LISTENER

Cheri Champagne

  • 62
  • reviews
  • 4
  • helpful votes
  • 78
  • ratings

Not Very Thrilling

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

Reviewed: 2020-02-20

I didn't find this one as great as the first, but I still enjoyed it. The ending was disappointing (not just the cliffhanger); the "big reveal" was anticlimactic and there was no suspense. I found that it read more like a cozy, rather than something heart-pounding. Additionally, I could see the ending coming from the third chapter, which dulled the anticipation of the reveal quite a lot.

After listening to the first novel, there was too much repetition at the beginning of this one; I wish that there'd been more creativity in how the info was retold (perhaps in dialogue, for example).

I also found the relationship stuff for Lex to be a bit depressing. The excuse that she gave for not talking to her husband was awfully weak. Maybe if we'd seen her husband talk about the dangers of another job within her hearing, and his expressing being grateful that his wife doesn't do anything so dangerous? Not sure, but maybe that would have upped the tension a bit.

I'll listen to the next one if it's ever written, just because I want to find out what happens after the cliffhanger. This one, though, was not the greatest.

Superb Narration

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

Reviewed: 2020-02-20

This was a good book, a nice end to the series. I think that my issue with this one is that it was a bit melodramatic, and not enough angsty. The romance was sweet, but there were so many times that I wanted to shake some sense into them.

Overall, a good read. Not my favourite of the trilogy, though. 3.5*

The narration was spectacular. I absolutely adore Joel Leslie.

Great Listen

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

Reviewed: 2020-02-13

This was very close to a full "win" for me. I loved the humour and the way the author showed Gabe's feelings for Dylan in his glances, etc. without us having to be in Gabe's head.

What I had difficulty with, was the amount of angst and the how long it went on for. I also didn't like Gabe's philandering through the beginning.

The narration is absolutely amazing. Joel Leslie is truly one to be admired for his ability to give each character a new voice, new inflection, and new personality. He's a joy to listen to.

Overall, this was an enjoyable listen. I will listen to it again, and have already bought the next audiobooks in the series.

1 person found this helpful

Wow

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2020-02-13

I absolutely loved this book. It had just enough angst, and the perfect amount of humour.

Joel Leslie is a spectacular narrator, switching seamlessly between accents and giving each voice so much soul.

Will listen to it again in a heartbeat.

Disappointing

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

Reviewed: 2020-01-18

There was real potential with this book. Sadly, it came just shy of delivering.

Blue spent far too much time waffling, and Kelly put up with it for too long. Blue's constant dipping-his-foot-in attitude irritated me to no end, and Kelly's acceptance of it was no better.

For all the "angst" that should have been there, I didn't FEEL it; I spent more time frustrated or angry with the characters, and there wasn't enough emotional investment. If the author wanted to break our hearts, I wanted mine torn from my chest, but instead, I spent my time rolling my eyes at Blue's melodrama. In fact, I was rooting for Kelly to get in bed with one of the other guys that seemed into him, which is totally unheard of, as I like monogamy.

Overall, the story was a bit disappointing.

As for the narration, I'm a huge fan of Sean Crisden, so that was a plus for me.

A Fun, Sexy, and Easy Listen

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2019-12-17

I absolutely loved this book. Griffin and Dane were charming and loveable, and Wicket was crazy cute. The romance built nicely, and the book's conclusion was satisfying.

This is a low-angst, low-conflict story, which is genuinely refreshing after reading a lot of heavy books. It was light and fluffy, with a fun, comedic element in the form of Griffin's landlady.

I seriously loved it. Will read again, and would recommend it for those of you who need something light, sexy, and happy.

Bears Listening Again

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

Reviewed: 2019-12-17

I found this one entertaining, but the romance was disappointing. A lot of their intimacies were glossed-over in the past-tense, and we didn't see all of their firsts. If it has an impact on the character and is integral to both their character and their romantic arc, it should be in the story.

It bears listening again before I post a full review.

Will Listen Again

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

Reviewed: 2019-12-17

This was fun. Nick and Teddy were entertaining. Nick was a bit of a Scrooge, but that was part of his arc, and Teddy was adorable. Will listen again.

Will Listen Again!

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

Reviewed: 2019-10-26

I definitely enjoyed this one. Damon Suede has a way with words that is almost hypnotic. These two seemed like a great pairing. I honestly wish that Suede had more books on the market for me to gobble up, because I want to read more.

The only part of the book that I'm a bit hung up on is Dante's reasonings (revealed at the end) behind his desire to do the porn, and a few other things about the porn that I won't put here. Ultimately, this aspect of the book bothered me a bit. Otherwise, I adored it.

As for narration, I found that for the first 2/3 of the novel, everyone sounded the same, but in the last third, the narrator put on a Brooklyn accent for Dante. Not only that, but I wasn't so keen on this narrator's voice for women. I think he just needs some more practice, because otherwise the narration was decent.

Would Listen Again!

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

Reviewed: 2019-10-04

I adored this book! Honestly, my only complaint would be the pacing. In-between the action scenes (which, thankfully, there were quite a few of), there was a lot of internal dialogue, reminiscing, and some pointless bits of information that really didn't need to be put in. The extra, fiddly tangents dragged the story a bit, but ultimately, I really enjoyed it! I would definitely recommend this book.