• One True Mate 1

  • Shifter's Sacrifice
  • By: Lisa Ladew
  • Narrated by: Michael Pauley
  • Series: One True Mate, Book 1
  • Length: 8 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 10-18-16
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Heat Publishing LLC
  • 4 out of 5 stars 4.2 (862 ratings)

Regular price: $19.95

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Publisher's Summary

An all wolf-shifter police force has been the only thing between humans and an unknown evil for centuries, but the pack is in danger of dying if they don't find their promised mates soon.
Trevor Burbank is a shifter cop in a world of humans who don't know the evil that wants them dead. If he does his job well, the humans will never need to know, but he feels like he's working against the clock because his pack is about to die. The females have all been killed, and the half-breeds they make when they mate with humans aren't usually skilled or strong enough to fight.
Gabriela Carmi has lost almost everything that means anything to her way too fast and now she feels like she's losing her mind too. On a quest to find something that won't reveal itself to her, she feels as if she's pining for someone who may not exist. So when an evil presence begins to follow her, she isn't sure if her mind is slowly falling apart or if the impossible is actually coming true. And when an instant attraction sparks between her and the handsome police officer sent to help her, it makes matters worse and better at the same time.
It's a race against time to find the angel/human hybrid "One True Mates" that the pack's spiritual leaders say truly exist. Saving the all the shifter clans is on everyone's mind, except for the chosen, the One True Mates, most of whom don't even know who or what they really are or why they seem to be slowly losing their minds.
Steamy. Light swearing. High heat. You've never experienced a shifter romance like this before.
©2016 Heat Publishing LLC (P)2016 Heat Publishing LLC
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5 out of 5 stars
By Kindle Customer on 11-25-16

Good Story

I enjoyed this storyline. It is a different take on the wolf shifter. I recommend this to anyone who likes shifter stories. I also enjoy Michael Pauley as a narrator. I have listened to a few other books he has narrated and I do enjoy his voice and his narration!

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4 out of 5 stars
By Trish R. on 11-15-16

Great read and OK listen..

I was wondering if this book was going to be any good since it started kinda slow and the hero and heroine didn’t meet until page 25. But it got better and better and their meeting was worth the wait. (((He noticed her pulse beating in her neck and he watched it, fascinated by the bluish tinge he saw at the delicate cut of her collarbone. She was cold. He should offer her a coat. His truck to warm up in. Or to drive. Maybe to have as her own. Or he could get her a new furnace for her house. Or give her his house to live in as long as she wanted. Or how about a ring, a big one, just in case she liked that kind of thing. A woman like her really shouldn’t go without..))) When the narrator read this I had to stop and laugh my A$$ off. The more he read it the faster he read and the more excited he sounded. It was just fantastic.

Anyway, I really like Troy and Trent, Trevor’s brothers that couldn’t shift out of wolf form, they were just awesome, but didn’t like Mac and wasn’t sure I would, he was such an A-hole. AND the author made Ella into an absolute whinny, frightened, wimp. I really had a hard time liking her, so I was hoping she’d get better as time went on. She did. And she had some kind of power, too.

I also liked Wade and Graeme. This was a completely different kind of shifter story.

There was swearing in this book and the F-bomb was used 34 times. AND there were 3 sex scenes. Romantic sex, not erotic.

As to the narrator: Wow, I don’t even know where to start. I loved him one minute then I would hate him. He had great voices for the men and the women sounded like women and when something exciting happened he would be excited, he would yell, whisper, laugh, whatever. But, boy, when there were long periods where Wade would tell a long winded story Michael Pauley would read like a complete robot. It was awful. He could have been a 5 star narrator but he just didn’t quite make it.

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3 out of 5 stars
By AthenaNI on 02-23-17

A passable story let down by poor narration.

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

I listened to the book simply because I had nothing else in my library I hadn't already listened to. I nearly gave up several times due to dire narration.

Would you be willing to try another book from Lisa Ladew? Why or why not?

Undecided. If it was the same narrator then definitely not. If it was free on Kindle I might buy it to see if the story reads better than it sounds.

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

Definitely not.

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


Any additional comments?

My overall impression of the story is that the author has taken bits and pieces from several other series and mishmashed them together.
Although there was nothing new added by the author to this genre the audio book could have been vastly improved by using a different narrator. It took me almost all the running time to get used to his rather flat inflectionless voice. Any other male he voiced sounded like they were a 40 a day smoker and all I could think of when listening to his female voices were Mrs Doubtfire or the comedy voices used by men when trying to imitate women. One of the characters is Scottish, I don't know what accent the narrator voiced him in but it certainly wasn't a Scottish one and when an American character tried to imitate the Grahame the Scottish character he sounded like the Scottish janitor on The Simpsons.
Sorry Mr Pauley but this isn't the series for you.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Sara M. on 05-31-18

should have listened to it earlier

Yes - the narrator takes time to get used to but gets better as the story unfolds.
I wish I hadn't listen to the negative reviews and bought the book earlier.
Not as good as the black dagger brotherhood of course but great start to a shifter romance series.
Solid romantic buildup as well.

If you are looking for a good shifter series, it's for you!

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1 out of 5 stars
By Shay on 08-17-17

Not for me.

The narrators almost mechanical monotone wasn't a fit for me. I am sorry to say I couldn't finish.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 07-12-17

Love it

I'm in love with this book is just..... I have no words to describe what I feel, is not just the main characters, but the history, the composition of the ambient. LOVE IT

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