REVIEW OF AUDIOBOOK; JUNE 27, 2016 Narrator: Tristan James
When I started listening to the audiobook I was struck by 2 things: first, nothing was familiREVIEW OF AUDIOBOOK; JUNE 27, 2016 Narrator: Tristan James
When I started listening to the audiobook I was struck by 2 things: first, nothing was familiar even though I'd read the book when it first came out in 2010; second, hearing Tristan James' voice was like a cool drink of water on a scorching-hot day.
Kudos to Stone for making this a "real" romantic mystery instead of just tacking the label 'cop' on the MC. There was a real murder mystery and investigation, albeit not the detailed ones in a true crime/mystery genre, and a full-length novel so that the characters, relationship and the murders were resolved - to my satisfaction, that is
I love Tristan James' voice but one complaint I had about his narrations was that he had a lot of those breath sounds. I hate those and find audio productions that don't remove them impossible to listen to! I was reading a discussion on narrating and how to avoid/remove these breath sounds and one commenter (a narrator, IIRC) said that they were ok because "narrators are human and need to breathe". Well, narrators break wind, too, because they need to fart but I don't want to hear that. Anyway, mini-rant over. Tristan was great here. No disruptive breath sounds at all. Very smooth audio production. The only minus was his Japanese accent. It was just a minor bit but I had to laugh because Tanaka didn't sound at all Japanese. More like a Italian mixed with Spanish and some other indeterminate accent.
Overall, I enjoyed this audio very much and hope the rest of the Flesh series comes out in audio soon. ...more
REVIEW OF AUDIOBOOK (DNF ); JULY 1, 2016 Narrator: Randal Schaffer
I wasn't expecting a murder thriller or a fast-paced one, more like a gay Cork O'ConREVIEW OF AUDIOBOOK (DNF ); JULY 1, 2016 Narrator: Randal Schaffer
I wasn't expecting a murder thriller or a fast-paced one, more like a gay Cork O'Connor small-town mystery, but this book was unbearably boring. I bought it because it sounded like a romantic suspense and it probably is but I found the first couple of hours a chore to listen to. Gave up after three.
The narrator's performance was fine but his voice didn't fit the story, somehow. Purely personal, of course, but I would have continued listening if the story had been better.
As always, my 1 star is for DNFing it and not even liking what little I heard....more
DNF'd after fifteen minutes. Felt like one of the old category romance titles. I thought by now the writing for romances would be more sophisticated.DNF'd after fifteen minutes. Felt like one of the old category romance titles. I thought by now the writing for romances would be more sophisticated. It has, for some authors but not this one. A pity. The blurb hooked me. However, I admit I'm comparing the writing style and level of sophistication to that of mainstream suspenses. On the other hand, there's Julie James in the romance genre and even though I didn't care for her last two books, hers is the type of writing style and tone I'm looking for....more
I actually liked this (what little I listened to) but the non-stop foul language from both MCs just got too annoying. May be1 star is for aborting it.
I actually liked this (what little I listened to) but the non-stop foul language from both MCs just got too annoying. May be okay in print but there's no escaping it in audio; not when almost every other sentence (by the girl and the guy) is replete with 'fuck' and other cuss words. It's in keeping with their characters, though, so if you don't mind foul language, I could recommend this Motorcycle Club romance.
I think this is also what they call New Adult - 1st Person POV, in this case, alternating between King and Doe. I actually love Alternate 1st Person but the dual narrators here is wasted. The narration is divided up by chapters and the chapters are divided up by POV. Molly Glenmore narrates Doe's POV and all the dialogue in that chapter while Rob Shapiro does the same for King. Now, I adore Shapiro's narration - he's my current #1. Unfortunately, after paying for 2 narrators, the producers didn't go a little further and have them speak the appropriate character's voice. So Rob narrated his chapter and did his 1st Person PoV for King, but he also narrates Doe's voice. Men do women's voices much better than women trying to sound like men so Molly Glenmore's part was not at all satisfactory. All her characters sounded the same and sometimes I didn't know whether it was King or Doe, or someone else speaking.
I also think this a New Adult romance because of the 1st Person POV and because there's so much introspection and Doe is so self-absorbed I felt as I was her psychoanalyst listening to her interminable monologue about herself.
I'm assuming the romance - when it gets going - will be sensual and I did enjoy the parts where Doe was regurgitating her life events. I can see how there are fans of erotic romances like this and I would still like to try another - but not 1st Person, please, and less F-bombs peppering every sentence....more
This was short (23,000 words), and doesn't add anything to the MC that you couldn't get by reading the blurb. Gage's neighbor hires him to find his miThis was short (23,000 words), and doesn't add anything to the MC that you couldn't get by reading the blurb. Gage's neighbor hires him to find his missing girlfriend; a little bit of action, gf is found, bad guys lose, end of novella. You wouldn't have missed anything if you don't read this. I listened tyo the first novel in the series immediately after the prequel and recommend skipping the latter (even if it's just 99 cents)....more