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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-06-18

Painfully bad narrator

What would have made Possessing Providence better?

I love the story, have read it many times, but the narrator is just awful

What was one of the most memorable moments of Possessing Providence?

The moment she finds the hero in the cell, her reaction

What didn’t you like about Jennifer Cliff’s performance?

Her non dialogue sounds robotic, but her dialogue is almost comically bad. I gave up at the fourth chapter. It is easily the worst narration that I have ever heard. Listen to the sample, but be warned, the narration does get worse. Her English accents weren't bad, but the Australian sounded like someone doing a mocking interpretation. I can't believe this actually was released; where is the quality control?

What character would you cut from Possessing Providence?

None, the story itself is pretty solid

Any additional comments?

I hope this gets re-released with better narration to do the story justice. I definitely recommend buying the book, but it is ruined with this narrator.

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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-24-18

Love the story, narrators, not so much

If you could sum up Mischief and the Masters in three words, what would they be?

Pranks, sex & love

What was one of the most memorable moments of Mischief and the Masters?

Any of the pranks, always hilarious to see doms from previous books react to Uzuri's pranks

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

There are two narrators, and the female narrator isn't exactly bad, but she made the main character sound like an 80-yr-old woman.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I have reread this book countless times, and I still find myself laughing

Any additional comments?

Love the story, one of my favorites of the series. I do wish they would use a different female narrator, just because she is not very good at using different inflections for different characters without aging them

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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-24-18

Good story, horrible narration

Is there anything you would change about this book?

Spoiler, but the cousin Debi committed so many illegal acts, some definitely felonies, and she gets no real comeuppance. It was so frustrating. Peyton spends so much time of the story lamenting that her cousin is never held accountable and is spoiled, yet she lets her get away with so much. This left a bad taste after finishing the story, but otherwise, it is a good read

What did you like best about this story?

I love that the plot revolves around a bad guy getting justice

How did the narrator detract from the book?

One of the worst narrators I have heard. She often sounds like the archetypal "omg, no waaay" valley girl, and is just generally irritating to listen to

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

no

Any additional comments?

Not my favorite Julie Garwood, and I only went with the audiobook since I had a credit and her ebooks are extremely overpriced, but the narrator is so bad, I think I will return it

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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-09-17

ruined by bad narration

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

Dialogue was a bit corny, didn't seem to fit

How could the performance have been better?

1. Giving the characters even slightly different voices. 2. She has a strange rhythm where she is randomly speaking very slowly, then speeds up again, so if they could fix her pacing, that would help, got annoying fast. 3. Her inflection was just odd; some parts sounded like she was bored, etc

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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-02-17

bad narration

I couldn't finish. The narrator is truly awful. The inflection is odd, and children sound like minnie mouse

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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-31-17

How did this narration get approved????????

Is there anything you would change about this book?

The book itself is good. It is a light and cute story

What was one of the most memorable moments of Bunny and the Bear?

The rescue

What didn’t you like about Abby Craden’s performance?

Her narration for voices is easily the worst I have ever heard. The voices have the weirdest pacing, and no voice sounds relatively normal/acceptable. Every voice sounds like she is mocking someone, but the high pitched ridiculous voice for Miranda that is as out of place as it is annoying. The men will alternately sound like Gollum or low pitched off tempo messes

What would have made this romance irresistible?

Better narration

Any additional comments?

Please, PLEASE, rerelease with a better narrator. It is an adorable story ruined by this narration. I thought she would be good, her voice when isn't trying to use a character voice is very good.

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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-02-17

Good story, audio hissing on s's

Would you listen to Dragon Bound again? Why?

Definitely not. I tried different devices, playing with equalizer, but audio had the most annoying hissing sound on s sounds

What didn’t you like about Sophie Eastlake’s performance?

I don't think it was the narrator so much as the editing

Any additional comments?

Good story, but I hope they redo the audiobook

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1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-05-16

males voices sound like bad Gollum impersonation

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

The narrator is not bad overall, but her male voices are absolutely horrible. I couldn't finish listening to it, it was just painfully awful

Who was your favorite character and why?

Renee, very sweet character, and her exuberance is cute

What didn’t you like about Abby Craden’s performance?

Any time a male speaks, she fails miserably. I cannot emphasize enough how terrible her male voices are. Viktor sounds like the narrator is doing a Gollum impersonation

What character would you cut from Croc and the Fox?

none

Any additional comments?

Great book, have read it several times, but avoid this mess of an audiobook. This narrator is officially on my "avoid at all costs" list. It's easily the worst I have ever heard because of the male voices. The rest, the females and non dialogue are perfectly fine

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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-12-16

an audiobook should not need subtitles

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

Not so much. The narrator's cajun accent was a bit overdone and it was frustrating trying to understand her often

Who was your favorite character and why?

anyone who didn't need an accent, so none of the main characters

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Christina Traister?

Anyone

Did Mercy inspire you to do anything?

Turn off my kindle

Any additional comments?

The story is very good, I have a paperback copy of it that is white-spined, I have read it so often. It's a nice change from her other contemporaries, I think one of Julie Garwood's strongest. That said, the narrator made a valiant attempt at accents, which in other settings, or other media, would probably be successful. But they neglected to factor in that 75 per cent of the dialogue uses this accent where consonants are dropped, words are pronounced with weird emphasis. It came across cartoonish at times, and at others, it was annoying and difficult to understand. If I hadn't read the book previously, I would have been lost. I absolutely hate how she narrates the heroine's father's voice. I often could not understand what he was supposed to be saying with the odd accent and the weird high pitched inflection at the end of every sentence

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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-30-15

Lost interest

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

The switching of the narrators was a little distracting. I have listened to other audio books where the narrators changed with the perspective, but it didn't work on this one, but I think that is a fault of the story, not the narrators.

Would you ever listen to anything by Melissa Petreshock again?

No, definitely not. It seemed like it was written for a young adult. I don't mean that in respect to romance, but its approach. You can find a lot of YA books that have sex; it often isn't as graphic, but then a lot of adult books can have younger characters with no sex. The difference is often in the vernacular and overall tone. To be honest, it had a Twilight tone, and I can't say that without a negative connotation. Characters are limited, and the dialogue is just...rough. There are several similar characters, so names got confusing very quickly

What didn’t you like about the narrators’s performance?

They are good narrators, but the overall performance is just not good, and it is very distracting.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

No, not really. If this were fan fiction or free online, I might be more lenient, but for its reviews and cost, it was not of a good enough quality

Any additional comments?

I liked the idea of the juxtaposition of an advanced society with supernaturals to archaic beliefs, but it was such a method of getting the author to a desired outcome, rather than a plot device. That sounds silly, but there is a difference. A plot device will have an ease to it, but if the author is forcing an idea, it feels...amateur. Rules exist not for creating a setting, but for forcing an ending. Personalities are irrelevant, intricacies of conflict or climax are boring. In the end, characters are forgettable, the book is boring, and the audio book is fast to be deleted.

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