Forgotten Sins Audiobook by Rebecca Zanetti (Review)

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Review of: Forgotten Sins Audiobook
Rebecca Zannetti

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On May 29, 2014
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Forgotten Sins Audiobook

By: Rebecca Zanetti

Narrated by: Karen White

Published by Hachette Audio 05/27/2014

Forgotten Sins Audiobook


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Sin Brothers Series # 1

11 hrs and 48 mins

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Forgotten Sins Audiobook Sample

My Thoughts

I really haven’t been a big fan of Romantic suspense until now. I had a chance to listen to some great books from this genre in the last few weeks, and I finally got to see why so many peeps love it.

Forgotten Sins Audiobook is the first book in The Sins Brothers series, and wow! I immediately got pulled into the plot with the mystery. Right away I wanted to know more about the hero, who at the beginning of the book is found badly beaten, and with amnesia. He can’t remember who he is, or anything about his past. With that, we get presented with a plot where we take glances at the past, get to live the drama of the present, and we form and idea of what the future might bring.

Josie felt crazy in-love with Shane from the moment she met him, but now when she has managed finally to go on with her life and has healed (a little bit) her broken heart, she’s confronted with the news that her husband, who disappeared without a trace 2 years ago has been found.

Slowly we get introduce to the world of these test tube babies (Sin Brothers) engineered to be the ultimate fighting machines. The Military plot is grounded and very believable.

I really liked the chemistry between the protagonists. I think having a common past made their relation really credible and authentic, they complemented each other well.

The author does a great job of manipulating your heart to mirror the heroine’s feelings and insecurities. This man broke her heart, and now she has to navigate the land of forgiveness.
it’s not very hard to see why Josie felt head over hills with Shane, he’s a TOTAL alpha male with an attitude that makes you feel like kicking him as often as you feel like devouring him.

This is a well written cocktail of suspense, action, mystery and romance, driven by a strong heroine and a hero that will pull your strings.

Al in all, this is a great and promising start to the Sin Brothers Series.

I have added this series to my TBR, and I can’t wait to listen to the next book, and to be honest, I had to stop myself a few times from buying the printed copy of the following book. I’m making a big effort to wait for the audio.

Rebecca Zanetti

Rebecca Zanetti


Growing up amid the glorious backdrops and winter wonderlands of the Pacific Northwest has given Rebecca fantastic scenery and adventures to weave into her stories. She resides there with her husband, children and extended family who inspire her every day. Rebecca has completed several manuscripts, winning award throughout the writing industry for her work. She currently writes the Dark Protector series for Kensington Publishing, the Maverick Montana series for Entangled Publishing, and the Sin Brothers series for Grand Central Publishing.



Narrator Karen White

Narrator Karen White


Karen White is a classically trained actress who has been recording audio books since 1999 and has well over 150 books to her credit and is a proud member of SAG-AFTRA. Honored to be included in Audiofile’s Best Voices 2010 and 2011, she’s also an Audie Finalist and Best Audiobook of the Year winner for 2009, 2010 and 2011 (The Hemingses of Monticello by Annette Gordon Reed, Too Good to be True by Erin Arvedlund, and Everything That Rises Must Converge by Flannery O’Connor) and she has earned multiple Audiofile Earphones Awards.



Forgotten Sins Audiobook Narration

Karen White is an experienced narrator, and with over 9 pages of audiobooks on audible, it’s easy to see why. So there isn’t much to criticize about her technique, so in this case it comes down to how much you enjoy her style.

Her interpretation of Shane was excellent; I clearly got his possessiveness, his strength, as well as his softer side.

Her rendition of Josie yields a strong heroine with relatable insecurities. I got a good understanding of her courage, and the end result is a very likable heroine.

Her array of voices for male and females alike is excellent. No complaints here about the male voices. They are delivered very naturally, I never got distracted or confused by any of the dialogue.

She conveys the right emotions, you clearly feel the suspenseful direction of the plot.

One thing I have to mention and this might be just my preference, I found some of the non-dialogue parts a little slow, sometimes sounding a little over dramatic, but I quickly fixed it by increasing the speed to 1.5, and from then on this narration was perfect.

I highly recommend this audio to any fan of Romantic suspense. The plot, the characters, and this great interpretation make Forgotten Sins a super entertaining listen.

I can’t wait to listen to next book 🙂

Reviewed by:

Loupe Duffy Lupdilup

I would like to thank Hachette Audio for providing me with a listener advance copy of this audiobook in exchange for an honest review.

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  1. Oh I love romantic suspense, especially with military men..yum. For some reason I thought I had this book, but alas I do not. It sounds like I need to pick this one up STAT.

    • I’m falling in love with the genre since I listened to Killing Sarai, thanks to you 🙂

  2. I thought I just read a comment on Felicia’s blog about you not posting this review today. Oh, no wait… I was late commenting on hers. N/m.

    This was my first romantic suspense and I LOVED it! Plus, Karen White’s narration is the bomb! I wasn’t planning on listening to this series, but I am now!

    • I really thought this wasn’t going to be released until June, so I was waiting for its release day to post my review, but it caught me by surprise..LOL
      I really enjoyed it too, I can’t wait to listen to next book 🙂

  3. I just saw this on The Geeky Book Bloggers site too, she also loved it. I already added this one to my TBR. 🙂 Great review.

    • Awww! Thanks Jenese 🙂 I’m not very experienced with this genre, but I can honestly tell you, this book pull me right in. I hope you enjoy it too.

  4. Love a good rom-suspense. I liked this one but whew boy he was a bit too alpha for me. Book 2 was really really good. I’ve been dying to get to book 3 but life has just not been cooperating on that one. Darn it! lol Glad to see ya getting hooked by some rom-suspense!

    • Now you killing me Anna 😉 I’m making a big effort not buy the printed copy and wait for the audio, but just just made my wait even harder..LOL I’m glad to hear is good! And yes, I felt like kicking Shane’s arse a few times and then I felt like hugging him..LOL

  5. OMG I’d listen just because the cover is so yummy, but I also happen to LOVE romantic suspense.
    Thanks for the great review this one is going on my wish list 🙂

    • I really hope you like it! I’m new to genre, so I can’t say I’m an expert and what works, but I did love the suspense in this one.

  6. I’m also not a huge romantic suspense girl but this sounds like it has a little bit of sci-fi elements to it so I’m adding it to my reading list! I think the only romantic suspense I’ve read that really grabbed me was When You Dare by Lori Foster, I’m more of a PNR girl but don’t mind venturing out of that comfort zone if the book comes highly recommended 🙂

    • Me too Lori, I listened to 2 other books in this genre and I really enjoyed them, I never found the appeal to the genre before that, and to be honest and can’t seem to find many paranormals at the moment that are blowing way 🙁 So this mix might help.

      • I’m definitely adding this to my list…just have to figure out if I want to listen or read but I might just use one of my Audible credits and try something new 🙂

        • I hope you really enjoy it Lori 🙂 maybe you can find what fuss about this genre is all about.

  7. Is it weird that I’m a total sucker for test tube baby super soldiers? B/c I am. It’s the same thing as the A-L-I-E-N werewolves in Clean Sweep. I can’t wait to read this, I think it looks AWESOME. Great review 😉

    • Well, I’m now a sucker for test tube soldiers too..LOL
      I hope is just as good of a read as it is on audio. The narrator did such great job with the protagonists that makes me wonder that I have read it instead, Shane (the hero) might have been a little over Alfa for my taste..LOL
      I can’t wait to hear your thoughts when you you read it.

  8. Oh I hope the next one will be as good. I didn’t know this series I confess but I’m intrigued. And you know what? I’m trying my first audiobook! But well it’s maybe a little long for me to listen to everything. But I’m happy to tell that I understand everything.

    • Oh Mellanie! I’m so happy 🙂 They are just so convenient, you can take them any where you go, you never have to be away from your books. If you really start to enjoy them you won’t to be without one.

  9. I think I may try the next book in audiobook format. I liked this, didn’t love it but liked the possibilities of this series.

    • Yes! Give it go. I really enjoyed Karen’s interpretation of the protagonists. They were very balanced and Shane could had crossed the line into jerk-hood, but it never did on audio..lOL

  10. This sounds like an interesting plot. That would be so crazy to deal with. Glad the author did such a good job with the emotions.

    • Yes Christy, this was a nice blend of suspense action and romance, I particularly liked the mystery 🙂

  11. Right on! We are like twinsies! 🙂 I totally liked this one much more than I thought I would and now begins the countdown to the next one on audio CAUSE Karen rocked it!

    • A friend read it before and recommended it, so I had hight expectations, I’m glad they were met.
      I’m doing my best to wait for the audio, I heard great thing about the next book 🙂

  12. Not a fan of romantic suspense really, maybe I’d like this one though!

    • I wasn’t either until a few weeks ago..LOL I listened to a series and it really pull me in with the suspense as did this one, so I’m now a fan..LOL It works on audio really well, of course with the right narrator, and Karen White is a pro 🙂

  13. I looooooooooove this book and I’ve been waiting for it to come out on audio! I love books about killers and I am kind of obsessed with the Jason Morgan storyline from General Hospital. This book reminded me so much of it and I loved it.
    I wish we had a male narrator but this girl nailed it so I didn’t even really care.
    I have e-arc’s for books 2 and 3 and I’m thinking I might binge on them as soon as I finish the audio for this one. I’m about halfway through right now. So happy to see you loved this too. Shane was hot 🙂

    • I can see why! Yes! she’s really good with the male voices! I can’t wait to read your review and see how the printed copy compares.
      I’m doing my best to wait for the next audiobook, but I’m dying to see what happens next!

  14. Romantic Suspense was my first trip out of the paranormal and fantasy genres. I picked up Shiloh Walker’s PNR books and then branched out into her Romantic Suspense with the Ash Triology and I loved it. It has all the suspense that I’m used to with UF, just without fur and fangs. Great review. I’ll have to add this book to my list.

    • I’m not an expert on the genre, but I really enjoyed this one. I’m looking more into this kind of audiobooks, maybe I have to take a closer look to those you mentioned.
      Thanks Melanie!

  15. Romantic Suspense is the best sub-genre of contemporary romance IMO. It has all the panty melting parts plus the adrenalin rush we so love with UF minus the creatures. Rbecca Z is on my radar, on of these days I will give her a try. This is perfect for me.

    • I’m finally starting to see that. I love the suspense! You got it right when you mention the adrenalin running high just as it does in a good UF.
      I’m really glad I’m enjoying the genre, is a good break from the paranormal world.

  16. I love suspense and this sounds really good. I will definitely check it out, thanks for sharing 🙂

    • That’s exactly what I loved about it, I’m really starting to get a handle on all this suspense and mystery in a contemporary setting.
      I hope you enjoy it as much as did 🙂

  17. Oh I did love this story…took me a while to warm up to Josie though. This really was a kick butt story…loved Shane & his brothers.

    • That’s where the narration excelled, her interpretation of Josie make her a very likable character, and I wonder if I would have been bother by her insecurities if I had read it instead.

      • You could definitely see your enthusiasm in the work you write.
        The world hopes for even more passionate writers like you who aren’t afraid to say
        how they believe. At all times follow your heart.


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