Into The Shadows Audiobook by Carolyn Crane (review)

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Review of: Into The Shadows Audiobook
Carolyn Crane

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On December 12, 2014
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Into the Shadows Audiobook

By: Carolyn Crane

Narrated by: Romy Nordlinger

Published by: Tantor Audio 12/02/2014

into the Shadows Audiobook by Carolyn Crane


3.5 Hearts Rating Image- Hot Listens

Undercover Associates Series # 3

10 hrs and 41 mins

Whispersync for Voice-ready

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Thorne McKelvey knows exactly how Nadia sees him – as a brute and a killer just kinky enough to play her sexy games. And that’s how it has to stay. Leaving her was the hardest thing he ever did, but his undercover mission could blow up at any second. No way will he drag Nadia down with him. Maybe it was foolish to fall in love with her late father’s deadliest henchman, but Nadia Volkov’s not sorry; without Thorne she wouldn’t have their beautiful little boy. There’s nothing she won’t do to protect Benny, which means she must hide his identity – especially from his father. Now Thorne has burst back into her home, searching for clues to a gangland mystery… and stirring a hunger Nadia hasn’t felt in two years. But Benny’s identity isn’t the only secret she’s keeping, and things are turning deadly. Can Thorne and Nadia trust each other long enough to stay alive and have a chance at happiness?

Contains mature themes.

©2014 Carolyn Crane (P)2014 Tantor


Into The Shadows

My Thoughts - 3.5 Hearts Story

I started Into The Shadow Audiobook in the middle of the series. It came highly recommended by several other bloggers that I know. I asked around if I could start with this one or if I needed to go back and start at the beginning. I was assured by several different people that starting with this book would be fine. I have to agree. I have no idea what the first two books were about, but this one felt almost more like a book one or even a stand alone.

This story is about a late mafia boss’s daughter, Nadia. It takes place right after her father has been killed and the fall of his empire. She grew up being told that her mother died in childbirth. After her father’s death, she learns the truth. Her mother was brought to this country to be used in the sex trade. When she got too old for that, they moved her to sweatshops. Nadia can’t stop until she finds her mother.

Thorne is a former bodyguard to Nadia, but after her father’s death, he was putting himself into place to take over a new gang. Thorne is undercover trying to help find out who is politically helping these gangs. Thorne and Nadia have a past, but they both thought it was just a fling, even though they both secretly wanted it to be more.

Overall, I really enjoyed this story. I like the undercover aspect with Thorne. He has to do some really tough things to keep his cover, he just keeps his endgame in his mind. I love how Nadia, who grew up in luxury, trying to make up for everything the blood money from her father has come. She frees dozens of women from the sweatshops.

There were a few things I didn’t like. I was so sick of the phrases “party princess” and “love/hate”. Also, there was a more angst that I would like to see in a romantic suspense. But over, I really enjoyed the story and will getting more from this series at some point.

Into The Shadows Audiobook Narration

My review - 2.5 Hearts
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I keep going back and forth on the narration by Romy Nordlinger. At times, I didn’t mind it, but one scene that keeps sticking in my head. It was banter between Thorne and Nadia. The lines were quick and they went back and forth between the two. I couldn’t tell who was saying what, there just wasn’t enough difference in the voices. This didn’t seem to be an issue in most scenes, but I can’t get that one scene out of my head.

I did go to Audible to see what others were saying about this narrator after the fact and saw that many people gave her high stars. I’m willing to give her another try. I would hate for one scene to turn me off a narrator. I will try her on another book in this series.

Author Carolyn CraneCarolyn Crane has been published by Random House and Samhain; she also enjoys indie publishing. She lives in Minnesota with her husband and two cats and works a straight job as a freelance marketing writer. During rare moments when she’s not at her computer, she can be found reading in bed, running, or helping animals.

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Narrator Romy NordlingerNarrator Romy Nordlinger‘s Film and TV roles include leading and supporting roles in Law & Order – Criminal Intent (Officer Talbor), Real Life, All My Children, One Life to Live, and SynchroNYCity plus numerous indies, industrials and voice-overs.

Her and New York theatre credits include leading and supporting roles in such theatres as: Actor’s Theatre of Louisville, Kirk Theatre, The New York International Fringe Festival, Primary Stages, Circle Repertory, Fleetwood Stage, The Wilma Theatre, The Hudson Guild Theatre and the Shubert Theatre among others.

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

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  1. I had a similar experience with this narrator in the audiobook, Consequences by Aleatha Romig, I gave her 3 stars for that performance; however I enjoyed her a lot more in the following book, Truth. Maybe it just takes some getting use to 😉
    I’ve heard great things about this author, and now that I enjoy romantic suspense I’m going to give this series a go.
    Thanks Melanie!

    • I did enjoy the over all story and romance. There were a few things with the story that bothered me and I don’t know if the narration made that worse or not. I’ll probably try another book in this series on audio and see how it goes. You know how one thing will just stick with you sometimes, that could be what is going on here.

  2. It is nice that you can pick up n the middle of hte sth no issues. Too bad there is a touch too much drama and angst, and I know what you mean about repetitive phrases. I have been listening Mara Dyer and one phrase keeps popping up”I let out the breath I didn’t realize I had been holding.” I can’t stand that phrase. I also know what you mean about narration moving to fast.

    • I think some times those repetitive phrases stick out more to you on audio, or at least they do with me. There are series that I’ve read and switched to audio and that is when I noticed the repetitiveness. Overall, I still really enjoyed the story and just looked past that to the wonderful characters.

  3. Ugh, I can’t stand when there isn’t a difference between the guy and girl voices. It does make it hard to tell who is saying what sometimes. Or maybe I’m just spoiled by Elizabeth Louise because her guy voices rock!

    • I listen to some really great narrators too in Renee Raudman and Lorelei King just to name two. Both of their men are great and they do a ton of different ones. I’m going to give this narrator another shot, probably with this same series, just to be sure it wasn’t just me and my frame of mind at the time. Especially, since I didn’t always notice this issue.

  4. So you had a bit of a love/hate relationship with the narration? Haha – sorry, couldn’t resist. That’s crazy about her mom, though. This sounds interesting.

    • Hahaha. I really loved the idea of the story. I want to see what the other two books are about.

  5. Sounds like a pretty good read, I like the whole bodyguard turned love interest type book, but haven’t read many of them. Great review 🙂

    • I did really enjoy it. I hope you enjoy too.

  6. I don’t like angst that much, but overall, the story looks rather good. And I like the guy on the cover, I was saying something in my head like “hey, come over here, sweetie” when I saw the gun lol ! (I had too much coffee this morning !)

    • I’m not a fan of angst either, which is why I avoid YA, but this was good. Yea, that cover is hot. 🙂

  7. I liked the books I tried by the author and I need to read the ones I have at home but I definitely need more time, it’s terrible! This one sounds nice. thanks for the review!

    • Thanks. I need more time too. There are so many books that I want to read and/or listen.

  8. Thanks for the review! I’ve got the first two books in the series and have Consequences to listen to so thanks for the heads up on the narrator.

    • I would be interested to hear your thoughts on the narrator and see if it was just me. I’m going to try another book in this series to see how it goes.

  9. I really like this series a LOT! Since I haven’t tried on audio, I’ll probably skip it. I agree that you don’t have to have read any of the previous books, but the second one is my favorite of the series. There is a lot of action and back and forth, which may make the narration hard to follow?

    • I want to try another in this series. I’ll try book two next then. I willing to try again on audio. I’ve had books where one didn’t sit well with me, but others did. If the next one doesn’t do much, I’ll switch to reading.

  10. I don’t like phrases that’s said repetitively. It can become annoying especially in audiobooks.
    Some Angst is okay with me but it has to be done right.
    Great review!

    • It is definitely more noticeable on audiobooks. I’ve noticed that with series that I started reading, then switched to listening. I still enjoyed the story. I’ve been told book two is even better, so I’m going to give that one a whirl.

  11. I’m so far behind on her books. I’ve enjoyed them but it’s been years. That’s frustrating about the narrator. It’s hard when a scene like that sticks out so badly. I’ve had that in print before that was very quick dialogue and I would have to stop and try and figure out wait who is saying this now?

    • This is my first book by this author under this pen name. I did read The Prisoner under the pen name Annika Martin, but that was also in tandem with an author that I’ve read before in Skye Warren. It was a completely different genre. I definitely want to read another Carolyn Crane book. I even think I’m going to try to listen again and see how it goes with the narrator. I hope you get a chance to try this book, it was really a good story.

      • I’ve not tried her as Martin yet but I do have the one with Skye on my tbr pile. Love Warren. I picked up Martin’s freebie book this week. It looks pretty good!

  12. I have this one for review on audio as well. I’ll have to see if I have the same issue with the scene you talked about.

    • I’ll be interested to see if you do too. Have you listened to this narrator before?

      • No I haven’t. I read book 1 and have 2 & 3 in ebook to review but thought I’d try the audio for one of them.

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