another Michael Pauley recorded audiobook. He was terrible. Nails on a chalkboard terrible. He succeeded in making the heroine, who happened to be a smart and hot scientist, sound like a breathy airhead. He should be banned from narrating women.

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

NA

Any additional comments?

Don't bother with the audiobook. The story is promising and I'd definitely look into other books in this series but the narration is a letdown.