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Some Kind of Magic

Being(s) in Love, Book 1
By: R. Cooper
Narrated by: Ron Herczig
Series: Being(s) in Love, Book 1
Length: 6 hrs and 3 mins
4 out of 5 stars (6 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Honorable Mention for Best LGBT Cover in the 2011 Rainbow Awards.

Being a police detective is hard. Add the complication of being a werewolf subject to human prejudice, and you might say Ray Branigan has his work cut out for him. He's hot on the trail of a killer when he realizes he needs help.

Enter Cal Parker, the beautiful half fairy Ray's secretly been in love with for years - secretly because while werewolves mate for life, fairies...don't. Ray needs Cal's expertise, but it isn't easy to concentrate with his mate walking around half naked, trying to publicly seduce him. By the time Ray identifies the killer - and sorts out a few prejudices of his own - it may be too late for Cal.

©2011 R. Cooper (P)2015 Dreamspinner Press

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Love the story. Pity about the narrator

This is a favorite story of mine. I have read the book several times so I thought I'd give the audio a go. however the narrator did not suit tje story at all and did not seem to be able to convey the characters personalities at all.

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  • HUFFLEPUFF
  • 27-05-2016

Narrative issue

I could not get passed the monotone voice. I'm sure the book would have been enjoyable with a better narrator.

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  • MsNing
  • 19-03-2016

Horrible

The narrator is so horrible the voice so monotone I felt like I was listening to my high school science teacher

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  • Jordy
  • 09-10-2015

The Narrator of Doom

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

The book was good, but the narrator is awful.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Ron Herczig?

Scott Brick

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This narrator, Ron Herzig, is TERRIBLE. I had to return one book he narrated before, but I'd forgotten his name so I didn't recognize it when I made this purchase. I won't make that mistake a second time. The first time I heard a book he read, the book was by Cardeno C., one of my favorite authors. NOW, he manages to ruin a book by another of my favorites. Why, cruel world!? His inflection is mutilated and there is no distinction in the character's voices. Add to that the fact that I have to listen to him on 1.5x the speed and it is a rainy day in the land of rainbows and unicorns, indeed.

Can people stop using him as a narrator, please? He would be great reading a political bio or something equally innocuous, but for romance novels and books with colorful characters, he is far far less than ideal. He does not sound excited about anything, he slurs a lot, there's noise in the background, and (again) his intonation blows...rather, it just isn't there. I may as well have been listening to SIRI read the book. I've resigned myself not to purchase audible books by this narrator in the future. He really puts me off the story.

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  • Mike
  • 05-08-2016

Yuck!

I have to give this one star. the narration was so bad I could not even understand what was going on with the story.
the truth is it might be a good story but the narration is so bad there's no way to know.

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  • MasterMind
  • 16-07-2016

Terrible narration

There is no other word but drones for the narrators voice. Might have actually enjoyed the story but for that.

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  • Morgan A Skye
  • 08-11-2015

Creative and cute story, so so narration

Ray is a grumpy werewolf cop whose found his mate in Cal- the flighty half-fairy and he’s fighting it because he’s afraid of getting hurt.

In addition, there’s a paranormal mystery to solve (a murder!).
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Cal and Ray dance around each other for most of the book. Their dialog is amazingly entertaining, and highly frustrating at times.

R Cooper gives us a rich, complex world and a dense and involved tale – even though it’s a relatively short story. Ray is funny and grumpy and growly and Cal is (on the surface) just flitting about – but actually feels deeply.

There’s glitter and wings and magic … it’s a wonderful thing!

Fans of the werewolves, magic, fairies and the paranormal will find a little bit of something in this to love. The romance is sweet and satisfying.

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Ron Herczig isn’t my favorite narrator. He has a way of ending each sentence on an up note that gets in the way of my full enjoyment. However, he does a fantastic job with voices and dialog and I really enjoy that aspect of his story-telling.

For the book and the narration 4 of 5 stars

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  • Barbara
  • 26-09-2015

Good but Confused

The overall story is good. My problem came from the scenes switching between present / past. The narration was great. Maybe my confusion stemmed from the story being spoken instead of me reading it myself.

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  • David Hung
  • 05-10-2015

Slow and hard to follow

I love audio books, but I can not even get to the end of this one. Don't wast your time

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  • Alexis
  • 12-06-2019

beautiful world development

I loved the story do much that I listened to the whole thing despite the narrator being sooo bad.

the performance needs a zero star option, but the story needs a six star option.

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  • Brandon
  • 24-08-2018

story was good despite the narrator

only reason I got through the whole thing was because I already listened to book 4.

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  • Kay
  • 11-05-2018

Narration

I struggled so much with the narration. I had parts of the book where I wasn't sure who was talking or if it was past or present. The humour went lost on some instances.

The story line was good but it was hard to follow mainly because of the narrator. He did manage to bring Ray and Cal to life though.