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review 2019-03-04 00:30
Killer by Nature - Audible Original
Killer by Nature - Jan Smith,Katherine Kelly,Angela Griffin,Robert James-Collier,Will Mellor,Thomas Turgoose

Audience: Adult

Format: Audiobook/Owned

 

 

This was just okay. I didn't really like any of the characters and I didn't even hate the villain enough. The main character is a psychologist who doesn't seem to notice that her daughter has symptoms of psychopathy. I'm not giving anything away. If you've read any books or seen any movies about psychopaths, then you know how it goes: no emotions, no sympathy or empathy, hurting animals, etc. How does her mother not notice?? She's supposed to be so busy, but even when the principal calls her in to talk about her daughter's behavior, she still doesn't see it. I found this part hard to believe. 

 

Then there's the killer (who is already in jail btw). When the doctor goes to see him, she gives him a test to see if he's a psychopath. Remember, this is the woman who can't even see it in her own daughter. The killer occasionally breaks into song - children's songs to be exact. It's a little creepy but more annoying than anything.

 

I listened to the Alien Audible Originals and they are also performances. I liked the format in that case. But for this one, it didn't really seem to fit. Also, it was broken into episodes which was kind of jarring and involved a lot of music. The first time this happened, I thought the whole thing had started over because it also restates the title and author.

 

At least it was fairly short.

 

If I had to sum it up in one sentence:

A watered down version of a Hannibal Lecter story.

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review 2019-02-24 07:10
Ein Hauch Chanel
Mademoiselle Coco und der Duft der Liebe - Michelle Marly,Tessa Mittelstaedt,Audible Studios

Paris 1919. Coco Chanel hat sich ein erfolgreiches Modeunternehmen aufgebaut. Die Trauer fällt wie ein schwarzer Schatten über sie her, als ihr Geliebter Boy Capel bei einem Unfall stirbt. Sie beschließt zu seinem Gedenken ihre letzte gemeinsame Idee umzusetzen -  l'eau d'amour - der Duft der Liebe - soll als Parfum die Welt entzücken.

Coco Chanel ist für mich der Inbegriff von Eleganz. Ich liebe ihren schlichten Stil, die simple Raffinesse und ich gebe zu, dass ich mich gerade im beruflichen Umfeld gerne an ihrem Geschmack orientiere. Außerdem hat Chanel Nº 5 einen Ehrenplatz unter meinen Flacons. Es ist anbetungswürdig und symbolisiert für mich olfaktorische Anmut und Grazie. 

Aus diesem Grund war ich auf den Roman neugierig, weil hier - neben seiner Schöpferin - die Entwicklung von Chanel Nº 5 im Mittelpunkt steht. 

Es beginnt mit dem tragischen Tod von Cocos Geliebten Boy Capel, der bei einem Autounfall um's Leben kommt. Gabrielle alias Coco Chanel vergräbt sich unter ihrer Trauer, die Schwermut nimmt sich ihrer an, und sie begreift nicht, wie es ohne ihn weitergehen kann. 

Dank ihrer Freundin Misia Sert wird Cocos Tatkraft zu neuem Leben erweckt. Denn sie bringt die Designerin auf die Idee, ihre Liebe zu Boy mit einer Parfum-Kreation auszudrücken. Es wird ein Duft, der der Welt lange nach ihrem Tod erhalten bleibt.

Die Entwicklung von Chanel Nº 5 ist zentral. Neben Cocos zahlreichen Affären, dem Geplänkel, ausgelassenen Feiern und gebrochenen Herzen, setzt Chanel alles daran, dieses Parfum zu kreieren.

Dabei holt sie sich professionelle Hilfe und findet in einem altehrwürdigen russischem Duft der Romanows die Grundlage dafür.

Als Leser wird man sanft an die Biografie der großen Modeschöpferin herangeführt. Die Autorin bleibt dabei authentisch und dichtet Chanel meinem Gefühl nach keine Wesenszüge oder Ereignisse an.

Darin liegt für mich auch die Kritik an diesem Roman. Es fehlen erzählerische Höhen und Tiefen, weil die wahre Geschichte eher gleichförmig ist. Chanel steuert auf keinen Höhepunkt zu und das erlösende Ereignis am Ende liegt einzig in der Umsetzung ihrer Marketingstrategie. 

Natürlich widmet sich Michelle Marly ebenso dem Geschehen abseits des Parfums. Sie thematisiert Cocos große Liebe zu Boy Capel, geht auf die Affäre mit dem Musiker Igor Strawinsky und die Freundschaft mit Picasso ein. Außerdem wendet sie sich besonders Chanels Liebesbeziehung mit Dmitri Pawlowitsch Romanow zu, der als Cousin des russischen Zaren und eventueller Thronfolger aus der Heimat geflohen ist. 

Die Coco Chanel aus diesem Roman hat mir leid getan. Gefangen in ihrer amourösen Unnahbarkeit, gepeinigt von ihrer unrühmlichen Vergangenheit und ausgesetzt im glamourösen Treiben der Pariser Künstlerschaft, kam sie mir verlassen und einsam vor.

Durchgehend bleibt aber eine erzählerische Monotonie, die mit fortlaufender Handlung langweilig ist. 

Trotzdem habe ich Cocos Geschichte gerne erfahren, sie an den Armen diverser Liebschaften beobachtet, und ihren Geschäftssinn bewundert. 

Unterm Strich bleibt eine interessante Erzählung über eine historische Figur, die neben zeitloser Eleganz den Duft der Liebe in die Welt brachte. Trotz Kritikpunkte ist es ein biografischer Roman, der sich bei Interesse zwischendurch gut hören oder lesen lässt.

Source: zeit-fuer-neue-genres.blogspot.com
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text 2019-02-07 18:04
In the Audible 2-for-1 Sale Pile

It took me multiple visits but I eventually found two books that I would like to add to my library.

 

The Rest Is Noise audiobook cover artA Man on the Moon: The Voyages of the Apollo Astronauts audiobook cover art

 

Also in the sale pile are Bellwether and all four of the Oxford Time Travel books by Connie Willis. I have until tomorrow night to decide if I want to add these as well. Half a credit is a good price for any book.

 

 

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review 2019-01-30 07:10
Audio Blitz - Out in the Deep/Out in the End Zone

 

Both Now Available in Audio!

 

 
Title: Out in the Deep, Out in College #1  
Author: Lane Hayes  
Publisher: Lane Hayes
Narrated by: Michael Pauley  
Release Date: January 17th, 2019  
Heat Level: 4 - Lots of Sex  
Pairing: Male/Male  
Length: 4 hrs and 34 mins  
Genre: Romance, New Adult, Bisexual, College romance, Water Polo, Coming out

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Synopsis:

 

Derek Vaughn is a little too serious. He’s a type A control personality with a penchant for order and a love of water polo. But he’s determined to enjoy his last year of college. The real world with a serious job and big expectations can wait for a few months. He’s going soak up every minute on campus with his friends and teammates before he moves on. The only possible kink in his plan is the new guy on the team… also known as his nemesis.

Gabe Chadwick has big Olympic dreams. His transfer between Southern California universities has nothing to do with scholastics. The degree is his backup plan. He’s not there to party or make friends. And he certainly isn’t going to announce his sexuality. But he can’t deny there’s something special about the uptight team captain. However, when an unwitting friendship and mutual attraction collide, both will have to decide if this is the real thing or if they’re about to lose it all in the deep.

 

 
 
 

Out in the Deep (Out in College, #1)Out in the Deep by Lane Hayes
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Gabe has changed schools for the benefit of getting ready for the Olympics. With finishing his last year of college, he knows it is time to get ready to move on and make his life happen. Being attracted to the team captain was not in his plan.

Derek wants his last year of college to be full of great memories. He plans to do his best, to be the best, and a new teammate that he does not get a long with was not in his plan. Gabe changes things for Derek. Almost right away he is not the same.

Being explosive right from the start, these two men are in each others pockets almost right away. No wanting to get along, and not wanting to be attracted to one another, they cannot find chemistry that is nearly electrocuting themselves. With decisions to make, and places to be they finally give in to their feelings and must decide how to tackle the future if they are to be together.

Narrated by Michael Pauley, I love the voice inflections and changes that tell you that there are new voices talking. I really loved listening to the book even more than reading it. It made me feel like I was right there in the room with the characters. This is the beginning of a great series, and I am excited to listen to the rest of the books that are coming.


***This early copy has been given in exchange for an honest review.

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Title: Out in the End Zone, Out in College #2
Author: Lane Hayes  
Publisher: Lane Hayes  
Narrated by: Michael Pauley
Release Date: January 23rd, 2019
Heat Level: 4 - Lots of Sex  
Pairing: Male/Male  
Length: 4 hrs and 58 mins  
Genre: Romance, New Adult, Bisexual, College romance, Football, Coming out
 

 

 

 

Synopsis:

 

Evan di Angelo is an upbeat, good-natured goofball who loves his friends and family… and football. A traumatic accident may have ended his hopes of playing professionally, but he’s made the most of his four years on the field at a small Southern California college. He’s learned the hard way to embrace change, take chances and try things outside of his comfort zone...like agreeing to play fake boyfriends for someone else’s senior project.

Mitch Peterson knows that being his authentic self is the path to true happiness. He’s grown from a shy, quiet kid from a broken home to an out and proud budding internet sensation bound for grad school. An awesome senior project is the key. It’s unlikely anyone will believe the hunky, straight athlete is Mitch’s new lover, but it’s worth a shot. However, as their tentative friendship blossoms into unexpected attraction, the lines between reality and fiction blur for both men. Evan is forced to face old demons and decide if he has the courage to take the next step and come out in the end zone.

 

 

 

 

Out in the End Zone (Out in College #2)Out in the End Zone

by Lane Hayes

This is book #2 in the Out In College series. This book can be read as a standalone novel. For reader understanding of the series, and to avoid spoilers, I recommend reading this series in order.

Evan and Mitch have mutual friends. They are often at parties and places together with their friends in common. When Mitch's project gives them reason to be together more often, Evan jumps at the chance.

Mitch is not sure what to think. He is grateful he has found someone open enough to the possibilities that he can finally get the test results for his project to be done. At the same time, he is incredibly attracted to Evan.

This to me, is a wonderful add to the series, as well as this author's finest book yet. I found the characters charming. Their story felt very real. I sure hope this is made into a movie. Would love to see this on the big screen. Narrated by Michael Pauley, it is a joy to listen to. He changes the sounds of the voices and makes it easy to tell whom is speaking. I found this to be a great addition to the Out In College series.

***This copy was given in exchange for an honest review only.

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Meet the Author:

 

Lane Hayes is grateful to finally be doing what she loves best. Writing full-time! It’s no secret Lane loves a good romance novel. An avid reader from an early age, she has always been drawn to well-told love story with beautifully written characters. These days she prefers the leading roles to both be men. Lane discovered the M/M genre a few years ago and was instantly hooked. Her debut novel was a 2013 Rainbow Award finalist and subsequent books have received Honorable Mentions, and won First Prize in the 2016 and 2017 Rainbow Awards. She loves red wine, chocolate and travel (in no particular order). Lane lives in Southern California with her amazing husband in a newly empty nest.

 

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Meet the Narrator:

 

Michael has well over 50 audio book titles currently available for purchase on Audible.com. He is versed in multiple styles and genres including fiction (novels and short stories) ranging from romance to science fiction to crime dramas to thrillers; business strategy books; health and wellness books; and even an occasional children's book.

 

 

Fans of Michael's narration are welcome to follow him on social media including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, and SoundCloud.

 

 

If you are interested in working with Michael to produce your next audio book, you can contact him directly at voice@michaelpauley.info.

 

 

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review 2019-01-27 05:05
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Out in the End Zone - Lane Hayes

This is book #2 in the Out In College series. This book can be read as a standalone novel. For reader understanding of the series, and to avoid spoilers, I recommend reading this series in order.

 

Evan and Mitch have mutual friends. They are often at parties and places together with their friends in common. When Mitch's project gives them reason to be together more often, Evan jumps at the chance.

 

Mitch is not sure what to think. He is grateful he has found someone open enough to the possibilities that he can finally get the test results for his project to be done. At the same time, he is incredibly attracted to Evan.

 

This to me, is a wonderful add to the series, as well as this author's finest book yet. I found the characters charming. Their story felt very real. I sure hope this is made into a movie. Would love to see this on the big screen.  Narrated by Michael Pauley, it is a joy to listen to.  He changes the sounds of the voices and makes it easy to tell whom is speaking.  I found this to be a great addition to the Out In College series.

 

***This copy was given in exchange for an honest review only.

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