The Beast in Him Audiobook by Shelly Laurenston

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Review of: The Beast in Him Audiobook
Shelly Laurenston

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On May 7, 2014
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The Beast in Him Audiobook

By: Shelly Laurenston

Narrated by: Charlotte Kane

Published by Tantor Audio 07/01/2013

The Beast in Him


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Pride Series # 2

9 hrs and 51 mins

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The Beast in Him Audiobook Sample


The narration was still good. However, in this series, she didn’t New York characters as much, with the accents that I loved. That is what made me love her so much the first time I listened. However, I still think she did okay with the stereotypical Southern accent, of which there were many. I don’t think I can rank her as high on this one. I still like it, but it was really the Brooklyn and Bronx accents that I loved last time, and she just didn’t have the characters to show that off in this story. I will still continue to listen to the series. I just hope we get more of the New York accents.


This book has a similar storyline to it that book one has (or at least the first part of book one). We have Bobby Ray Smith, Smitty to his friends, the alpha wolf of New York, who gets a second chance with his high school friend, that he never dated or slept with because she was “special” to him. He leaves her to join the Navy and eventually become a SEAL. Now he is in New York and is the business partner to a lion and former SEAL team member, Mace.

Jessica Ward is an extremely prominent CEO of a data security company. She is also the alpha of the local wild dog pack. She has grown up a lot since she was known as Jessie Ann and was always hiding under bleachers in school, though she still always has her nose in a book (but who can blame her for that?) She does still like to run from confrontation, as is her wild dog nature. The wild dogs are a pretty wild pack that are not as rough and tumble as the wolves and a lot more fun.

Once again, in this book, Laurenston uses many natural behaviors of each species. She talks about Jessie running and hiding a lot, which wild dogs would do, since they are not the largest predators in Africa. I wish she had done more with the hunting aspect of this species. Wild dogs have one of, if not the highest, success rate when they hunt of any predator in the wild. They have a great strategy and work extremely well as a team. They can make wolves look almost unorganized on a hunt. I think this could have been used in this story.

Even though this series takes place in New York City, many of the characters originated from the south. These stories have been full of “Southernisms”, which I think add to the humor. I’m originally from south Georgia and then spent middle and high school years in a suburb of Atlanta. I’m very familiar with many of the stereotypes that are used. Hell, I bet many of my relatives fall into similar mannerisms. That being said, I am getting a little sick of every person using two names in their everyday lives. I’ve never used more than just my first name, and that was usually shortened to just “Mel”. I didn’t have friends or family that did the double name thing (none that I remember anyway). I get a few of these, but not every person from the south is named Billy Joe or Bobbie Sue.

So far, this series doesn’t have the strong plot lines that some other PNR stories will have. There isn’t usually a huge conflict or mystery to solve, usually it is secondary part of the story. There isn’t an overlying story arc that I’ve seen in the first two book (three stories, since book one is two novellas together). The characters are a lot of fun. The way the different species groups are described are wonderful. Tons of humor exists in each book. I really enjoy this series as a nice light-hearted listen to liven up my mood.

Reviewed by Ml Simmons

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  1. I really need to get listening to this series! I couldn’t find any images because the author and narrator do these books under a different name…LOL

    • The author is G.A. Aiken. The narrator is Johanna Parker, I think. I really enjoy the Southern accents.

  2. I’ve yet to listen to this series but I’ve read them all but the last 2 books. Which are on my TBR.

    • I enjoy the narration. This series is a great light-hearted read. I read and listen to a ton of dark books, it is great to have series like this that are much lighter to mix in.

  3. I love this series, shoot, I love all Shelly/G.A.’s books. I can only imagine the hilarity from actually listening to the story instead of reading it. This review has convinced me to give the audio a try. I am dying to hear what Sissy sounds like. *snort*

  4. I just finished book three where Sissy goes back to Tennessee. It was great. This narrator is great with the Southern accents even with all the different people in that book.

  5. Billy Joe or Bobbie Sue LOL

    I live in TN and I honestly haven’t met anybody with a “southern” name like you mentioned. Yup, it can be a bit irritating stereotyping places and people.

    • I love the other stereotype things and I wouldn’t mind one or two, but literally every Southern person has a double first name. The next book they go to Tennessee and same thing. Still love the story though.

  6. I LOVED book 1 and then it just fell off for me. I didn’t listen to them I read them a while back. I love her Magnus Pack series though.

    • I haven’t tried her Magnus Pack series. I’ll have to look it up when I get done with with this one. I loved Dez and Mace’s story. So, far it is my favorite.

  7. thanks for the great review. I’ve often wondered how Paranormal would be to listen to. I’ve heard good things about the author.

    • Thanks Deb, I enjoy listening. The biggest thing to me is to have a good narrator, no matter the genre. I hope you get a chance to try this one out.

  8. How about I tape myself reading this and send it to you so you can get the NY accents Melanie…LOL I had no idea this series takes place in NY. I’ll have to check them out! ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • Thanks Lori, I could take you up on that. I love New York accents. Is your accent more Brooklyn, Bronx or something else? Most of the characters are from the south, so there are more Southern accents than New York, but there are some New Yorkers. I’m hoping for more New Yorkers in future books.

      • I never thought I had an accent until I left NY…haha I’m a Brooklyn girl so you won’t get a Bronx accent from me, but it’s really only prevalent when I get ticked off! ๐Ÿ™‚

      • Don’t know why something went wonky with my last reply and picked up Jenese’s name…LOL

        I never thought I had an accent until I left NYโ€ฆhaha Iโ€™m a Brooklyn girl so you wonโ€™t get a Bronx accent from me, but itโ€™s really only prevalent when I get ticked off!

  9. Had to laugh at the not everyone in the south has two names. I’d have to agree with that, I’ve only known 2 people that had it like that.

    • Well, you know two people more than me. I can’t remember any. That is really my only beef with the series.

  10. I love how they really resemble their animals too. So fun and something you don’t see in all shiftery reads. I hadn’t thought about the name thing. I kinda like it but can’t think of too many that use those. I do know a Sally Jo though. Hrm.

    Later on in the series there are some connecting storylines/arcs that I really liked. Was a nice addition I thought. Hope you have a good time with the next!

    • I just finished the next one and really enjoyed it. I’m like you, I love how the animal personality traits are picked up in people. Especially with the wild dogs. I’m not sure that they are really that goofy, but still cute. Also, the lazy lion males. ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. Sounds like a good series. I listened to the clip, and it made me laugh a little every time she did the guy’s voice. I think this is one I’d have to read.

    • Not every narrator works for everyone. I know of some that I don’t like that some others love. I do highly recommend the series though for something to give you a good chuckle between all the kick-ass style books out there. If you like me, it is nice to have something to mix it up.

  12. HA! You know, I can’t think of a single person I know in real life that has a two-name name. Okay, that’s not true. I have a cousin named Mary Kate (obviously short for Mary Katherine), but names like Billy Joe or Bobbie Sue . . . not a one. Despite the hick-stereotype names, I’m glad you enjoyed the “Southernisms.” You know that I would too.

    I started to read The Mane Event a few weeks ago, but I got distracted (and just wasn’t in the mood for PNR), but I’ll definitely pick it back up the next time a PNR mood hits ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • I hope you do, Jess. I think you would like it. Book three even takes place mostly in your home state. I just finished it the other day.

  13. I love this series! The characters are so adorable and so funny <3. These books always leave me with that warm, fuzzy feeling an smile on my face. I still have two last books to read, thanks for reminding me ๐Ÿ™‚

    • I do like Sissy’s voice. I think the narrator really portrays the personalities really well. I’m reading the G.A. series. I’ve read books one and two. I like them, but they don’t have as much humor as these, they feel more UF, which is fine too. ๐Ÿ™‚

  14. I read a lot of Paranormal Romance, and I definitely prefer it when the books have stronger plot lines and a overall series story arc. I think I’d enjoy the earlier books because of the New York accents, but other than that nothing about these novels scream “read me.” Still, I’m glad you’re enjoying them! I know lots of peeps with two names, but here it’s a French thing not a Southern one; most are hyphenated like Marie-Claude & Jean-Luc.

    • I like these more for the humor, something along the lines of Molly Harper. I do wish there was more of an overall story arc and maybe one will come up as we get further into the series. The French do like their hyphenated names.

  15. Even if you don’t have a big plot here along the books, it sounds like it’s a nice one. I doidn’t know it but I think I saw some of the series a few times. I should try it sounds like a nice read. Thanks for the review0

    • This don’t have great big plot lines, but they are fun and good for a laugh type of stories. I hope you have a chance to give them a try.

  16. I am really taken aback that there isn’t an overall arc for this series. How unusually especially in this genre. I am glad you are continuing to enjoy them.

    • I’m not sure if something will pick up further into the series, but so far, each story is the story unto itself. The characters continue on and their lives are moving forward, but there isn’t any kind of ongoing struggle or anything like that. They are a lot of fun so far.

  17. I do like this story read it though one thing I like is the humor and the mass jumble of characters and species, but you must people either love it or hate it. Next time though I might give her a listen instead.

    • I love all the different characters and species, especially since the characters take on so much of their animal’s personality. So far, the wild dogs are my favorite. I hope you enjoy the listen.

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