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Audiobook Review – The Baller – Vi Keeland

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the-baller The Baller
Author: Vi Keeland
Rating: ☆ ☆ ☆ ½

Narrators: Mackenzie Cartwright, Sean Crisden
Audiobook Publisher: Tantor Audio
Run Time: 8hrs 49min
Audiobook Rating: ☆ ☆ ☆ ½

Description:
The first time I met Brody Easton was in the men’s locker room. It was my first interview as a professional sportscaster. The famed quarterback decided to bare all. And by all, I don’t mean he told me any of his secrets. No. The arrogant ass decided to drop his towel just as I asked the first question. On camera.
The Super Bowl MVP quickly adopted a new hobby: screwing with me. When I pushed back, he shifted from wanting to screw with me to wanting to screw me. But I don’t date players. And it’s not because I’m one of the few women working in the world of professional football. I’d date an athlete. It’s the other kind of player I don’t date. You know the type. Good looking, strong, cocky, always looking to get laid.
Brody Easton was the ultimate player. Every woman wanted to be the one to change him. But the truth was, all he needed was a girl worth changing for. Turned out I was that girl. Simple, right? Let’s face it. It never is.
There’s a story between once upon a time and happily ever after…and this one is ours.

Review:
Sometimes I feel like i’m uber far behind in current hot authors that friends are reading – and Vi Keeland is just one of those authors who I had heard a lot about and never read – so when one of her books was nominated for an Audiobook Audie in the Erotica category, I figured it was time that I checked her out. Although asking several of my goodreads friends told me that The Baller possible wasn’t the best of her books to be my first one – but I have to say it honestly wasn’t horrible – I didn’t love it, but I didn’t hate it either. the romance between Brody and Delilah was hawt – but I could have done without the addition of Brody’s ex – I honestly just felt like that didn’t add anything other than un-needed angst to the story that was actually pretty solid in the romance department (although I will debate whether its actually erotica, but that is a story for another day).

This was my first time listening to Mackenzie Cartwright but not my first time listening to Sean Crisden. I will say that I really enjoyed Mackenzie’s narration – I found her range of voices to be solid and even the portions where she narrated as a male was enjoyable. The pacing of her narration felt natural (meaning I didn’t feel like I needed to speed up or slow down the narration to enjoy it). Unfortunately, I can’t say the same about Sean Crisden (although I have listened to other stuff by him before). While I enjoyed the portions where he was narrating as Brody (or other male characters) – I wasn’t a fan of his female voices – in fact they actually made me cringe at times. His female narration was one of the reasons for my 3.5 stars for this audiobook – I just personally, I couldn’t get past them.

I’ve been a fan of Tantor Media’s audiobooks for years and enjoy their continued high quality audiobook productions. I know when I listen to a book done by them, that it will be solid with no issues. Overall, I gave The Baller – 3.5 stars for the book and the narration and 4 stars for the audiobook production.

 

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Armchair Audies – 2017 edition

armchair-audiesWelcome to the 2017 edition of the Armchair Audies. I’m actually ahead of schedule this year and getting my introductory posts up within a week of the nominees being announced rather than getting distracted like years past. So sit down, put your feet up and here is my brief take on the three categories that I’ll be reviewing this year.

When I was looking back through my blog archives, I realized that this is my fifth year of participating in the Armchair Audies. I started off with the romance category in 2013 (and managed to successfully pick the winner) and since then, I have explored a variety of different categories – depending mostly on what caught my eye out of the nominees. And this year was no different – I know from previous experience based on my commute I can probably listen to all the books in 3 categories (about 18 books, assuming 6 nominees per category). So after some serious thought and a look at all the nominees – I decided that this year I’m going to listen and review books in the following categories:

Erotica
I’ve listened to this category for the last couple of years (although fundamentally, I disagree with some of the nominees being erotica) and have found some interesting new authors – including CD Reiss (who was nominated last year) and Jasinda Wilder (who won 2 years ago). I have already read one of the books nominated but i’m ok with listening to it again for the purposes of reviewing (since I didn’t do that when I read it).

Paranormal
Similar to Erotica – I’ve listened to this category for the last couple of years. I like how the nominees in this category tend to do a good job of falling into not only the paranormal romance category (which is normally where most paranormal books I come across seem to fall into. This category in previous years introduced me to Seth Skorkowsky and Craig DiLouie.

Young Adult
This is my first year of reviewing the Young Adult category for the Armchair Audies – but its not my first experience with the genre. It was a toss-up between this category and romance, but there were a few new authors in this category that I’ve heard good things about – so I’m looking forward to them.

Back-Up – Romance
so I figure 3 categories will be enough for me to listen to – however, in the likelihood that I manage to listen to all the books nominated for them – then my back-up category is going to be romance. I typically listen to lots of romance – and I have read one of the books nominated in this category. Either way – if I listen to it during the Audies or not – i’ll likely be listening to many of these nominees in the future.

 
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Posted by on February 11, 2017 in Armchair Audies, Listening Events

 

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