Cole’s Redemption Audiobook by J. D. Tyler

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Review of: Cole's Redemtion Auidobook
J.D. Tyler

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Cole’s Redemption Audiobook

By: J. D. Tyler

Narrated by: Kirsten Potter

Published by: Tantor Audio 03/04/2014

Cole's Redemption audibook


3.5 Hearts Rating Image- Hot ListensAlpha pack Series # 5

7 hrs and 32 mins

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Cole's Redemption Audiobook Narration

I liked the narration better in this story better than the ones in the past. I have no idea why, but it just seemed better to me. Maybe it was that I liked the story a little more, so it pulled me in more. I don’t think the narration made the story better or worse.

Reviewed by ML Simmons

This is the fifth book in this series. If you’ve read my previous reviews for this series, you know that I’ve been a little iffy about this series. I’ve really enjoyed many of the characters and I love the idea of former SEALs turned werewolves. The psychic gifts are a nice original touch. I like the different characters like the Fae prince, Blue and the gremlin. The stories have just never pulled me in that last bit. I think this one did pick up a bit. The author focused more on the the arc of the overall series and less on gratuitous sex scenes. Don’t get me wrong, I love a good sex scene in a story, I read a ton of erotica, but these stories just didn’t do it for me. This story was better.

Here we have Zander Cole, the Alpha Pack’s healer. He was injured in an earlier book and lost his hearing. Zander has had a hard life. His father treated his healing ability like a curse and treated him like a freak. He has a very sweet nature, where healing others is more important to him than even his own health.

Selene Westfall, the commander’s estranged daughter, is convenience that her father killed her mother and then ran from their pack. She has come to the Alpha Pack territory to get revenge on Nick. She has tons to learn about her past and her father which she barely knows. She also has her own psychic gift that she was not aware of.

My biggest beef with this story, in particular, was the healing that was done to fix the hearing issue with Zander. It wasn’t believable to me and was fixed to quickly. This was something that really drove me to want to read this book and the resolution to this issue just didn’t pull me in.

The ending of the story pulled me in as it got me really wanting to read the next book in the series even though I’ve only been giving this series 3 flaming hearts or so across the entire series. This series amazes me how I’m pulled in to read each new story even though I’m overly impressed with each individual story. The series as a whole pulls me in. This is a series where the secondary characters are better than the main characters in each story.

J.D. Tyler is an award-winning, multi-published author who writes for New American Library under three pseudonyms. Whether this is due to an overdose of ambition or a multiple personality affliction, she’ll never tell.

Author J. D. Tyler

J. D. Tyler

J.D. writes dark, sexy paranormal romance and has a huge thing for shifters, vampires, the Fae, and just about everything else that goes bump and grind in the night. She can’t get enough of those dangerous supernatural heroes, and the fun of creating her own was just too much temptation to resist… so she didn’t. J.D. doesn’t do self-denial.



Narrator Kirsten Potter

Kirsten Potter

Kirsten Potter is an actress, known for The Eyes Have It (2007), Fallout: New Vegas (2010) and Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning (2012).


Reviewed by ML Simmons

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  1. I’s so glad you are liking Kirsten’s narration a little more, she’s one of my favorites. I really enjoyed her performance in Historical Romance as well as, When Darkness Comes, the first book in the series Guardian of Eternity.

    • Yeah, I’m enjoying the narration more. I just listen to so many great narrators, I tend to be hard on the ones that don’t live up to Renee Raudman or Lorelei King. Narrators tend to be love/hate with me, it seems.

  2. Well I am glad to hear the narration was better but sadden about the lack of believabilty. Thanks for sharing this one 🙂

    • I really enjoy the overall story arc and the characters, just not each individual story. It is really weird for me. It makes want to keep reading the stories even though I keep finding the stories “eh”. Don’t get me wrong, they aren’t bad, just okay.

  3. Thanks for the review. Too bad about the believability and really we paranormal fans need that too.

    • Thanks. I know that I tend to look at things, even fictional things, too logically sometimes. I’ll say something doesn’t make sense because an werewolf would never do that. I know werewolves don’t exist, but I just can’t stop myself.

  4. I’ve read her firefighters but this was the first of this series I’ve read. I liked it quite a bit–it really is a neat set up. I’m with you on his hearing. I would have liked some more on that instead of it just kind of happening and being done with. But still an entertaining read 🙂 Glad it worked better for you than some of the others!

    • I love the overall story arc, I just wish I could get into to each individual story more. I think I remember reading your review and thinking you and felt similar about this book.

  5. How is this the first time I hearing about this series?! I definitely need to add it to my list. I recently read a book that I also found “hard to believe” but then I realized, umm this is Paranormal Romance Lori…LOL I think sometimes I get a little too invested in my book worlds! 😉

    • I have the same issue. I do have to remind myself often that vampires and werewolves are not real, so as long as the author doesn’t keep changing up the rules of their world, everything will be okay. 🙂 I hope you enjoy.

    • She’s okay, not my favorite, but not bad. I’ve only read this series. I love some of the characters.

  6. I have this entire series in my TBR. (I know, it’s a sin and an abomination)*snort* I have heard good buzz and I am GOING to get to it. Great review, I love your honesty. I know what to expect and I would love to compare notes.

    • I don’t think it is an abomination. I have many series on my TBR list. That is one reason I’ve gotten where I drop a so-so series pretty quick.

      In my opinion, I think this author does better with secondary characters than main characters. I always like the characters better when they are not the ones in the spotlight, but that is normal for me. I hope you enjoy the series.

  7. HA! That happens to me all the time. There are at least half a dozen series that I was feeling pretty MEH about, but kept going and going with them. I’m glad that this one at least picked up a little bit for you, and I agree that former military/werewolves is a fabulous premise 😉

    • I’m really glad I’m not the only one. 🙂 I love the story arc, it is just that each individual story just doesn’t seem to be as good as I would like it to be. It probably doesn’t help that I tend to be more found of secondary characters than main characters. Some of my faves in other series: Nix, Jenks, Ian, Lassiter (see what I’m talking about). 😛

  8. I’m so disappointed in myself that I haven’t started this series yet. I mean hello it’s about werewolves! I think I’ve listened to a book or two before that was narrated by Kirsten Potter, and I’ve enjoyed her in the past. Primal Law is on my Audible wishlist. I must get to it soon…

    • I know, I can’t believe I’ve read a werewolf book that you haven’t. 😛 I hope you enjoy. I can’t wait to get your input on this series.

  9. This is the first time I hear about this series and author. I like that it’s about ex seals/werewolves, sounds hot :). I’m gonna recommend it to my friend who is obsessed with books about werewolves.

    • Sounds like a plan. I hope your friend enjoys. I enjoy the idea of SEALs/werewolves too.

  10. How come I haven’t heard of this before? It feels so old-school were PNR.

    On a different note, I am enjoying audio books, it’s perfect for multi-tasking. Even if Styxx is torturing me, I’m happy that Im not bored and have been listening at least 4 hours a day.

    Thanks for the tips and encouragement, ladies! Much appreciated!

    • This author isn’t extremely popular, but she isn’t bad. It is pretty old school PNR. I’m really glad that you are enjoying audio. I hope you get to enjoy more.

  11. I have read quite a few books/series where the secondary characters outshine the MCs. That’s usually fine with me as long as I don’t want to strangle the MC. lol. Glad you are still enjoying the series.

    • I’ve have too. This is the first one where the secondary outshine the main characters so much.

  12. I don’t think I know the series but the fifth book? I’ll have to chack book 1 I think because it sounds really interesting. I never tried an ausiobook yet but I know I need to. I’m just anxious to be lost with something in English and to be easily distracted… Thanks for the review.

    • I hope you enjoy the series. I would recommend to start off with a book you’ve already read for your first audiobook. It really helped me get used to listening and I already knew the story. It is a great way to do a re-read before a new book in a series comes out.

  13. I read the first book in the series nice to know Zander found love. I have to say I feel you on the spring character, I haven’t dipped back into the series yet but the audio on this one sounds good.

    • I’ve gone back and forth on the audio. Sometimes I think I like it and others not so much, even with the same narrator. I think a lot depends on how much I’m enjoying the story. I hope you have time for the rest of the series.

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