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L. Renee Nickel

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Kingman, IN USA | Member Since 2010

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  • True Love and Other Disasters

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Rachel Gibson
    • Narrated By Susan Bennett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (573)
    Performance
    (394)
    Story
    (396)

    Best-selling author Rachel Gibson is acclaimed for her quick-witted and endearing romances. True Love and Other Disasters begins as the Seattle Chinooks hockey team owner dies, bequeathing the team to his young widow, Faith. Faith is determined to be taken seriously as the owner, and she’s not going to let anyone—especially dreamy star player Ty Savage—get in her way.

    S says: "More Rachel Gibson, please!"
    "Fabulous!"
    Overall

    I love all of Rachel Gibson's books, I just don't understand why all of them aren't available on audio. If you want a fun, witty, sexy read/listen - I highly recommend this book and all others by Rachel Gibson.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Simply Irresistible

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Rachel Gibson
    • Narrated By Kathleen Early
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (146)
    Performance
    (131)
    Story
    (130)

    Georgeanne Howard leaves her fiancé at the altar when she realizes she can't marry a man old enough to be her grandfather, no matter how rich he is. Hockey superstar John Kowalsky unknowingly helps her escape, and only when it's too late does he realize that he's absconded with his boss's bride. This bad boy isn't looking to be anybody's savior but his own. Still, a long night stretches ahead of them - a night too sultry to resist temptation.

    Leesa says: "Very Irresistible!!!"
    "At long last!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This is my favorite Rachel Gibson book. I was thrilled to find it was finally available on audio. The story of John and Georgie is filled with heart and humor.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved the arc of both John and Georgie, how they grew and changed. I also loved the dialogue between Lexi and her mother, and between Lexi and her new found father. And the parallel between both Lexi's insecurities and Georgie's insecurites. Very sweet.


    Which character – as performed by Kathleen Early – was your favorite?

    She did a wonderful job on Georgie. Georgie's southern drawl was not over done as they sometimes are. It was just enough to always know that this was a southern gal.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    As always with Rachel Gibson books, there was laughter as well as heartfelt awwwwwws.


    Any additional comments?

    It is my sincere hope that more (ALL) of Rachel Gibson's backlist of books will be available soon on audible. I will keep checking!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Dream Lake

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Lisa Kleypas
    • Narrated By Jeff Cummings
    Overall
    (190)
    Performance
    (173)
    Story
    (167)

    Alex Nolan is as bitter and cynical as they come. One of three Nolan brothers who call Friday Harbor home, he’s nothing like Sam or Mark. They actually believe in love; they think the risk of pain is worth the chance of happiness. But Alex battles his demons with the help of a whiskey bottle, and he lives in his own private hell. And then a ghost shows up. Only Alex can see him. Has Alex finally crossed over the threshold to insanity? Zoë Hoffman is as gentle and romantic as they come. When she meets Alex, all her instincts tell her to run.

    Diana DC says: "Wrong Narrator"
    "Incredibly Bad Choice for a Narrator!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you like best about Dream Lake? What did you like least?

    I love the story of Dream Lake. Very sweet and tender. It's a bit awkward at first because the story is actually taking place at the same time as the previous Friday Harbor installment, Rainshadow Road. But once you get past that, it's a great story.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Dream Lake?

    My most memorable moment would be a bit of a spoiler, so I won't elaborate.


    How could the performance have been better?

    A different narrator, a female narrator would have made it better. I've yet to listen to a male narrator of Romance where they didn't make the woman's voice sound whiny and irritating, nor can they bring out the personality of the female character. Whereas most good female narrators are able to have distinguishable voices for both male and female without the male sounding effeminate. They could have had two narrators for this book, one male, one female and it would have been infinitely better.


    What would have made this romance irresistible?

    The romance is irresistible, it's an excellent story. I had read the book prior to getting the audio version. Had I not previously read the story, the narrator would have made it very difficult to focus on the story itself. His poor portrayal is very distracting from the story itself.


    Any additional comments?

    I truly wish they would re-record this book with another narrator to give this sweet story justice.

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Maybe This Time

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Jennifer Crusie
    • Narrated By Angela Dawe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1455)
    Performance
    (820)
    Story
    (820)

    When Andie tries to gain closure with her ex-husband, he asks one final favor of her. A distant cousin has died and left North the guardian of two orphans. When Andie meets the two children, she realizes the situation is much worse than she feared. Carter and Alice aren’t your average delinquents, and the creepy old house where they live is being run by the worst housekeeper since Mrs. Danvers. Complicating matters is Andie’s fiancé’s suspicion that this is all a plan by North to get Andie back.

    Jessica says: "Loved This Book"
    "Fabulous!"
    Overall

    I read this book prior to buying the audio version. I enjoyed the book immensely, but enjoyed it even more on audio. Angela Dawe does a superb job of bringing Crusie's characters to life. Having been a big fan of Kate Fleming/Anna Fields and her readings of Susan Elizabeth Phillips books, I can say that I've found another favorite reader to fill the void since her passing. Angela Dawe is fabulous, and as for Jennifer Crusie - nothing but classic perfection.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful

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