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Patricia

Busy mom and "Nana" so love the audiobooks so I can keep hands free for multi-tasking. Originally from So. Calif., living in Montana.

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  • New Moon: The Twilight Saga, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Stephenie Meyer
    • Narrated By Ilyana Kadushin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6316)
    Performance
    (2673)
    Story
    (2729)

    For Bella Swan, there is one thing more important than life itself: Edward Cullen. But being in love with a vampire is even more dangerous than Bella ever could have imagined. Edward has already rescued Bella from the clutches of one evil vampire, but now, as their daring relationship threatens all that is near and dear to them, they realize their troubles may be just beginning.

    cmclien says: "Emotionally Painful..."
    "Good Stuff for Twilight Fans"
    Overall

    I enjoyed the book very much and likewise the audio version. In particular, I loved the narrator's voice. She became Bella to me. She does a great job of changing tone and tenor for different characters. The book moves along well, the characters are true to their original story. I really liked it, but it is not a stand-alone. Read book one first before trying this one.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Just for You (Escape to New Zealand)

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Rosalind James
    • Narrated By Claire Bocking
    Overall
    (56)
    Performance
    (53)
    Story
    (53)

    Hemi Ranapia isn’t looking for love. Fun, yes. Love, not so much. But a summer fishing holiday to laid-back Russell could turn out to be more adventure than this good-time boy ever bargained for. Reka Harata hasn't forgotten the disastrously hot rugby star she met a year ago, no matter how much she wishes she could. Too bad Hemi keeps refusing to be left in her past.

    Christina says: "Just for ME!!!"
    "GreatAddition to the Series"
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    Hemi and Reka! Having read all of the Escape to New Zealand series, I was thrilled to see Hemi and Reka have their own story. These two are a fixture in all of the stories and it is great to get to know them on their own and how they got to be the solid couple we see in all of the books.



    Lots of Maori culture and wonderful landscapes. Good stuff.
I can’t say enough about the performance of Claire Bocking. She nails the accents and has a huge repertoire of voices. I love her narration. If you are a fan of this series (and you should be) you’ll enjoy this one. 


    I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated for my review, and I was not required to write a positive review. The opinion expressed here is my own.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Just Not Mine: Escape to New Zealand, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Rosalind James
    • Narrated By Claire Bocking
    Overall
    (84)
    Performance
    (81)
    Story
    (80)

    Hugh Latimer's coping with a few problems just now. A broken hand, missing the European rugby tour... and a half-brother and sister who are playing havoc with his love life. Instead of packing down in the scrum, he's driving the carpool to ballet - or forgetting it's his turn. When he hears his neighbor wailing out bad pop in the wee hours, it's the last straw.

    Christina says: "Another amazing escape to the lovely New Zealand"
    "Escape to New Zealand Bk6"
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    I’ve said it before. There is a huge difference in reading a book and listening to it. Claire Bocking does a marvelous job with voices and accents in the Escape to New Zealand series by Rosalind James.

    I enjoyed the second half of the book. The first half seemed slow to me and full of irritating children whining about the inadequacy of their older brother and guardian, Hugh Latimer. As a parent, listening to a snotty 12 year old scold her older brother was almost unbearable for me. Hugh is clueless and even lacks common sense when it comes to caring for his orphaned brother, 8 and sister, 12 going on 35. He asks his neighbor, Josie, over and over again what he should be doing, how he should be doing it. If Josie, a woman who has no children can figure it out, I would have to assume that Hugh, a fit, intelligent rugby player should be able to figure it out.

    I love rugby and frankly was introduced to it by this series of books. My husband and I have both become huge fans of the All Blacks. But the entire first chapter is a play by play of a rugby match and I almost couldn’t go on. I love WATCHING rugby but hearing a fictional match featuring characters I haven’t yet met, and become invested in, almost lost me.

    What this book lacked to me was the wonderful flavor of the surrounding New Zealand countryside. This was simply a romance that happened to take place in EnZed and the reader (listener) didn’t get the wonderful tours and landscape scenes in books past. Books past gave the reader/listener glimpses in the EnZed culture and the Maori culture as well. I missed that in this book.

    The second half of the book focuses more on the budding relationship of Josie and Hugh, and becomes more interesting and enoyable—and of course Rosalind gave us a wonderful romantic ending.

    "I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated for my review, and I was not required to write a positive review. The opinion expressed here is my own.”

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • At Last: Lucky Harbor, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Jill Shalvis
    • Narrated By Erin Bennett
    Overall
    (166)
    Performance
    (148)
    Story
    (153)

    Amy Michaels loves her new life in Lucky Harbor. A waitress in the local diner, she's looking forward to her first weekend hike through the mountains. But when a wrong turn takes her off the trail, she finds herself up close and personal with forest ranger Matt Bowers. And even though she's tempted to kiss that sexy smile right off his face, she won't make the mistake of getting involved with the town heartthrob. A former cop whose life went south, Matt doesn't let anyone get too close. But something about the beauty caught his eye.

    LeftyMom says: "Story OK, narrator not"
    "It was Okay-Not My Favorite"
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    Not my favorite. I love the Lucky Harbor series but it stands to reason at some point I wouldn't like one. So far this is it. What I found after reading several of this series is that the author tends to use the same phrases over and over again. Such as: eyes the color of melted chocolate, ground his back teeth to powder, been there, done that bought the t-shirt and the list goes on. The sex scenes tend to be almost interchangeable among all of the books. A little variety would be nice.

    My main objection to this book is not the graphic sex, but the haphazard casual way that the protagonists view sex. We have a “tough girl” and a man who by all accounts of Lucky Harbor residents is a great guy, kind, decent and all that. Amy and Matt decide to fall into a sexual encounter just for the release—no strings attached. Matt has watched Amy for some time and developed an interest in her. So this “decent” guy who has an interest in Amy uses her like this? I might be an army of one, but in my world that does not indicate respect or even a gentle fondness. At one point they have sex in the woods after Matt's shoulder is dislocated, then painfully put back into place. Really?

    The entire story bothered me, the sport sex, Amy's hard attitude, the insistence by all that Matt was this decent upstanding guy yet he was willing to use this woman for sex---in the woods, in a car, on the top of his desk at the ranger station. Not my idea of a decent man---but that is just my opinion.

    Will I read other Lucky Harbor stories? Absolutely. I have throughly enjoyed many of this series and will keep going.




    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Island Life

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Michael W. Sherer
    • Narrated By Milton Bagby
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    How do you live without someone who’s been part of your life for 20 years? Jack Holm begins to find out when his wife doesn’t return to their suburban Seattle home after shopping one day. Her absence is not unusual, given her flight-attendant’s job, and it’s a respite from recent marital discord, so Jack feels relief, not worry. But when a day goes by with no word, then another, Jack, his teenage daughter and 10-year-old son do worry.

    Patricia says: "Things Didn't Add Up"
    "Things Didn't Add Up"
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    I want to call it a swiss cheese plot--full of holes. Certain things were never resolved. Without adding spoilers, I'll just say there were a couple of plot points that were never addressed. And as a listener, I’m left asking 'why would she do that--it makes no sense.'

    The main character, who supposedly spent a lot of time raising his children, needed a lesson in just that, raising children. His weakness and willingness to let his teen daughter treat him with disrespectful was terribly frustrating.

    Seriously, your wife is missing, your children are asking, 'where's mom?' and you wait almost a week to report her missing? You call her friends but won't say you can't find her? As my husband says, "Son, that dog won't hunt." I was left thinking, what is wrong with this man?

    I have to admit I have never read a novel by a male author who spent so much time describing what people were wearing, down to excruciating details. I was always taught with regard to writing--don't tell the reader, show them. There was way too much time spent on description of benign things that didn't matter and it got in the way of the story.

    I think it was a good idea but got lost along the way. Mr. Bagby did a great job with the narration.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Just My Luck: Escape to New Zealand, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Rosalind James
    • Narrated By Claire Bocking
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (119)
    Performance
    (112)
    Story
    (112)

    Nate Torrance has a job to do, and the biggest rugby boots in the world to fill. He can't afford to lose his focus, especially not to a brown-eyed Canadian who pushes all his buttons and looks much too good in a climbing harness. Allison Villiers may not know what she wants to do with her life, but she's clear about one thing. She's not impressed by the new captain of the All Blacks, however big a deal he is to the rest of New Zealand.

    PenName says: "Man Code Explained"
    "Too Right"
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    Love this book. I loved it in book form and the audio version did not disappoint. The characters are fun. There is a main love story and a secondary love story which was my favorite of the two. This is one of my favorites and I will listen to it again and again. Love stories, great women characters and decent men characters and that is a winning combination. Add to that this book had very little to do with any child characters which doesn’t translate well to audiobooks. Ms. James did a great job on this one and so did Claire Bocking, the narrator.

    I have to say though that my favorite part of the book was the romance between Liam and Kristen. Kristen, introduced in book one, is the beautiful, self-involved, younger sister to Hannah, the protagonist in the first Escape to New Zealand book. Kirsten’s growth is something special in this story. She meets and reluctantly falls in love with a less than handsome, rugged, Maori man who James has written as a complete gem and their love story is wonderful.

    Lots of tears, happy moments, great landscape, and worth a read for sure. I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated for my review, and I was not required to write a positive review. The opinion expressed here is my own.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Snow Angel Cove

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By RaeAnne Thayne
    • Narrated By Celeste Ciulla
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (28)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (26)

    Nothing short of a miracle can restore Eliza Hayward's Christmas cheer. The job she pinned her dreams on has gone up in smoke - literally - and now she's stuck in an unfamiliar, if breathtaking, small town. Precariously close to being destitute, Eliza needs a hero, but she's not expecting one who almost runs her down with his car! Rescuing Eliza is pure instinct for tech genius Aidan Caine.

    Patricia says: "It Was Okay. I'll Try One More"
    "It Was Okay. I'll Try One More"
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    The story was enjoyable. There is little conflict to overcome. But the problem I had with this was the narration. It was horrible. Bad accents, and she made the lead male character sound like a simp. And a lot of the prose she read with "up talk" raising the last word or two of a sentence as if it was a question. I will also add that audio books with child characters are not great for listening.. Dialog from a child in a written work is one thing but listening to their child-like whiney voices is brutal. I'll try one more if I can find a different narrator.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Just for Fun: Escape to New Zealand, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Rosalind James
    • Narrated By Claire Bocking
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (157)
    Performance
    (145)
    Story
    (144)

    Nic Wilkinson is a responsible, organized, disciplined rugby player at the top of his game. Emma Martens is a sometimes-scattered, often-emotional, and always-broke would-be designer with a big chip on her shoulder where Nic's concerned. They have no history together, except one perfect week. Nothing in common anymore, except the most important thing of all. Getting together again would be messy. Complicated. Scary. And, just maybe, worth every risk.

    Mom on the Run says: "Emotional and Lovely"
    "Just For Fun"
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    SPOILER ALERT:
    This review is a little difficult for me, as I love the Escape to New Zealand series and Ms. James’ writing. I didn’t really connect with this book the way I had the others.
    Emma is a single mother of 6 year old Zack. She had a fling with Nic, a professional rugby player, years before resulting in the pregnancy. He was long gone out of her life and she had no way to contact him. They reconnect and this is their story of him finding out he has a son and falling in love again.

    There is little conflict or major problems for them overcome to bind them together, so the story drags. There were too many flashbacks of the couple’s brief affair. I’m sorry to admit I found myself anxious for it to be over. I am a rugby fan but I wonder how enjoyable the game segments and description of plays would be to readers who are not a fan of the sport.

    The narrator, Claire Bocking, does an awesome job with voices on these books. She’s fantastic. Having said that, I am not really a fan of audiobooks with kid’s characters. It is annoying to listen to the child’s dialog. If you are a fan of the Escape to New Zealand series, I wouldn’t miss this one, certainly. But, for me, it was not my favorite.

    I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated for my review, and I was not required to write a positive review. The opinion expressed here is my own.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Just for Now: Escape to New Zealand, Book Three

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Rosalind James
    • Narrated By Claire Bocking
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (196)
    Performance
    (178)
    Story
    (174)

    There's no place like home... For teacher Jenna McKnight, nothing spells "heartbreak" like finding her husband with somebody else--in her bed. It's clearly time to reinvent herself. A new body, a new city, and a new job later, she's done just that. The beautiful Auckland villa isn't really her home, though. Finn Douglas and his kids aren't really her family, however much she wishes they were. And playing house can be a dangerous game. Rugby star Finn Douglas is just looking for a temporary nanny and housekeeper. Not a girlfriend, and definitely not a wife. He can't resist Jenna's cooking, it's true. Who knew he'd have so much trouble resisting her? He wants to do what's right for his kids. But waiting is so hard... Note: This romance, like New Zealand, contains a bit of steam. If that isn't your cuppa, maybe visit some other country... er, audiobook.

    PenName says: "Right as..."
    "Worth a Listen"
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    I love the location and descriptions of New Zealand in this series. This is book three and I have to say that the narrator, Clair Bocking, is absolutely wonderful. I think I would enjoy any book she narrated. Her ability to change her voice for kids, men, women and various accents is phenomenal.

    The characters were, for the most part, likable people. I had some problems with Jenna McKnight, the lead female. Jenna was a little preachy for my taste. I read another review that said it well…some of her conversations were a bit more like lectures on the way things should be. So while I liked Jenna, I also thought she came off as a bit of a know-it-all.

    This book has two children as a major part of the storyline and while Clair did an awesome job on the voices, the kids spent a lot of time whining or crying. I have to say it got a little tedious listening to them.

    I must admit that I don’t approve of all the sexual situations, but that is a personal preference and not a reflection on how good the book is. What I do love about the author’s stories are the location, use of local Enzed language, and the fact that the characters are basically good and decent people. I also love that Rosalind James ties up loose ends and you end up with a very satisfying ending.

    Having said all of the above, I believe it is worth a listen, and I wholeheartedly recommend the first two in the series in audiobook form.

    I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated for my review, and I was not required to write a positive review. The opinion expressed here is my own.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Just Good Friends: Escape to New Zealand, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Rosalind James
    • Narrated By Claire Bocking
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (262)
    Performance
    (229)
    Story
    (227)

    Kate Lamonica isn't Koti James' type. Too small. Too dark. And heaps too much work. So it's an easy bet that he can be her friend for six weeks without making a move on her, no matter what his mates would have said. Kate can't believe she's made the bet at all. New Zealand had seemed like the perfect escape from the stalker who'd threatened first her peace of mind and then her life. She certainly doesn't need any more trouble. Why on earth has she agreed to spend time with a Maori rugby player who's far too handsome and charming for his own good - and knows it?

    MJG says: "ANOTHER FANTASTIC KIWI / RUGBY LOVE STORY"
    "Loved This One"
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    What did you love best about Just Good Friends?

    I enjoyed both the main characters. Kate was a fiery gal, feisty and sarcastic. Koti is a charmer as well. Both characters are written very well and the sparks fly between them.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Koti James was a gentleman and completely befuddled by Kate Lamonica. It was fun to read.


    Which character – as performed by Claire Bocking – was your favorite?

    Again, Koti James. Claire's accents are brilliant and so well done.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Just This Once: Escape to New Zealand, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Rosalind James
    • Narrated By Claire Bocking
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (407)
    Performance
    (369)
    Story
    (369)

    Everyone needs to be rescued sometimes. Everyone but Hannah Montgomery, that is. She just needs a vacation. Three weeks in New Zealand to sort out her life, figure out what she wants, seems just right. Oh, and to relax. She should definitely put that on the agenda. She certainly isn't looking for a fling with a professional rugby player, no matter how attractive he is. Hannah doesn't do casual. But maybe just this once.…

    MJG says: "INTRODUCE YOURSELF TO NEW ZEALAND ... AND ..."
    "Love the Idea of It"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Yes, if someone wants an easy read with not much depth.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    I loved the idea of a young woman going on vacation, meeting a wonderful man, and her life changes.


    Which character – as performed by Claire Bocking – was your favorite?

    Favorite character was Drew. Least favorite Hanna, she was written too insecure and self-deprecating and it got old that Drew had to reassure her all the time he was serious and that she was worth it.


    Did Just This Once inspire you to do anything?

    No


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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