Monday, June 8, 2015

Audiobook ARC Review: Creature Feature by Poppy Dennison and Mary Calmes

Creature FeatureFrom the blurb:
Diagnosis Wolf by Poppy Dennison Thanks to his good-for-nothing brother, Andrew Hughes is up to his eyeballs in debt and needs a job fast. When a nursing position opens up in Myerson, Arizona, Andrew has no choice but to take it, despite a warning about how difficult a patient Caleb DiMartino can be. Andrew can deal with a little trouble—but Caleb’s strange family, the armed guards, and the unknown cause of Caleb’s mysterious illness may be beyond his skill set. 

Landslide by Mary Calmes
For three years, paranormal courier Frank Corrigan has been working for incubus demon Cael Berith. Cael knows Frank is his mate, but Frank is pretty sure Cael doesn’t even like him, never mind want to spend the rest of his life with him, so their personal relationship is at an impasse. When Frank’s sister, Lindsey, gets bitten by a werewolf she's sleeping with—and possibly witnesses a murder—Frank rides to her rescue. If he’s lucky, he might just save his love life too.

Heather's Ratings:

Diagnosis Wolf by Poppy Dennison

This was pretty disappointing for me, mainly because the story really made no sense. The whole plot sort of fell apart at the end... like completely. I also didn't really buy the shifter world and how easily Andrew adapted. I also didn't really warm to him much, and I felt sort of "meh" about his relationship with Caleb overall.

However, what might have been a decent story in ebook form was made much worse by the narration by Jeff Gelder. He read in a strange silted manner, and paused at weird moments. It broke up the sentences in a strange way, and it felt jarring to listen to. Also, he didn't have much differentiation between the voices of the all characters, which is a pet peeve of mine. I'm not saying he is the worst narrator I've heard, and his voice has a pleasant sound, but his reading style irked me. Also, the recording is a little off quality-wise with some slight echoing in the background.

Landslide by Mary Calmes

Very classic Mary Calmes. VERY.

I also wasn't completely wowed by this one, but it was charming to have the guy who everyone wants be a husky bear versus a classically good-looking stud. Imagine a Mary Calmes book with an incubus... yup, you got the whole story. The side plot with Frank's sister, Lindsey, was a bit distracting for me, and I wasn't sure how or why Frank ignored Cael's insistence that he was attracted to him for so long, but I was surprised at how much I enjoyed the story overall. Just easy listening.

In terms of the narration, I think Jeff Gelder did a much better job with this one. He still sounded choppy to me, but more animated and into the story. He did a wider range of voices here, and I enjoyed his narration more than I had before.

A pleasant way to pass the time.

**Copy provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review**

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