The Audiobook Salad Edition Two (Audiobook Reviews)

Posted by on Apr 9, 2015 in Feautures, Reviews | 34 comments

The Audiobook Salad

Edition Two


The Audiobook Salad Edition two

The Audiobook Salad is a new feature at Hot Listens where we will share quick reviews and opinions of audiobooks we have listened but don’t have time to review in a long format. We thought it would be a good way to cover more audiobooks since we listen to a lot more than we can review.

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The Martian Audiobook

The Martian Audiobook

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The Martian Audiobook

Overall : 4.5 Hearts

The Martian.

It’s not easy to keep me engross amidst mathematic calculations and space geekiness, but listening to this tale of survivable and the ingenuity of Mark Watney was totally enthralling. Perfectly achieved tension mixed with Mark’s down to earth and humorous attitude kept my ears glued to my phone and made me cheer out loud his accomplishments.
Mark is a very likable character. His trashy and colorful language made his personality realistic and totally relatable; I loved his positive attitude despite his grim circumstances.
Story: 4 hearts

The Martian Audiobook Narration

The Martian was a story that I could have easily dismissed if weren’t so expertly told by narrator R.C. Bray.
I’ll be honest, I like to watch the movies made of stories like this (eg: Gravity). I’m not a fan of reading this type of books, but when narrator pulls you in right from the get-go and doesn’t let go until you reach the end, it leaves no other option.
He did a great job with Mark’s playful personality, as well as, creating an atmosphere of tension that made me hold my breath.
He’s got an excellent repertoire of voices and accents to keep the story straight.
All in all, The Martian is beautifully brought to life by narrator R.C. Bray.
Narration: 5 Hearts

I like to thank The Reading Junkie for this awesome recommendation, and The Bookaholic Cat for letting me know how good it was on audio.

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The Martian Audiobook

By: Andy Weir

Narrated by: R.C. Bray

Published by: Podium Publishing 03/22/2013

Duration: 10 hrs and 53 min

Sensuality: Warm

Genre: Science  Fiction



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Cementery Boys Audiobook

Cemetery Boys Audiobooks

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Cemetery Boys Audiobook

Overall: 3.5 Hearts


Cemetery Boys
I was so excited to listen to this story, and in the first 25 mins I thought I was in for a terrific an exciting ride. Unfortunately, our little hero’s up bursts of teenage hormones at the most inconvenient times kept taking me right out the story and killing the suspense feel. Maybe it was the fact that this was one the few times I got a romance story from a boy’s point a view..LOL – What brings me to the romance and not the strongest point of this story for me, I never felt a great connection between the protagonists.

It’s not all bad. It has its moments, and it could have been a very cool creepy tale, and at times it’s totally creepy. But somehow the whole plot fizzled out for me, and left me with more points that were just OK than those I loved.

I did like the protagonist, Stephen; his inner monologue was entertaining, and since we get the story from his point of view it wasn’t all bad.

I like how touching and real I found his relationship with father.
I also found some brilliant writing moments that kept me in the story until the end.

All in all,  it’s not bad, I just though it could have been better.

Rating: 3.0 Hearts


Cemetery Boys Narration
I have to give props to narrator Keith Heyborne for his efforts to inject the story to with perfect creepy and suspenseful feel, and at times he succeeded.

Unfortunately, the text failed him  a few times and stopped him from delivering a great horror tale about a small town that promised a lot, and maybe I was just expecting so much more.

My rating: 4.5 Hearts

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Cemetery Boys Audiobook

By: Heather Brewer

Narrated by: Keith Heyborne

Published by: Harper Audio 03/312015

Duration: 7 hrs and 24 mins

Sensuality: Warm

Genre: YA Horror



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Manwhore Audiobook

Manwhore Aduiobook

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Manwhore Audiobook

Overall: 4 Hearts

I swore I wasn’t going to pick up another tale featuring the quintessential hero; rich, powerful and with an unobtainable heart. But when I kept reading the great reviews for Manwhore I caved and decided to give it a go.

I’m glad I did because I enjoyed Manwhore! It goes to show you that even an overused premise can be span to made feel fresh and new, and this is the case with Manwhore.

As a rich, powerful and a playboy, Malcolm Saint likes to keep his life very private, the last thing he wants is a reporter snooping around in his business. But when he meets Rachel he can’t help to be smitten by the uncharacteristic and different personality from the women (air heads) he is used to dating.

On the other hand, Rachel has to fight her attraction to the enigmatic playboy, the last thing she needs is to be just a challenge and  a feather on Malcolm’s hat.

I loved these two fight to love. The obstacles create a delicious sexual tension and chemistry the jumped off the pages; in my case, off my phone.

I like the characters; I liked how Katy Evans slowly but surely made care for them and their outcome.

The only drawback to this story was the ending…….Apparently there won’t be one until the next book – So yes another cliffy!

Rating: 4.0 Hearts


Manwhore Audiobook Narration

I’m a big fan of Grace Grant! The woman knows how to flesh out these characters to maximized your enjoyment.

Again, time after time she brings the heroines and heroes to life with the perfect personality by staying faithful to the text.

The interpretation of the emotions never contradicts the mood of the story, she always put you there! And Manwhore is another showcase of her talent.

Yes, Malcolm Saint was made deliciously devilish by Grace Grant’s delivery, and that’s was a good thing for Manwhore.

Rating: 4.5 Stars

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Manwhore Audiobook

Menwhore Series # 1

By: Katy Evans

Narrated by: Grace Grant

Published by: Simon & Schuster Audio 03/24/2015

Duration: 10 hrs and 3 mins

Sensuality: Hot

Genre: Contemporary Romance



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Becoming Rain Audiobook

Becoming Rain Audiobook

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Becoming Rain Audiobook

Overall: 4.5 Hearts

Becoming Rain is the second entry in the Burying Water serie by K. A. Tucker, and as much as I liked the first book, Burying Water, Becoming Rain took my enjoyment to a different level.

I eat up these audiobooks like pop-corn, strictly for the entertainment value. I don’t expect to find philosophical answers or long life lessons to live by. I love them b/c they take me away, and now, if the author adds a suspenseful plot and  twist and turns to an already interesting love story, you can bet I’ll devour it.

Undercover agent, Clara Bertelli has become “Rain” to get close to the target of her investigation.
She was aware of all the risks this mission presented, but she never imagined her heart and career in danger. But as love stories go, the closer she got to her target, the closer he got to her heart – easily understood after we meet Luke Boone.

I was surprised by the level of suspense I found in the plot. Things got slow start while things got setup, but by the middle I was completely enthralled with Luke and Rain’s point of view. I got lost in the world of mafia, crime, romance, and pounding moments that made the 11 hours in the audiobook feel more three.
Rating: 4.5 Hearts


Becoming Rain Audiobook Narration

Again, Elizabeth Louise proves why she’s ones the best voices and interpreters of NA novels.
Her delivery of Becoming Rain is outright fantastic!
Clara (Rain)’s point of view was a flawless interpretation by Elizabeth. Her delivery yield a strong and smart heroine that even in the moments of doubt never come across as a weak character. I love that!
The suspense and romance are equally transmitted to the listener to ensure a great experience.

I wasn’t 100% sold on the interpretation of Jesse on Burying Water by Josh Goodman. I liked it, but I thought he sounded a bit much of a wise guy. Now for Luke Boone was a totally fitting approach and enjoyed his performance much more than I did in the previous novel.

All in all, I really enjoyed both of their performances, they made Becoming Rain a real winner for me.

Rating: 4.5 Hearts

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Becoming Rain Audiobook

Burying Water # 2

By: K. A. Tucker

Narrated by: Elizabeth Louise & Josh Goodman

Published by: Simon & Schuster Audio 03/03/2015

Duration: 11 hrs and 28 mins

Genre: NA Suspense

Sensuality: HOT




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Loupe Duffy
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  1. I’m loving this Audiobook Salad feature! I love reading quickie reviews, and you talk about some great ones today! 🙂

    • Thanks Grace 🙂 I’m hoping to be able to share more audiobook’s opinions this way.

  2. What is up this Martian book? I just interviewed Pip Ballantine & she said its good. A follower wanted to read it too. I’m missing something here

    • I know, right? I read a review the Reading Junkie, so I went and got it right away, I had on my list, but then The Bookaholic Cat recommended the audio, so started to listen right away. To my surprise, I really enjoyed it, I don’t know how the experience is while reading,(it must be great too, a lot good reviews) but for me was like watching a movie. 🙂

  3. Marcela was just telling me how great The Martian book was and that I must try it on audio. I guess I will need to get on that soon.

    • It reminded me a bit of Gravity, then Marcela said it reminded her of Interstellar and after I watched that movie I thought she was right.
      I hope it surprises you too 🙂

  4. I’m so torn on whether to listen or read The Martian. I know what you’ll tell me. But when I listened to the sample, I zoned out way too easy. I loved his voice though. Ahh, the pressure! I really enjoyed Becoming Rain. Manwhore sounds like so many other books out there, but I’m still curious and want to check it out.

    • I think you’ll be fine either way. I think the music at the beginning of the book can have that effect…lol
      Manwhore was in a lot ways, but somehow I connected with the story in spite of it. I’ll be looking for your thought when you decide to check it out 🙂

  5. I’ve heard mixed things about Cemetery Boys. I’m not sure I’d really love it either, based on what I’ve heard. But sorry the excitement wore off quick.

    • I caught a pre-release audio preview of the Cemetery Boys, and I liked what I heard so I preorder it. I had not read any reviews, so I had no idea what I was getting myself into…LOL

  6. Three of these books are coming up soon for me! Thanks for the “salad” reviews:)

    • I’ll be checking out your thoughts then. You’re welcome! Thank you, for taking the time and visit 🙂

  7. I felt the same way about Cemetery Boys, it started out great and the atmomspheric tension and mystery were solid, but then it fizzled, It needed more depth and development. I am happy to see you loved the KA Tucker book, I just finished the first and I got the second on audio.

    • Oh! I hope you enjoy Becoming Rain as much as did! I’ll keep my eyes open for your review.
      Yeah, that was the problem with Cemetery Boys, It started great! But sadly started to lose me little by little 🙁

  8. OMG Martian was so freakin’ awesome ..I loved it!! I read Becoming Rain and am loving this series by Tucker. I have a copy of Manwhore and may table it on account of the cliffy. Cemetery Boys didn’t speak to me and I am kinda grateful.

    • Yay! I’m glad you loved the Martian too! Tucker books are really good on audio too. I’ll keep my eyes open for your review of Manwhore, and it’s a good idea to wait 🙂

  9. Manwhore!! 😀 And I’m still like ooooh I like the tabs!

  10. Well done with the quick, concise salad reviews! Love this feature.

    Aannd another strong review for The Martian. I can take a hint. 🙂

    I loved Becoming Rain too. It had so much going for it with that aspect of suspense. Now I can look forward to maybe a re-read as an audio listen.

    • To be honest Sophia, I was very surprised by how much I enjoyed it. When I read the review that made me buy it, I was more curious than anything, this is not a genre I pick up, but she was right, I really enjoyed it 🙂

      I was very surprised also by level of suspense on Becoming Rain, and I really hope you love the audio too 🙂

  11. I have Cemetery Boys to read so a little bummed you didn’t think it was great now I am leery about it..I hate when it starts out great and then teenage hormones get in the way. 🙁 It’s coming up on my list so hopefully I will like it. 🙂

    • Who knows Stormi, it could totally work for you. Plus it does help to lower ones’ expectations sometimes. I really hope you enjoy it 🙂

      • Well, I read it and boy that was really disappointing. I was so thinking it was going to be creepier than that..such a let down. Who wants to read about a bunch of teenage boys drinking in a cemetery. 🙁

        • Bummer Stormi! I guess the narrator did make a little better for me, but wasn’t able to make a winner 🙁

  12. I like this Salad idea! None of these have hit my radar before this so will have to check them out!

    • Thanks Tanya! I wanted to find a way to do more reviews, and I think by keeping them short and to the point I’ll be able to do that.

  13. You loved the Martian, I’m so so glad *happy dance* ! If everything goes according to plan, I should be reading Manwhore and Becoming Rain this year 😉

    • Thank you!! Your review sent me right to audible, and I can assured you, I’d never picked it up if I never read your review 🙂

  14. What an awesome feature Loupe! I haven’t heard any of these but I’ll be checking them out 😉

    • Thanks Lori! Short and to the point might be the way to cover more books, although they still take forever to write…LOL

    • Yes! I was really surprised by the suspense! it was a great listen for me 🙂

  15. I loved the audiobook for Becoming Rain, such a great series!

    • Yes, so far I’ve really enjoyed both books 🙂


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