Cut & Run Audiobook by Abigail Roux and Madeleine Urban

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Review of: Cut & Run Audiobook
Abigail Roux and Madeline Urban

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On May 7, 2013
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Cut & Run Audiobook

By: Madeleine Urban & Abigail Roux

Narrated by: Sawyer Allerde

Published by: Hudson Audio April, 2010


Cut & Run Audiobook

13 hrs and 18 mins

Whispersync for Voice: Enable



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 A series of murders in New York City has stymied the police and FBI alike, and they suspect the culprit is a single killer sending an indecipherable message. But when the two federal agents assigned to the investigation are taken out, the FBI takes a more personal interest in the case.Special Agent Ty Grady is pulled out of undercover work after his case blows up in his face. He’s cocky, abrasive, and indisputably the best at what he does. But when he’s paired with Special Agent Zane Garrett, it’s hate at first sight. Garrett is the perfect image of an agent: serious, sober, and focused, which makes their partnership a classic clich: total opposites, good cop-bad cop, the odd couple. They both know immediately that their partnership will pose more of an obstacle than the lack of evidence left by the murderer.Practically before their special assignment starts, the murderer strikes again this time at them. Now on the run, trying to track down a man who has focused on killing his pursuers, Grady and Garrett will have to figure out how to work together before they become two more notches in the murderer’s knife.


Hmmm. I’m not sure how I like the narration on this novel. At times Sawyer Allerde, a self-proclaimed “narrator specializing in Gay Fiction,” showed his narrating ability, at others, not so much. (I think I’m getting really spoiled by some of the excellent narrators out there.) While he did varying voices for other characters, I thought Zane and Ty’s voices were quite similar.

Not that I confused them, but I think that was due more to the writing chops of the two authors. In addition, his falsetto voices for the women – fortunately few and far between – were abysmal. He gets a little monotone at some pointsand I actually fell asleep listening once, something I rarely do. I guess when a character got pissed, I wanted Mr. Allerde to sound more pissed than he was, especially when the situation warranted it. If a character yells, I wanted him to yell.

Interestingly, I do think he did a good job infusing the sound of humor into both men’s voices, and still made their tones sound distinctly different from one another, something I consider tricky to do. I don’t think he elevates the story through-out, but I’d be willing to give him another chance. A good thing, too, because I already bought the second in this series.

I liked this story – the first in the Cut & Run series by authors Abigail Roux and Madeleine Urban – of two FBI agents on the trail of a serial killer, but I didn’t love it. Maybe it was hyped too much for me. I guessed who the killer was early on; regardless, I can say parts of the book were still exciting for me. This is yet another sign of the excellent writing present.

Though some of the issues pushed some of my personal buttons, I did like the relationship build between Zane and Ty; the set-up, the tenderness, the realism, the interaction, the dialogue, the dilemma. Not that I know, but I felt that this was a true relationship that two professional men working together would have – affectionate moments, differences of opinion, and all. It was conceivable that these two opposites – well written, distinct, complex personalities – would be attracted to one another. I just wanted them to be smarted than me.

The end was nicely done, as it wasn’t a cliffhanger, but left me wanting to go on with the series, to find out more about these characters.

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Narrator: Sawyer Allerde

Authors: Abigail Roux & Madeleine Urban

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Loupe Duffy
A mom, a wife, a friend, a happy ending addict, an Audiobook junkie, a wine lover and geek wanna -be. I'm constantly looking to be blown away.
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  1. A lot peeps loved, loved this book, and while I did enjoyed their relationship a lot I wasn’t blown away by the story, and to be honest I though it had a lot to do with narration. I thought he was just OK, didn’t do anything to improve the experience, in fact, I kind of feel that I’d loved it if read it instead.
    Thanks Lisa!

  2. I have to agree, Sawyer Allerde is not the best narrator out there…. But I love this series and Ty&Zane so much, that I’m just happy and grateful for the existence of these audiobooks. Listening to them is sooooo much fun 😛

    Great review!

    • Did you read it first? I know, there are a lot peeps that loved this book as much as you did. I liked a little better than Lisa did, but I agree with her about the narrator, although I know that my opinion could easily change with the next book. Some times it takes 2 books to start getting used to a narrator.

    • Yes, Cayce, I’ve heard that the first book is not as good as the rest in the series, as far as the mystery goes. Still, I really liked the relationship between the heroes.

    • Yes, I read it first. The audiobooks always took so long to come out, there is no way that I can wait months (and avoid all the spoilers).
      Oh and there was a narrator change somewhere… I just listened to Armed & Dangerous (book #5) and that was narrated by a Shaun Crisden…. I think I prefered Allerde….

      @Lisa: The series is definitely getting better by every book, but mostly in the romance department. The mysteries remain full of plot holes. But, like I said I read these books for Ty&Zane, so I don’t really mind 🙂

    • I got you back, thanks 🙂 Sorry about the Hop, I’m still learning how it works.

    • I’ll have to figure out how to follow, too.

  3. I’ve been super curious about this series ever since Jennifer started ranting and raving about it. But I feel your pain about not liking a narrator; I’ll prolly pass on the audiobook version. Thanks for pointing out my cover error on my Kiss of Steel review BTW. 🙂

    • I liked it a little more than Lisa did, it was a 4 stars for me, but I think the narration robbed it the extra star.
      I didn’t know what was going on with the cover, I really was confused…LOL

    • I hope you enjoy the book, Carmel. Looks to be a great series.

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