Colorado Wild on Audio ~ Review by Brandilyn

I finally did it, I snagged an audio book review.  Hopefully it won’t be my last.  I truly love the audiobook format.  I know some people are anti-audio books, but they are the only thing that saved me years ago when I was making a 1.5 hour commute each way.  Now, I use them when I am driving, cleaning, or just want to multitask.  I had the pleasure of reviewing Sara York’s recent audio release, Colorado Wild.

18478346Title: Colorado Wild (Colorado Heart, #1)

Author: Sara York

Narrator:  Stan Jenson

Length: 5 hours

Rating (book): 4 out of 5 stars

Rating (Narrator): 4 out of 5 stars


When love sneaks up on you, shoot for the heart. Billy Bradford has a secret, and it’s bigger than the fact that he’s an assassin. When Tucker Hayes, Billy’s “straight” best friend, is injured on a mission, Billy acts in haste, kissing Tucker. Shocked by the act, Tucker runs. But desire is stronger than convictions, leading Tucker to hunt down Billy. The other guys on the ranch are oblivious to Tucker and Billy’s actions as they investigate a new target. Grant Stovall is hung up on his ex, but Roger Burk, their new operative, catches his attention and one small touch isn’t enough. Meet the cowboys of Wild Bluff Ranch in the first audiobook of the Colorado Heart Series, Colorado Wild.

My View

I am not going to spend a lot of time talking about the book itself.  For that see Marc’s review.  I want to, instead, focus on the narration and the presentation of the story in audio.  Stan Jensen is a not new narrator for me.  I haven’t listened to a ton of his work, but I have listened to one other title.  So how did he do with Colorado Wild?

There is a lot going on at the Wild Bluff Ranch. This is an ensemble story and as such, the listener could very easily have  gotten lost in the narration.  That, however, was prevented by the talents of the narrator, Jensen.  Even multi-tasking, I was able to easily follow the story and a characters.  Audiobooks, in their purist form, are readings of an authors work, but a good audio narrator can add to the story with their interpretation.  For the most part, Jensen did that fabulously.  My one complaint was Billy’s voice.  It just pulled me out of the story and a sexy scenes with Tucker.  I had a hard time picturing him as the top, I had a hard time picturing Tucker with him.  That is minor, in comparison to the rest of the book, but yeah.

If you are a fan of audiobooks, this is a good listen.  I don’t know if it is one I would recommend to someone new to audio, but I wouldn’t NOT recommend it either.

I would like to thank the author for the review copy of this audiobook in exchange for my honest review.

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5 thoughts on “Colorado Wild on Audio ~ Review by Brandilyn

  1. Thank you for this review and information. A certain form of blindness runs in my family and I am in horror of not being able to read one day. This gives me hope.

  2. I’ve not listened to a lot of audiobooks. I mean the very idea is a bit foreign to me since all I’ve done since I was a child was read. I’m not sure if I could give my full attention to a book and pay the story the kind of attention it should get. But I can’t help to want to know how well the book translated through a reading. Thanks for the review.

  3. Thanks, Brandilyn. Keeping 10 similar men straight (so to speak) as spoken characters was a challenge, and yes, Billy is a bit of a stretch. Narrating is a lonely profession, and you have no idea how nice it is to hear from someone who has listened to my work — and then said nice things about it. Volume 2, COLOLRADO FIRE, should be on Audible in about 6 weeks or so. It’s a lot sexier!

  4. I’ve only listened to one as well. With that one example I had to be paying attention or I would tune it out. I don’t know if it was just that book, or if I’d be that way with any audio. I shall have to get a greater number of attempts for my control study. 😀

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