Audiobook Review: Mack: Miranda Lynn

MACK

Author: Miranda Lynn

Narrator: Brian Callahan

Series: Black Mountain Pack

Length: 4 hours 25 minutes

Publisher: Miranda Lynn

Released: Aug. 4, 2017

Genre: Paranormal Romance

His missing sister or his mate?

Casey grew up in the foster care system and it wasn’t easy. A whirlwind of events after she ages out shows her why. Her repressed shifter side emerges with the help of her soon to be mate and his pack. She does her best to learn who and what she as while under the pressure of being hunted by her biological father and his pack.

Mack has been searching for his adopted sister for years after her kidnapping and thinks he has finally found her. His shifter side on the other hand thinks they have found their mate. Fate throws them together in the midst of an oncoming battle and Mack lets instinct take over and follows his heart.

When the truth comes out the mating instinct takes over and together Mack and Casey change the rules of shifter laws once again.

 

– Time Travel and Paranormal Romance author. Her Destiny series takes you on a roller coaster ride through time with sexy Highlanders and sassy female heroines. If shifters are your kryptonite then check out her Black Mountain Pack series which throws a twist on the traditional shifter lore.

Miranda is a mother to two teenage boys who are sure they know it all, a 75lb lapdog, a 15lb foot warmer, and a cat that most days plans her demise. She is thankful her husband doesn’t mind the extra voices in her head. Miranda is an only child who grew up on a dairy farm in Illinois which left her plenty of time to make up stories in her head for entertainment. She currently resides in Tennessee where she wonder if Mother Nature will ever stop with the hormonal mood swings. She fuels herself with coffee, chocolate, and wine.

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Narrator Bio

Brian is a three-time Emmy winner and on-air news personality. His diverse audiobook catalogue features one of Kirkus Reviews’ “Best Indie Books” as well as an Independent Publisher Book Awards Finalist. Brian brings more than two decades of broadcasting experience to his voice work, which includes nearly 20 audiobooks available on Audible and iTunes. He lives with his wife and family in Seattle.

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Elsie’s Rating – ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Casey is a repressed shifter and a loner. Soon she won’t be able to deny her shifter side and Mack is determined to find her before that happens.

The relationship between Casey and Mack is interesting. There was plenty of sexual tension build up but the payoff was somewhat lackluster in my opinion. Still, it’s a solid paranormal romance and an enjoyable listen. Note: Some may feel that this story skates the line ethically because Casey is Mack’s adopted sister. Although they had been separated a long time and mostly during her formative years. Even so, I’m sure some will be offended.

The Audiobook Mack slides in at just under 4 ½ hours and is narrated by Brian Callanan. He did well in this fully voiced production. The sound quality could have been better, there was white noise in the background and the narrator’s voice was breathy. But, I did enjoy his delivery and the emotion and range of his reading.

Overall, I liked Miranda Lynn’s writing and I’m curious to see what else she’s written.This audiobook was given to me at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review.

I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Miranda Lynn. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

Q&A with Author Miranda Lynn
  1. Tell us about the process of turning your book into an audiobook. Mack took a little longer than my previous two books. I was searching for just the right voice to bring it to life. I work all my audiobooks through ACX which is a wonderful way for me to bring my books to life for those that would rather listen to them. I put the book up on the website and make it available for all narrators to find, but then I start my search, narrow it down to a few and then enlist my elite listeners to listen to their clips and give me feedback. From there I send out invitations to those I really like to audition for the book. It’s a process and this time took me six months to find the right voice, but Brian fit the bill.
  2. How did you select your narrator? After listening to about six auditions Brian’s voice caught my attention and after requesting a slight change to tone and attitude on a character I felt I hit the jackpot.
  3. How closely did you work with your narrator before and during the recording process? Brian was very good at communication and I worked closer with him than I have any other narrator. Did you give them any pronunciation tips or special insight into the characters? Yes, I did send character info to him, but he prompted me to do so. It’s not something I had done before, but will do from now on. He took great direction and was always open to any change that I needed. But those were few and far between, I feel that Brian really got into the story and character lines well.
  4. Were there any real life inspirations behind your writing? No, that’s what I love about writing this series, it was fun to create it from the ground up. When Brian asked for character sheets, and any actor/actresses that came to mind for the voices it took me a couple days to compile the list as i just ran with what they said in my head.
  5. How do you manage to avoid burn-out? I take a break between books and read, it gives me time to decompress and usually inspires me to get back to the next book.What do you do to maintain your enthusiasm for writing? I read, I talk to other authors, and interact with the readers.
  6. Is there a particular part of this story that you feel is more resonating in the audiobook performance than in the book format? There is a scene where Casey finds out who and what she truly is that seems to come across really well in audio, and the banter between. Rook and Casey in the tunnel makes me laugh a bit.
  7. What bits of advice would you give to aspiring authors? Keep writing, don’t edit as you go, finish the story and put it down for at least a week before going back to it. Find a kick ass editor and a good cover.
  8. Why did you choose to write paranormal romance? Because it’s my favorite genre to read.
  9. Do you have any tips for authors going through the process of turning their books into audiobooks? Be patient, don’t rush it, and don’t settle for someone who just isn’t the right fit.
  10. What’s next for you? I hope to start work on Rook’s audiobook soon, and am currently writing Sterling (the third in the BMP series).

 

with Author Miranda Lynn
  1. Waffle fries or curly fries? Waffle fries
  2. GIF with a hard g or soft g? Hard g
  3. Fantasy or science-fiction? Fantasy
  4. Superman or Batman? Superman
  5. Text message or call? Text
  6. Pancakes or waffles? pancakes
  7. Doctor Who or the Walking Dead? ugh…The tenth Dr otherwise Walking Dead
  8. TV Shows or movies? Both
  9. Facebook or Twitter? Facebok
  10. Alice in Wonderland or Robinson Crusoe? Alice in Wonderland
  11. Being too warm or too cold? Too warm
  12. Netflix or Hulu? netflix
  13. Work Hard or Play Hard? Play hard
  14. Passenger or Driver? Driver
  15. Amusement Park or Day at the Beach? Beach
  16. Honesty or Other’s Feelings? Careful Honesty
  17. Movie at Home or Movie at the Theater? Movie at home

 

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