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Cheryl H

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  • Crazy for Love

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Victoria Dahl
    • Narrated By Montana Chase
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (121)
    Performance
    (51)
    Story
    (52)

    Chloe Turner thought she was going to marry the perfect man—until her fiancé’s plane crashed. And then she got the really bad news: he’d tried to fake his own death to avoid marrying her. Now America’s most famous bridezilla (a tag she most definitely does not deserve), Chloe escapes to a remote island to avoid the paparazzi. And right next door is a man who just might be the cure for Chloe’s heartache.…

    Courtney says: "Couldn't finish because of narration"
    "Worst narrator ever!"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    If you can overlook the terrible narration, this story might actually be interesting. I was so distracted by the speech pattern of Montana Chase that I couldn't keep my concentration on what was happening with the story line. After an hour of listening, I finally gave up and quit. Don't waste your money or your credit on this one.


    What could Victoria Dahl have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Get a better narrator. I may download this book on Amazon kindle and read it, I just cannot listen to it any longer.


    What didn’t you like about Montana Chase’s performance?

    Her speech pattern and her voice sounds too old to be speaking these parts. She has a terrible habit of drawing out the first word or two in a sentence much longer than the rest of the sentence. There's not much emotion in the speaking parts and it almost sounds like an automated voice. I couldn't tell who was speaking unless the author actually wrote it into the story.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Crazy for Love?

    I don't know - I didn't get far enough to answer this.


    Any additional comments?

    If I see Montana Chase is narrating any other books, I will definitely move on past them.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Heroes Are My Weakness

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Susan Elizabeth Phillips
    • Narrated By Erin Bennett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (275)
    Performance
    (244)
    Story
    (242)

    He's a reclusive writer whose imagination creates chilling horror novels. She's a down-on-her-luck actress reduced to staging kids' puppet shows. He knows a dozen ways to kill his characters with his bare hands. She knows a dozen ways to kill an audience with laughs. But she's not laughing now.

    Carla says: "Not SEP's best work"
    "Disappointing but not a total loss"
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    I had high hopes for this book and maybe that's why I was disappointed. The main character kept hearing puppet voices in her head, which initially made me think she was schizophrenic. The hero was strange at the beginning of the book and it almost seemed as if SEP wrote him one way, then changed him about a third of the way through the book. Some parts of the story were funny and there is a thread of mystery running from the beginning to the end. The little mute girl was a nice addition to the novel. If this is your first SEP book, don't judge her by it. There are some awesome earlier books that are much better reads.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hotshot: Buchanan-Renard, Book 11

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Julie Garwood
    • Narrated By Amy McFadden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (358)
    Performance
    (331)
    Story
    (331)

    A graduate of a prestigious French culinary school, Peyton has just lost her job as a food critic after rightfully accusing her boss of sexual harassment. Out of work and in a bad place personally, to Peyton a year doing something completely different sounds wonderful. Peyton dives into learning the resort business but is quickly derailed by an escalating chain of events that puts her life in danger. She refuses to be intimidated - until she’s nearly killed. Then she calls on her childhood friend and protector, Finn MacBain, now with the FBI, and asks for his help.

    L.W. says: "Interesting and Enjoyable"
    "Another winner for Julie Garwood"
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    This book captured me from the first pages all the way to the end. It's the story of Finn McBain, FBI agent, and the little girl next door whose life he saved when he was 14 and she was 6. All grown up, they meet again at his brother's wedding just after she narrowly escaped bodily harm from her sexual predator boss. The main story, the side story of her sister and the resort manager, and the backstory of Debbie, the malicious cousin, were enjoyable throughout the book. You will love it too!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Huddle Up: 'Fantasy' Football, Season 3

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Liz Matis
    • Narrated By Christine Padovan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (29)
    Performance
    (29)
    Story
    (29)

    When Angel O'Malley is left penniless by her deceased father's gambling debts, she is forced to sue pro football player Billy Burner for child support. Blindsided with a five-year-old daughter, he tackles fatherhood with the same commitment he gives to the game, but he has his eye on a bigger prize: Angel's heart. She agrees to Billy's plan to play house to ensure the new father makes no rookie mistakes.

    Gina says: "Love the Fantasy Football series!"
    "Nice story, but terrible narrator"
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    This book had a nice story to it and I wish I had read it on my Kindle instead of listening to the audio version. The narrator had a weird method of speaking, very much like the "one-up lady" that used to be on Saturday Night Live. Just listen to the sample and you'll understand what I mean. It was almost comical, but distracting from the actual storyline. In the book, a young football player finds out he is a father four years later when the mom threatens him with a paternity suit. She is broke and nearly homeless after her dad gambles away all the money and then passes on. The reconnection between these two makes for a nice easy romance.

    0 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Outlander

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (18778)
    Performance
    (12885)
    Story
    (12780)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: An all-time Audible favorite that mixes historic fiction, adventure, and romance with one of the most fascinating literary devices: time travel. Outlander introduces an exhilarating world of heroism and breathtaking thrills as one woman is torn between past and present, passion and love. In 1945, former combat nurse Claire Randall returns from World War II and joins her husband for a second honeymoon. But their blissful reunion is shattered....

    Lulu says: "The Reason for the Existence of Audio Books"
    "One of the books you'll always remember"
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    What can I say that hasn't already been said about Outlander. The author's detail on life in the 18th century, a storyline that never has a dull moment, and the characters that jump out from the pages make this one book you don't want to miss! I read this book in written form when it first came out and just listened to it again. It was just as wonderful the second time around. Do yourself and favor and get the audio version even if you've already read it.

    One additional note - I was listening to it on my older ipod and the last 6 hours wouldn't play. I switched over to my phone and it was just fine. I suspect the length of the 33 hour book was just too big of a file for my older player.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Savor: Billionaire Bachelors Club, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Monica Murphy
    • Narrated By Amy McFadden, Benjamin L. Darcie
    Overall
    (61)
    Performance
    (56)
    Story
    (58)

    New York Times bestselling author Monica Murphy concludes her sexy Billionaire Bachelors Club series with a fiery romance that refuses to be left at the office. Bryn James can’t take much more. Smart, sexy Matthew DeLuca is everything she wants in a man, but he’s also her boss — the youngest, hottest vineyard owner in the Napa Valley — and he doesn’t see her as anything more than his shy assistant. That’s all about to change.

    Cheryl H says: "Not worth the price of a full credit"
    "Not worth the price of a full credit"
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    I had a hard time finishing this book. The author wrote the book in first person narration jumping from Matt to Bryn's point of view frequently. The voices of the two narrators became irritating after about 20 minutes. The main heroine was a total idiot who supposedly looked like Angelina Jolie, but had the self confidence and street smarts of a twelve year old, but her love struck boss wanted her to partner with him in running the vineyard?? If you get this book for $4.95 or less, it's okay, but definitely not worth the price of a full credit.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Any Duchess Will Do: Spindle Cove, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Tessa Dare
    • Narrated By Eva Kaminsky
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (88)
    Performance
    (82)
    Story
    (83)

    Griffin York, the Duke of Halford, has no desire to wed this season - or any season - but his diabolical mother abducts him to "Spinster Cove" and insists he select a bride from the ladies in residence. Griff decides to teach her a lesson that will end the marriage debate forever. He chooses the serving girl. Overworked and struggling, Pauline Simms doesn't dream about dukes. All she wants is to hang up her barmaid apron and open a bookshop.

    Cam says: "Unlikely love match but cute story regardless"
    "A twist on Cinderella with steaminess & humor!"
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    I've read Tessa Dare before and really enjoyed her books. This one didn't disappoint. I loved the two characters who were really not suited to be together, but managed to fall in love anyway. Pauline is the spirited barmaid that Griff picks out in Spinster Cove when his mother, who is desperate for grandchildren, kidnaps him and demands that he select any young lady in the local bar to be his duchess. In a deliberate attempt to thwart her plan, Griff picks the least likely candidate, the barmaid. After he agrees to hire her for a week to prove that she is totally unsuitable, he takes her off to London for her duchess-to be-training. Pauline agrees to this as it will provide her with the money she needs to open a circulating library for young women and give her the means to get her and her mentally challenged sister away from the mistreatment they're receiving at home. Pauline tries her best to be a catastrophe in London, but manages to reach the Duke's heart anyway. The Duke's devious mother made me chuckle over and over again, especially when she calls together the entire servant staff to find out who wrote in the family Bible, or when she's knitting some unfortunate piece of attire. The narrator did a nice job, except that sometimes Pauline's accent tended to sound more Irish to me than Cockney. This book is definitely worth the credit and then some!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Orphan Train: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Christina Baker Kline
    • Narrated By Jessica Almasy, Suzanne Toren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4775)
    Performance
    (4263)
    Story
    (4269)

    Penobscot Indian Molly Ayer is close to "aging out" out of the foster care system. A community-service position helping an elderly woman clean out her home is the only thing keeping Molly out of juvie and worse.... As she helps Vivian sort through her possessions and memories, Molly learns that she and Vivian aren’t as different as they seem to be. A young Irish immigrant orphaned in New York City, Vivian was put on a train to the Midwest with hundreds of other children whose destinies would be determined by luck and chance.

    Kathi says: "Moving story of sharing and transformation."
    "Don't miss reading this book!"
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    This story had me captivated from the first spoken word. It was full of highs and lows and you live every minute of them with the two main characters who find each other by accident. Molly is a young girl in foster care who is almost old enough to age out of the foster care system and seems to be her own worst enemy. Vivian is an elderly wealthy lady who appears to be all alone in the world living in a large mansion in Maine. Molly commits a minor crime and is sentenced to do hours of community service which she fulfills by helping Vivian clean our her attic. Together they uncover the story of Vivian's life as they go through the boxes in her attic that contain items from each stage of her life. Vivian, a recent immigrant from Ireland just prior to the Great Depression, was orphaned at 8 or 9 and placed on the Orphan Train from NYC out to the Midwest. There the orphans were given to families who applied for a child, whether the home they were being placed in was safe, clean or not. Her story is compelling, having so many downturns that you can't understand how this plucky little girl could go on (that squirrel hunter guy and his family creeped me out from the first minute Ms. Kline described him).Once she winds up in a stable family where she is loved, the story doesn't end there.

    Meanwhile, Molly is facing her own issues and as she works for Vivian, her life starts to turn around. However, the foster mother she currently has resents her and the tension at home continues, even as she turns her grades around, cleans up her appearance and starts growing up.

    Don't miss this book! It would make a wonderful movie.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Waiting on You: Blue Heron, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Kristan Higgins
    • Narrated By Amy Rubinate
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (159)
    Performance
    (147)
    Story
    (147)

    Colleen O'Rourke is in love with love…just not when it comes to herself. Most nights, she can be found behind the bar at the Manningsport, New York, tavern she owns with her twin brother, doling out romantic advice to the lovelorn, mixing martinis, and staying more or less happily single. Ten years ago Lucas Campbell, her first love, broke her heart - an experience Colleen doesn't want to have again, thank you very much. Since then, she's been happy with a fling here and there, some elite-level flirting, and playing matchmaker to her friends. But a family emergency has brought Lucas back to town....

    Amazon Customer says: "Very funny and entertaining"
    "Least favorite in the series so far"
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    I normally love KH's books, reading or listening to them more than once, but I really didn't get into this book as much. I think it was because I wasn't invested in the heroine, Colleen, - I really didn't like her. She slept around too much, despite the fact that she keeps telling herself that she really didn't sleep with as many guys as everyone thought she did. This comes back to haunt her later on in the story. Lucas, the hero, wasn't any more likeable. He claimed to love Colleen, but then ran off and married the rich girl and stayed with her claiming to love her for four years for reasons I won't go into as they will spoil the story. All the flashbacks didn't complete the whole picture of what happened to these two until the middle of the story.

    On the other hand, some of the peripheral characters were funny and lovable, while others were just plain detestable. There are some really funny moments in this book and I wish it had pictures so I could see what the Chicken Princess' sneed (sp?) looked like. Kristen Higgins' books are always well written. The first two books are wonderful in this series, so if you haven't read them, treat yourself to those books and skip this one.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • One Dance with a Duke: The Stud Club Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Tessa Dare
    • Narrated By Leslie Bellair
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (574)
    Performance
    (507)
    Story
    (514)

    In One Dance with a Duke, the first novel in Tessa Dare's delightful new trilogy, secrets and scandals tempt the irresistible rogues of the Stud Club to gamble everything for love.

    Jone says: "Strong characters, clever dialogue"
    "Witty conversations, spunky heroine = Good!"
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    I've read a couple of other Tessa Dare books and I find her written dialogues and plots to be funny and witty. In this book, Amelia, the nurturer of an impoverished noble family, takes the Duke of Midnight to task over him fleecing several hundred pounds and a token from the "stud club" from her younger brother in a card game. When Amelia is talking to the duke, he has a panic attack, which he is prone to when he gets in a crowd, he finds out another member of the stud club is murdered. After spending several hours with Amelia he asks her to marry him so he will have a duchess who can help care for his young teenage ward and continue his lineage. Oh and he pays her twenty thousand pounds that will help her poor but noble family survive and it will get the younger brother out of gambling debt.

    Once they are married, Spencer is aching to have her put him first above her family and she becomes jealous of how he treats his horses, wanting all that love and attention directed toward her. The fifteen year old resentful niece doesn't help things either. As the relationship between the duke and Amelia develops, Spencer wants to know if she will ever love him more than her brother.

    This was a funny, delightful book and I loved that the hero was a closet romantic, but denies it to the hilt when Amelia figures that out. On the negative side, I thought the ending was a little weak. Ms. Dare could have made it a bigger part of the book, but it seemed like she rushed through it. Maybe to make way for the next Stud Club novel? I gave it four stars because the ending seemed so weak, otherwise I highly recommend it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • What the Duke Desires: The Duke's Men, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Sabrina Jeffries
    • Narrated By Corrie James
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (251)
    Performance
    (225)
    Story
    (223)

    Maximilian Cale, the Duke of Lyons, long ago buried his grief for his missing elder brother, Peter. When a mysterious note arrives from Tristan Bonnaud asserting that the Duke's brother is alive, it leads Max straight to the winsome Lisette Bonnaud, illegitimate daughter of a viscount and Tristan's sister.

    ~~ DARA ~~ says: "Romance, Mystery, and a Duke."
    "Different kind of book for Sabrina Jeffries"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Yes, but with a caveat that this book is slightly different than most of Ms Jeffries' other books. She did have a good authentic storyline with romance and her character development was, as always, well written.


    If you’ve listened to books by Sabrina Jeffries before, how does this one compare?

    It's not as good as some of her other stories, but overall a pretty good listen.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Without spoiling the ending, the scene where Max "persuades" George to do the right thing near the end of the novel.


    Any additional comments?

    The little look into the historical treatment of madmen and the French Secret Service was interesting..

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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