By: J.R. Ward
Narrated by: Jim Frangione
18hrs and 37mins
Black Dagger Brotherhood, Book 9
Payne, twin sister of Vishous, is cut from the same dark, warrior cloth as her brother: A fighter by nature, and a maverick when it comes to the traditional role of Chosen females, there is no place for her on the Far Side… and no role for her on the front lines of the war, either.
When she suffers a paralyzing injury, human surgeon Dr. Manuel Manello is called in to treat her as only he can- and he soon gets sucked into her dangerous, secret world. Although he never before believed in things that go bump in the night- like vampires- he finds himself more than willing to be seduced by the powerful female who marks both his body and his soul.
As the two find so much more than an erotic connection, the human and vampire worlds collide … just as a centuries old score catches up with Payne and puts both her love and her life in deadly jeopardy.
I loved this book from the first chapter to the last.
I was thinking to myself how wonderful it was to be back in the BDB’s world, taken back by the excellent narration and interpretation of Jim Frangione. He does just a masterful job with the characters, he truly captures each personality to the max, his voice is sensual, sexy, strong and just plain cool, delivering with the exactitude JR Ward's style of writing.
This is the ninth book in the Black Dagger Brotherhood series, and if you are not familiar with it, I recommend to start with the first book, this is a continuation of these character’s lives and I don’t think you would enjoy it as much without the back history, and what a back story it’s!!, Also be aware of the sexual content, these are not YA, but just a greedy, emotional, sexy and entertaining as hell Paranormal Romance on the border of Urban Fantasy, in fact some might categorize it just that, particularly after this installment where it seems for a big part of the book the main couple in this story took a bit of the back seat for the rest of the characters , even though, we still get the happy ending we all have come to expect from these books.
Without going into any spoilers I can only add what a great listen it is, I didn’t want to pause for a minute, I felt gone, taken away and really experiencing the lives of these characters, which I come to know and love, thanks to the excellent portrait and writing approach of JR Ward.
I highly recommend this audio book, and even if you’ve already read it, you will love the way Jim Frangione adds a different dimension to this book as well as the rest of them in this series.
To all Paranormal Romance and Urban Fantasy lovers I say: If you haven’t partaken in this phenomenal series, what is holding you back?
What others said:
By Valerie Mar 30, 2011
She is a master story teller. I loved this book and can't wait for the next one.
By Wilma Mar 30, 2011
Great book love love love BDB. Please keep them coming. Narrator is the best story really comes to life.
By Mary Mar 30, 2011
Jim Frangione makes the Black Dagger Brotherhood come alive wonderfully. His voice makes the characters what they are meant to be, strong, sexy, cool. I just cant get enough. I hope there are many more to come and they must always be read by Jim Frangione. I tried reading one and it just wasn't the same. He should have narrated JR Wards other (much inferior) Fallen Angels series. Wish there were more series like this.... another good one is the Ghost Walker series, narrated by another great reader... Tom Stetschulte.
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By: Patrcia Briggs
Narrated by: Lorelei King
8 hrs and 54mins
Mercy Thompson, Book 6
Car mechanic Mercy Thompson has always known there was something different about her, and not just the way she can make a VW engine sit up and beg. Mercy is a shapeshifter, a talent she inherited from her long-gone father. And she's never known any others of her kind. Until now. As Mercy comes to terms with this new information, an evil is stirring in the depths of the Columbia River. Something deadly is coming, facts are thin on the ground and Mercy feels ill at ease. However, her father's people may know more. To have any hope of surviving, Mercy and her mate, the Alpha werewolf Adam, will need all the resources the shifters can offer. Or death will be the least of their worries.
I can say enough about the perfect execution by Lorelei King, she brings Mercy and Adam as well as the rest of characters to life, I can honestly say that I’m glad I listened to this book first, I might have been a little disappointed If read it instead, this is one of those cases when the narrator makes the book a better one.
This the sixth installment of the series Mercy Thompson, this book made me realize the Mercy might just be my favorite heroine in a series or a t least a close second to Clare from the Outlander series. Patricia Briggs does a masterful job at creating and humanizing these characters that you come to consider them part of your family.
In this installment we get to see what a wonderful relationship Adam and Mercy share (I love them both). This book was a little different than the previous ones; we get to spend a lot more time with Adam and Mercy, there’s a little more romance without missing some the action that we come to love and expect. You'll be pleasantly surprised to see that Stephan is back, and is hinting that we’re going to hear a lot more about him.
These characters are so consistently well written that I enjoy reading or listening about them, whether they move the story forward or not.
I definitely recommend reading or listening to this series in order, this book reads like another chapter in Mercy and Adam’s world, you really have to have these characters’s history to appreciate this book.
Other books in this series and reading order
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I have enjoyed each and every book in the Mercy Thompson series and I believe this is my newest favorite! I truly enjoy the writing of Patricia Briggs and Lorelei King did an awesome job bringing this to audio life! This was well worth the wait - can't wait for the next installment!!!
This story includes many previous characters, but adds quite a few new ones, and I hope we get to see at least some of them again. The story has moved in a new direction, adding depth to the story and the characters. I especially enjoyed the humor - there seems to be more of that this time. I'm really looking forward to book 7! This series is one that I have listened to several times, and I plan to continue to replay. Ms. Briggs writes a very good story, and Ms. King brings it to life.
Patricia Briggs delivers another story that packs a wallop in River Marked! While on their 10-day Honeymoon, Adam and Mercy get caught up in a mystery which leads the reader into some of Mercy's American Indian roots. This includes more background on her biological father. The Fae are involved in the periphery of the story, as well. Along the way, Adam and Mercy are put into a situation where they must contend with a water-dwelling monster lurking in the depths of a river near where Mercy and Adam are staying for their Honeymoon. In order to eradicate the evil river monster, she and Adam must join their new-found allies against the monster in order to conquer it.
This novel is a great addition to this series. Patricia Briggs does not disappoint her fans in this intricate story. Plus, Lorelei King's voice is perfect for Mercy. Happy Listening from Bona Fide Reflections!
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Coming Next: Pleasure Unbound by Larissa Ione
By: Darynda Jones
Narrated by: Lorelei King
9hrs and 4 mins
Charlotte “Charley” Davidson is not your stereotypical Grim Reaper. She’s sexy, sassy, and likes to help dead people with unfinished business before they cross. She’s more of a bright light kind of girl than a hood with an axe. For her day job, Charley is an Albuquerque private investigator and a consultant to her police detective uncle. Lately, her nights have been steamed up with dreams of a hot mystery lover who may or may not be real. It’s chick-lit meets paranormal with a touch of mystery in the buzz-worthy First Grave on the Right.
Inevitably, this book will be compared to Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum series. They both have feisty female protagonists, snappy dialogue, and zany characters. Veteran narrator Lorelei King also performs the Stephanie Plum books and is well-cast in this novel. What makes her fantastic in the Plum series is her ability to define the voices of all the secondary characters and inject them with interest and distinct personalities. In this performance, she does not disappoint. King seamlessly switches among the characters and has fantastic comedic timing. She elevates the work and keeps the laughs coming.
This is a debut novel from Darynda Jones. It will not be her last; this is clearly a launch for a series. There’s quite a bit of set-up as Charley begins to understand more of her abilities and the presence of other supernatural beings. Jones has created an interesting premise and characters. The mystery element is weak, however, and the writing is on the mediocre side. Jones is at her best with witty dialogue and keeps things moving at a brisk pace. Overall, it’s a fun, breezy listen and an enjoyable escape.
Fans of Janet Evanovich, Lorelei King, and paranormal romance will want to give this new series a listen
What a great take off for a series, my expectations are high and very enthusiastic about the future installments and I got a feeling they will be met.
I really enjoyed Charley; she’s sarcastic and self-deprecating to the max, what a great character, I can very easily see her becoming part of a list of characters I consider my fictional family.
If you love the Stephanie Plum series you really are going to enjoy this book, this was a fast moving funny and sexy romped listen.
Any book that can keep me laughing and listening without wanting to pause from start to finish is a keeper on my shelf.
Lorelei King was fantastic as usual.
If you have never listen to Lorelei king before, you will be pleasantly surprise, she’s an excellent narrator, some of her previous books include the Stephanie Plum series in which she does a fantastic job, also narrates the Mercy Thompson books, both of these series are among my favorites.
After listening to all of these series I can really appreciate her talent, she manages to give each of the heroines their unique personalities, capturing the true character as intended by the author.
Looki♥ng foward to the next book.
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Loved, absolutely and unabashedly delighted in, the first 3/4 or so. The last part ended up being a 'tie up the ends and make a POINT' although not quite proselytizing and while it helped to have it knotted up, it wasn't nearly as fun as the first bit. That having been said, the book was absolutely worth reading. Characterization was balanced and they did mostly what one would expect of them given the set-up. The plot line moved along nicely; it seems to me to be a set up for a series, but still it ENDED rather than being a 'tune in next week' sort of story line. Lots of laughs without being fatuous. And I find myself occasionally bringing up parts of the book and working on why the author included it or what she meant or ... well, you get my drift, so enough meat to leave me going 'hmmm'.
If you like Janet Evonavich you will love Darynda Jones...they have much the same humor. This book is a great listen, once again Lorelei King does a fantastic job with each character! This book will not disappoint! Can't wait until the next book.
This book was really good...nothing like I've been listening to. A female heroine who is brave, sassy, and sexy and not afraid to show her own sexuality. It is okay for women to be sexy (not slutty). A very funny listen!!! I felt in tune with the lead character, as I have her same grace and sense of humor! I can't wait for the next installment!
Voices behind the books
Once described as 'the best known American voice on radio 4,' Lorelei has recorded more than 200 programs for the BBC, including the Marx Brothers tribute, 'Flywheel, Shyster and Flywheel,' super-hero 'audio movies' including 'Superman,' 'Batman' and 'Judge Dredd and classic American drama such as 'East of Eden,' 'Ethan Frome' and 'A Thousand Acres.' She appears regularly as a panellist on shows such as 'Where in the World' and 'Wordly Wise' and has hosted her own talk show, 'All About Eve.'
Lorelei is a multi- award-winning narrator of audiobooks, recording the works of best-selling authors Janet Evanovich, Sue Grafton and Patricia Cornwell among others.
Her work in animation is extensive, and in America she provides the voices for 'Wendy' and 'Packer' (among others) in Bob the Builder.
Born in Pennsylvania and raised in Los Angeles, Lorelei now makes her home in London, where she lives with her husband, actor Vincent Marzello.
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Dark Hunter, Book 3
By: Sherrilyn Kenyon
Narrated by: Fred Berman
11 hrs and 19 mins
Zarek's point of view:
"Dark-Hunter: a soulless guardian who stands between mankind and those who would see mankind destroyed. Yeah, right. The only part of that Code of Honor I got was eternity and solitude.
"Insanity: A condition many say I suffer from after being alone for so long. But I don't suffer from my insanity - I enjoy every minute of it.
"Trust: I can't trust anyone...not even myself. The only thing I trust in is my ability to do the wrong thing in any situation and to hurt anyone who gets in my way.
"Truth: I endured a lifetime as a Roman slave, and 900 years as an exiled Dark-Hunter. Now I'm tired of enduring. I want the truth about what happened the night I was exiled - I have nothing to lose and everything to gain.
"Astrid (Greek, meaning star): An exceptional woman who can see straight to the truth. Brave and strong, she is a point of light in the darkness. She touches me and I tremble. She smiles and my cold heart shatters.
"Zarek: They say even the most damned man can be forgiven. I never believed that until the night Astrid opened her door to me and made this feral beast want to be human again. Made me want to love and be loved. But how can an ex-slave whose soul is owned by a Greek goddess ever dream of touching, let alone holding, a fiery star?"
French Quarter of New Orleans to the isolated Alaska wilderness) and its focus on Zarek, the baddest of all the Dark-Hunters. Physically gorgeous but scarred psychologically thanks to his former life as a Greco-Roman slave, Zarek is bitter, feared and rejected by everyone, including the Greek goddess who transformed him. It's up to the emotionally detached nymph Astrid, sister to the three Fates, to judge whether 900 years of isolation has made Zarek too vicious to be redeemed. To accomplish this task, she tries to push Zarek "to the heights of his tolerance and beyond." Sasha, a werewolf posing as a mere pet, serves as her protector, and the witty telepathic banter between them is a nice counterpoint to the seriousness of Zarek and Astrid's relationship. Kenyon's slangy dialogue also leavens the story. In the midst of a heated battle, for instance, a disoriented Astrid asks Zarek what's happening, and his blasé reply is, "Not much.... Some invincible asshole is trying to kill me." Those who can't get enough of bad boy heroes and Buffy the Vampire Slayer reruns will relish this roguish tale.
This is the third book in the Dark hunter series, according to Mrs. Kenyon's website.
Some counted it as the fourth if they include Fantasy Lover as the first book in the series.
I’m really starting to get into this series; after listening to the first book and not being that impressed I kept putting it in the back burner. I’m so glad I picked it back up, I really enjoyed this one, and it could be that I’m a sucker for torture heroes, or just that I’m becoming more familiar with the characters. I see now why everyone loves Acheron, I already do, can’t wait to get to he’s book, I don’t know how I’m going to make it 12 more books.
This book drew me in immediately, I quickly became engrossed in the plot, and I felt all the character come to life with the help of Berman’s narration, he added so much emotion and depth that I found myself deeply caring and feeling for the characters.
Fred Berman was terrific he gave the right tone to all situations on this book, he also did a great job with the female character; they didn’t sound like “la cage aux folles”. (if you know what I mean).
I highly recommend this book; I do think you need to read the previous books to get the picture of the whole story, and assuming that you’re familiar with the high sexual content of this genre. (yes!! the sex is hot). Even though is not the main point of these books.
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This was my favorite Dark-Hunter book.....well besides ACHERON!! Zarek's story was moving and well.......I am not going to give the story away by saying anything about the plot. The reader, Fred Berman was really good. His voice, to me, is like Holter Graham's, is easy to listen to and I love that he gave Zarek the accent.I am a big fan of Sherrilyn Kenyon and I hope to see more of her book in the audio format on Audible.She is one of my "Escape" authors.You pretty much know there will be a happily ever after. It's the journey to that point that is the ride!!
Im a man and when i say a man im a tuff man. But even I could not stop the tears that escaped my eyes. it was beyond my control. It is a very good written book. And the narrated does a very good job with the accent and sincere heart he put in it. I really recomend it.
One of the most heartrending stories I've ever read. I simply could not stop listening. I found myself driving around aimlessly (since I listen in my car) only to keep the story going. I also sat in several parking lots, just listening. In printed form, it would have been one of those I couldn't put down until I finished.
By the way, Fred Berman brought the story alive with his excellent interpretation.
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By a fan
Voices Behind the Books
Stage, television, and film actor Fred Berman has read a number of audiobooks for young listeners, including Judy Blume’sSoupy Saturdays with The Pain & The Great One
and Andrew Clements’s The Last Holiday Concert
. Please visit his web site at www.fredberman.net
to learn more about him.
Dark Hunter, book 2
By Sherrilyn Kenyon
Narrated by: Carrington MacDuffie
Length: 13H 8M
"Night Embrace" spins the story of Talon, an ancient Celtic warrior who killed the son of the god Camulus. Camulus cursed Talon, decreeing death for everyone he loved. Now a Dark-Hunter in modern-day New Orleans, Talon meets Sunshine, who is key to ending his curse once and for all. Not to mention helping him to save New Orleans from an ancient god bent on total destruction...
Talon is the son of a Druid High Priest and Celtic Queen. He, himself, was a High Chieftain in Britain who fought back invaders and secured his clan against any and all threats.
After the deaths of his aunt, uncle, wife and son over a short period of time, he was told that his ancient gods had cursed him. That they would plague his sister, his people and his lands so long as he lived. To appease the gods, he would have to be sacrificed to them.
Once his clan had Talon secured to the altar, they killed his sister before his eyes and then turned on him. He gladly ceded his soul for revenge against them.
Unlike the other Dark-Hunters, he is entirely detached from this world. Talon walks between this realm and the next with the help of Spirit Guides.
There are those who speculate that should he ever free his banished emotions, the volatile Celtic blood that flows through him will destroy not only him, but anyone near him.
Second book in the series; I'm glad I gave it a chance, I listened to first book ( Night Pleasures) and I wasn't that impressed, and every time I came across this book I keep passing it over, so I decided to read the reviews, and it had so many high ratings that it convinced me to try it.
The narrator was very good, especially with the male character's voices, which is unusual, sometimes that's a big bummer on an audio book, when they do horribly at the male voices, but that's not the case here, she manages real good with all the characters, I particularly love the way she did Acheron, who starts so sound like a character I will really like.
I wish I would've listened or read this series before I read The Black Dagger Brotherhood, I would've been a lot more impressed by this book, but like any other series it only gets better the more familiar you become with the characters.
I do recommend this book, especially if you have not read the series before.
The sex scenes in this book are HOT HOT!! , I can see why Mrs. Kenyon has so many fans.
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And still, at times, this brought tears to my eyes. Even though it was 'read' by a woman, she does Talon and Sunshine's voice's so different, that it's like more than one person reading. Fantastic. This makes me remember WHY I love this series.
Her last few stories weren't all that great, but this makes me remember and makes me excited for Ash's story coming out Aug 5th :)
Ordering the next one now. :)
I love this series. At first, I wasn't sure but each book gets better and better. I LOVE the narrator! She does a great job with the characters. Once you get to know the style of the writing and the "world" of the dark hunters, it will make you want to hurry to the next. I only wish Audible had the rest of the series. I'm trying to find them in downloadable form as I love listening to a book while I drive, do laundry or anything else. For now, I'm getting others from the library and reading them. I can't put them down.
I loved this book. I loved the story and Carrington MacDuffie is a wonderful narrator. It's the second book in a series but can be considered a stand alone book. There is a reference to the previous story but it's explained enough that it's not confusing. It was fun to listen to because I love the Irish brogue.
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Voices Behind the books.
Carrington MacDuffie came to audiobooks from a musical background as a singer and recording artist, responding first to the opportunity of reading poetry. For the last five years, the LA- and Seattle-based actress has read titles as varied as THE ART OF WAR
, novels by Jackie Collins, and, recently, a fantasy novel by Ursula le Guin. Earlier this year, Carrington got a chance to record bestselling author Harlan Coben’s JUST ONE LOOK. Celebrated in this issue is her Earphones-winning performance of Christopher Buckley’s FLORENCE OF ARABIA
. “As a vocalist, I love to do dialects; here, I got to play a camel!” Carrington told us. That’s probably once-in-a-lifetime casting.
Chicago Stars, Book 7
By: Susan Elizabeth PhillipsNarrated by: Anna Fields ♥♥♥♥♥HotLength: 12H and 1M
Dean Robillard is the Chicago Stars' hotshot quarterback. Not only does he have lightening reflexes on the field, he is also utterly gorgeous. First introduced in the critically acclaimed Match Me If You Can
, Dean is trying to recover (both mentally and physically) from a shoulder injury by taking a road trip. Along the way, he meets Blue, a beautiful woman down on her luck, and as they spend more time together their attraction grows. Blue has had a string of bad relationships and doesn't want to trust Dean right away. But they wind up living together, along with Dean's troubled half-sister, and learn that families and luck work in mysterious ways.This is a hilarious new novel by New York Times
best-selling author Susan Elizabeth Phillips.
©2007 Susan Elizabeth Phillips; (P)2007 HarperCollins Publishers ================================================================== This is Susan Elizabeth Phillips at her best!!! I can’t say enough about this audio book, the book itself is fantastic, Anna Field was terrific, I was very sad to find out this was to be Anna’s last book. What a great introduction this would be if you are new to the contemporary romance genre, this book will entertain you from beginning to end. IF you read the book and like to revisit, I highly recommend this audio book.For a complete review of this book visit: All About Romance ==================================================================
By M (Marianna, FL, USA) Sep 27, 2008
Although I read one or two of the Chicago Stars series I have really enjoyed the rest of the series on Audible and am glad I have them to go back to listen to when I want a fun, easy listen. The characters are flawed and have issues and that makes them more realistic. As in all of SEP books, there is fun and snappy dialog and good sexual chemistry. The sex scenes are steamy and fun without being unnecessarily graphic like a lot of authors are doing today. As I have noted with some other SEP books, there is a primary couple, but also a love story for a secondary couple. I think Anna Fields does a GREAT job narrating and changing voices. She even does a fine job singing a little in this one! ======================================================================
By Victoria (Melbourne, FL, USA) Mar 9, 2008
Another great story by a talented author - and read perfectly! I usually prefer to read silently a book by an author I love. Readings don't allow the same suspension of disbelief and make it harder for me to 'lose myself' in the story. This reader however was so good that I forgot it was being read aloud and got totally involved in the book. I will look for books read by this reader! ===============================================================
About a Talented Narrator
Kate Fleming Aka Anna Fields
We share with you the tragic loss of Kate Fleming, who died December 14, 2006, when a flash flood trapped her in her Seattle studio. Kate lent both her voice and energy to her recordings, and she inspired the work of many colleagues and friends. Listen to the lovely tribute to our talented friend broadcast on NPR.
Kate Fleming, who did many of her audiobooks as Anna Fields, leaves a wealth of recordings, including novels by Joyce Carol Oates, Louise Erdrich, and Ruth Ozeki (she won an Audie in 2004 for Ozeki’s ALL OVER CREATION). AudioFile celebrated her work with 15 Earphones Awards. She trained at the Actors Theatre of Louisville and performed in Washington, D.C., before settling in Seattle, where she began her audiobook career. She was a good friend and inspiring colleague to many, including AudioFile Golden Voice Scott Brick:
In my former career writing magazine articles, I penned over three hundred pieces, wrote close to half a million words, yet never in my life have I had to write a sentence as difficult as this:
“Kate Fleming died on December 14, 2006, at her home in Seattle, drowning in her basement during a violent rainstorm.”
I look at the words, and they don’t seem real. Kate was far too alive to ever be gone.
I met Kate, who narrated under the pseudonym Anna Fields to honor her great-grandmother, a Vaudeville performer of the same name, four years ago at the Audie Awards in Los Angeles. After being introduced, we wound up laughing a great deal more than we talked, an experience I discovered was common when people first met Kate. She had such a vibrancy you had to respond, usually with smiles so wide they made your face hurt.
Kate was a uniquely talented performer. A veteran theatrical actor, she ultimately gave up the stage and all the competitiveness that went with it to pursue audiobook narration full-time. She’d found her niche, she used to say. Living behind the microphone was where she felt she was born to be.
There was a quality to Kate’s reading that always defied definition for me, a clarity of both words and intent, a crispness to her voice that went above and beyond just diction. She had a precision to her presentation, an attention to detail that was inspiring. “When Kate was in the booth, she would give herself over to the page,” says Lyssa Browne, Kate’s business partner in Cedar House Audio, the company she ran from her home in Seattle. “She could instantly convey the truthfulness of each character, she captured the essence of the story so quickly. It really took the guesswork out of the process for listeners.”
In the days following her passing, notices about Kate’s death ran across the internet, and appeared in every type of media. Yet for all the coverage, those of us who knew her couldn’t get over our shock. In an email, her friend Simon Vance said: “I just returned from recording an audiobook under her direction last week. She was an absolute joy to work with. I am devastated.” Condolences and testimonials from audio industry professionals flew onto message boards and listservs, and many put aside workloads to fly to Seattle to pay their respects.
I arrived late on Wednesday, December 20. A delay on the runway due to bad weather brought me to the church after the funeral liturgy had already begun. I tromped up the steps of St. Therese Parish, thinking that the rain was both a cruel reminder of how Kate had been taken from us, as well as somehow appropriate for the occasion. Somber, melancholy, subdued.
I was greeted by the sight of an absolutely packed house. Not a seat remained; there were hundreds of people spread across every pew, with dozens more standing in aisles, hallways and vestibules. I had never seen so many people at a funeral before. Dazed, I made my way into the social hall behind the church where a video screen had been set up, and where an overspill crowd watched the proceedings on folding chairs. Overwhelmed, I sat down, and realized I should not have been surprised at the sight of so many people showing up to express their love for Kate Fleming. What could have been more natural?
Much of the service was a blur to me, observed through a haze of tears. I saw many a set of shoulders vibrating with sobs, and heard several cries choked off in handkerchiefs. Then, looking up, I saw the last thing I expected under the circumstances: Charlene Strong, Kate’s partner of nine years, who stood to deliver the eulogy.
She was amazing. At times funny, poignant and dramatic, she spoke from her heart and somehow managed to comfort all of us, sharing the Kate she knew so well. She spoke for us all when she began her eulogy by saying, “Today shouldn’t be happening.” Charlene painted an extraordinary picture of Kate, speaking as eloquently as ever Kate did herself. Her courage was remarkable. I was overwhelmed by just how powerfully Kate had been loved in life, and in the midst of my sadness over her passing, while listening to Charlene I actually managed to find solace, even inspiration, in one thing:
Kate was dearly loved, and knew it. So many times we hear stories about people who weren’t appreciated until after they had gone. Books and films alike are filled with tragic tales of love where the hero or heroine only discover they were loved at the last possible moment, or sometimes, sadly, not at all. Well, I looked around at the crowd and thanked God that wasn’t the case with Kate. She was appreciated in ways that were too obvious to ignore. All she would have had to do was pick up a copy of AudioFile and read the reviews of titles she’d narrated to learn how much people admired her work. And all she’d have to do was look into the eyes of Charlene to see how much she was truly loved.
Grieving is supposed to lead to acceptance, a realization that there’s a hole in our lives, a hole only the loved one can fill, yet in time it becomes okay that the hole is there. I tried to imagine this happening with Kate. I found it hard then, and still find it hard now, to believe it’ll ever be okay she’s not here. That it’s okay we’ll never get to talk baseball or religion or gossip anymore. That it’s okay she’ll never record another audiobook ever again. There were so many words left to be spoken.--Scott Brick
Kate Fleming, recording as Anna Fields, has had a banner year. There was the 2004 Audie Award for Unabridged Fiction for ALL OVER CREATION by Ruth Ozeki--which our reviewer called “just about perfect. And she recorded three other exceptional books--THE FALLS by Joyce Carol Oates; FOUR SOULS by Louise Erdrich; and WHO LET THE DOGS IN? by Molly Ivins. She also got to be part of history, as one of the top narrators for the 9/11 COMMISSION REPORT. As for what makes narrating special, Kate says it’s the serendipitous energy, “a kind of alchemy that happens between a reader and a book.” She relishes those moments, as well as unique challenges each book presents. For instance, FOUR SOULS--the follow-up to Erdrich’s 1988 bestseller TRACKS--is filled with Ojibwe names. With the usual care Kate takes over pronunciations, she contacted the author for guidance. “Gitchi-nookomisiban” was one of 150 Ojibwe words that Erdrich pronounced into Kate’s answering machine and that Kate was able to mimic for her performance. Trained at the Actors Theatre of Louisville, Kate performed in Washington, D.C., for a number of years, and has read more than 200 audio-books in her eight-year narrating career. This year, in a shift of focus, she opened Cedar House Audio, a full-service prod-uction studio in Seattle, where her own recordings for Books on Tape, Blackstone, and BBC Audiobooks America can take place, and where she can also step into the directorial role for other audiobooks. --2004 Narrator Yearbook
After her actor’s stints in Louisville and the Washington, DC, area, Kate settled in Seattle, where she now records under her own name and as Anna Fields for Blackstone Audio and Books on Tape. She has had our attention for some time because of her ability to present a wide range of titles—from Hollywood—A PRIVATE VIEW, Irene Selznick’s autobiography—to Tel Aviv—CAFE NEVO, Barbara Rogan’s story about life in Israel. Both were recent Earphones Award winners. Kate’s low voice and restrained style also help to convincingly record business books like OUTSMARTING GOLIATH and THE BURDEN OF BAD IDEAS. A careful student of pronunciations and place names, Kate is agile with characters, as she shows in Louise Erdrich’s THE ANTELOPE WIFE and THE LAST REPORT ON THE MIRACLES AT LITTLE NO HORSE. --2001 Narrator Yearbook
Chicago stars, Book 6
By: Susan Elizabeth PhillipsNarrated by: Anna FieldsHot♥♥♥♥♥ Length: 11H and 18M
In This Heart of Mine
, you met Kevin Tucker. Now meet Kevin's shark of an agent...and Annabelle Granger, the girl least likely to succeed.Annabelle is tired of being the lone failure in a family of overachievers. She's endured dead-end jobs and a broken engagement. But that's going to change now that she's taken over her late grandmother's matchmaking business. All Annabelle has to do is land the Windy City's hottest bachelor as her client, and she'll be the most sought-after matchmaker in town.
With his money-green eyes and calculated charm, Heath Champion is the best sports agent in the country. He's wealthy, driven, and gorgeous, so why does he need a matchmaker, especially a red-haired screw-up like Annabelle Granger? True, she's entertaining, and she does have a certain quirky appeal. But Heath is searching for the ultimate symbol of his success: the perfect wife. And to make an extraordinary match, he needs an extraordinary matchmaker, right?
If Annabelle isn't careful, she just might find herself going heart-to-heart with the toughest negotiator in town, a man who's beginning to ask himself...exactly how perfect does perfect have to be? ============================================================
This is another winner from my favorite duo: Susan E. Phillips & Anna Fields, if you have listened to any of Susan’s books before, you will love this one, if you are new to romance audio books; this is great way to get started.
Anna is just a terrific narrator, she really gets the characters, giving them the right tone and the right attitude that it turns it into such a entertaining experience.
I only give four hearts to the printed version of the book, but I definitely give five hearts for listening experience.
For a more in depth review of this book visit:The Romance Reader ========================================================
By Linda (Athens, TX, USA) Sep 2, 2005
Wonderful example of Susan Elizabeth Phillips' talent. Characters that you care about and ones that you'd like to meet. Heath Champion's hunt for a wife leads him to matchmaker Annabelle Granger. At first these two seems destined to be adversaries but just stick around for the sparks. Secondary characters provide a great additional love story. One of SEP's trademarks is re-acquainting us with characters we've met before. Phoebe, Dan, Molly and Kevin again charm the pages. A great story read by the incredible Anna Fields. ===========================================================
By Carol (Harvard, MA, United States) Sep 13, 2005
This book is another fine example of the author's ability to create characters you quickly care about and a story line that is fast moving and unpredictable (despite a predictable ending). In a manner very much along the lines of "Ain't She Sweet", it is a delightful romp that would be fictional fluff except for the warmth of the humanity that comes forth from all the characters and the depth of character development shown by the majority of them. Pippi is a special delight, made so by the incomparable Anna Fields who does another remarkable narration. This book is a lot of fun and well worth reading on all fronts.
Midnight Breed, Book 8
By: Lara Adrian
Narrated by: Hillary Huber
Lenght: 10H and 12M
In the frozen Alaskan wilderness, former state trooper Jenna Darrow survives an unspeakable breach of body and soul. But with her narrow escape comes an even greater challenge. For strange changes are taking place within her, as she struggles to understand - and control - a new hunger. To do so, she will seek shelter in the Boston compound of the Order, an ancient race of vampire warriors whose very existence is shrouded in mystery.
Perhaps the most mysterious of them all is Brock, a brooding, dark-eyed alpha male whose hands hold the power to comfort, heal... and arouse.
As she recovers under Brock's care, Jenna finds herself drawn to the Order's mission: to stop a ruthless enemy and its army of assassins from subjecting Earth to a reign of terror. Yet in spite of their resolve, a purely physical relationship without strings soon binds Brock and Jenna together with a desire fiercer than life and stronger than death itself - until a secret from Brock's past and Jenna's own mortality challenges their forbidden love to the ultimate trial by fire.
This was not one of my favorites of this series, but the audio version is excellent, I liked the book a lot more after I listened to it, Hillary Huber narration was perfect for this book, there's very few instances when the narrator helps to take a book to a different level, this is definitely the case here.
If you are a fan of this series you will enjoy this book very much, if you are new to it, I’d recommend starting with the first book “Kiss of Midnight” also available on audio.
By Tyronza (Pensacola, florida, United States) Jan 18, 2011
I absolutely love this narrator!!!!. I have pass this series up more times that I can count. When was given a free credit by audible, this was series I chose and I have not been disappointed. Hillary did a fabulous job with the narration and I have since purchase every book in this series because of the great narration she has done. I am eagerly anticipating the next book in the series. Great job Hillary!!!!!
Guild Hunter, Book 3
By: Nalini SinghNarrated by: Justine EyreHot♥♥♥♥Length:
10H and 21M
Vampire hunter Elena Deveraux and her lover, the lethally beautiful archangel Raphael, have returned home to New York only to face an uncompromising new evil. A vampire has attacked a girls' school---the assault one of sheer, vicious madness---and it is only the first act. Rampant bloodlust takes vampire after vampire, threatening to make the streets run with blood. Then Raphael himself begins to show signs of an uncontrolled rage, as inexplicable storms darken the city skyline and the earth itself shudders. The omens are suddenly terrifyingly clear. An ancient and malevolent immortal is rising. The violent winds whisper her name: Caliane. She has returned to reclaim her son, Raphael. Only one thing stands in her way: Elena, the consort who must be destroyed. ===========================================================Let me start by saying, this is a great series, I read the first two books and I was thrilled when I saw them on audio. I read all the reviews and just about everyone gave it high marks
... but, I had a very hard time getting used to the narrator's voice, I almost switched to the printed version a few times, I can tell you this "you do get used to her voice after a while and it's not as annoying as it was at first" . The book is very good, it kept me on the edge of my seat, specially at the end, I loved seeing more of the Seven, especially Aodhan and Illian. I don't think you would enjoy this book as much without reading or listening to the first two books, I highly recommend all three books. =============================================================For a more in depth review of this book visit:Love Vampires
Night Huntress, Book 1
By: Jeaniene Frost
Narrated by: Tavia Gilbert
Length: 11H and 17M
Half-vampire Catherine Crawfield is going after the undead with a vengeance, hoping that one of these deadbeats is her father—the one responsible for ruining her mother's life. Then she's captured by Bones, a vampire bounty hunter, and is forced into an unlikely partnership.
In exchange for help finding her father, Cat agrees to train with the sexy night stalker until her battle reflexes are as sharp as his fangs. She's amazed she doesn't end up as his dinner…are there actually good vampires? Pretty soon, Bones will have her convinced that being half-dead doesn't have to be all bad. But before she can enjoy her status as kick-ass demon hunter, Cat and Bones are pursued by a group of killers. Now Cat will have to choose a side...and Bones is turning out to be as tempting as any man with a heartbeat.
Jeaniene Frost lives with her husband and their very spoiled dog in Florida. Although not a vampire herself, she confesses to having pale skin, wearing a lot of black, and sleeping in late whenever possible. And while she can't see ghosts, she loves to walk through old cemeteries. Jeaniene also loves poetry and animals but fears children and hates to cook. She is currently at work on the next novel in her best-selling Night Huntress series.
©2007 Jeaniene Frost (P)2010 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
I read this book before I listen to it, it was not available on audio then. I love this book and I love this series, the narrator did a great job with most of the voices, but my God I hated the way she did Bones, I only got over it because this is a great book, I still enjoyed, but please!!! can they start using two different narrator for these books.
Maybe now that audio books are becoming more popular due to the easy access, they start thinking about putting out a better product.
If Bones would have sounded just a little better, I would have given this book 5 hearts all the way!
By Slavena (Chevy Chase, MD, United States) May 10, 2010
Halfway to the grave is one of my favorite PNR series, very interesting story, likable heroine and sexy british vampire. My problem with the audio version is Bones's british accent. The narrator is great at portraying Cat but there is a LOT to be desired from Bone's accent. I just couldnt listen to it, he doesnt sound manly or sexy at all. Book deserves 5 stars but the narator KILLED Bones which made me sad.
By Kristi (bellingham, WA, USA) May 26, 2010
Loved this story and the characters! The only flaw is the narrator's portrayal of Bones (the male lead): not strong or sexy enough for such a great character. However, Ms. Gilbert did a great job as Cat (the female lead) and a good job with the lesser characters. Can't wait for the 2nd book in this series to go Audible!
By Silje (Trondheim, Norway)Apr 12, 2010
If you like the Sookie Stackhouse series you're very likely to love this one. Plucky, tough heroine, lots of humoristic twists and plenty of fangy drool-material. Quite bloodthirsty, dead sexy and completely addictive. Also great narrator - I love her Bones-accent.