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Cindie

Woodstock, Ga, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • Running Wild: The Men from Battle Ridge

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Linda Howard, Linda Jones
    • Narrated By Maggie Wheeler
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (228)
    Performance
    (202)
    Story
    (200)

    Carlin Reed lives in fear, off the grid, moving from place to place. So Battle Ridge, Wyoming, a small town in the middle of nowhere, seems like a good place to lie low for a while. But after becoming cook and housekeeper to cattle rancher Zeke Decker, Carlin suspects that she’s made her first mistake. Rugged, sexy, and too distracting for his own good, Zeke is pure temptation mixed with something deep and primal that makes Carlin feel almost safe. Soon things are getting way too hot in the kitchen.

    Molly says: "ON the RUN~ 5 STAR all the way HOWARD /Jones Gem~~"
    "Howard and Jones are fantastic together!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Maggie Wheeler does a wonderful job at narrating this romantic suspense. I really felt for Carly and could feel here fear and understand her consuming need to run and stay off the grid. The strength of her character and the sizzle with Zeke set the romance portion on fire. This book had all the ingredients to keep you engaged!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Running Wild?

    I was struck the most, when Carly shows Zeke the depth of her fear and the reality of her situation. The description of her terror was so vivid that I could see it, clear as day, and wanted to help her myself.


    What does Maggie Wheeler bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Maggie has a way of using her accents and subtle changes in inflection to distinguish the voices and bring out there personalities. I love that in a narrator. It had power where it needed power, gentleness where it was needed and tenderness where it was important. Maggie spoke in a way that I could feel Carly's inner strength come through in her sarcastic voice and had me laughing like she was an old friend. I feel she was perfect to narrate this story!!


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    When it is time to stop running and stand up and fight.....


    Any additional comments?

    I have always loved Linda Howard. I have enjoyed watching how her style has changed and developed, but this newest story with Linda Jones has been my favorite. I got my romance with a good dose of sizzle and enough suspense to make it interesting. I love a good twist to keep me guessing how a resolution comes about and these two were great at throwing those in the mix. This format even included some recipes that I can't wait to try. I love it when an author provides that to allow me to interact.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Once in a Lifetime

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Jill Shalvis
    • Narrated By Annie Green
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (67)
    Performance
    (58)
    Story
    (58)

    After a wrenching loss, Ben McDaniel tried to escape his grief by working in dangerous, war-torn places like Africa and the Middle East. Now he's back in his hometown and face-to-face with Aubrey Wellington, the hot-as-hell woman who is trouble with a capital T. Family and friends insist she's not the one to ease his pain, but Aubrey sparks an intense desire that gives Ben hope for the future.

    Cindie says: "BEST OF THE LUCKY HARBOR SERIES SO FAR!"
    "BEST OF THE LUCKY HARBOR SERIES SO FAR!"
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    Would you listen to Once in a Lifetime again? Why?

    YES! Annie Green did a fantastic job narrating this wonderful story.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Once in a Lifetime?

    I don't know if I can pick just one memorable moment. This was a story of a woman trying to make amends for things she had done when she was younger and a man coming to terms with his lot in life, so there were several. I think though. If I have to pick one, it was when Kendra, a 5 year old girl spoke to Ben for the first time. She was abandoned by her father and her mother and grandmother had both died. She was living in a foster home when Ben met her and her twin sister, Pink. Ben had gotten her father back in the picture, and when Kendra fears Ben is going to leave, she talks to him. It was simple, sweet, and a tear jerker.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I think my favorite is when Ben finds out about Aubrey's list of people she wants to make amends to. Ben is on the list and Aubrey does not want him to see it or know about it. Ben holds it up and away from her and she grabs his shirt and twist his chest hair. It was funny and I found myself laughing out loud and rewinding to hear it again.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I think it was a concept that really moved me. Aubrey, and the town, feel that Aubrey is selfish and mean spirited person. But it seems to me that every thing she has done to the people on her list was due to some injustice she is angry about. I loved her. She is strong and funny, and has sharp wit. The best thing about her is her capacity to care hidden behind her bitch attitude. She is great.


    Any additional comments?

    I love a romance with humor. Jill Shalvis always gives a lot of that with her romance and I was so glad to hear Annie Green bring it life with spot on timing and how she took on the characters and made them real. She is a perfect fit for Jill Shalvis's writing style and I hope they pair up again with the next story in this fun and wonderful series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Close to You: A Laurel Heights Novel, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Kate Perry
    • Narrated By Xe Sands
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (45)
    Performance
    (43)
    Story
    (45)

    When Treat Byrnes walks into her bookstore cafe, Eve Alexander wants to eat him up. Bad boy isn't her usual flavor, but for the sexy contractor, she's willing to take a walk on the wild side. Treat meets Eve on a reconnaissance mission for his mother, who owns a neighboring teashop, but he keeps going back to Eve for her sweet smile and sassy shoes. He has a history of falling for the damsels-in-distress, but Eve doesn't need rescuing. Not even when her cafe is sabotaged.

    BluBumblB says: "Sweet Romance"
    "Sweet Romance"
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    What did you love best about Close to You?

    I loved the secondary romance in the book. An older woman, who is a widow and really lost in life, lost in fear of being alone and unable to support herself, finds a wonderful man of her age who pursues her dispite her objections. It is very sweet.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I have read all the Laurel Heights stories. When I saw it was in Audible, I was so excited to hear the narrators take on the characters. I love to listen while I work and this book didn't disappoint me.


    Have you listened to any of Xe Sands’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No I have not


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

    There wasn't a reason to cry. It is a fun chic lit that makes you feel good and giggle here and there.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Catch Me a Cowboy: Deep in the Heart of Texas, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Katie Lane
    • Narrated By Nicole Poole
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (22)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (19)

    Katie Lane flat-out knows what her listeners want: steamy romances, hot cowboys, and love that conquers all. Catch Me a Cowboy finds Shirlene Dalton in fine fettle. Married to the man of her dreams and living in the biggest mansion in Bramble, Texas, she couldn’t ask for anything more. But then her hubby passes on and she lands back in a run-down trailer right next door to the perfect antidote for heartache: ruggedly handsome cowboy Billy Wilkes.

    SIMARA says: "A fun and crazy kind of story..."
    "Nicole Poole is a perfect match for Katie Lane"
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    If you could sum up Catch Me a Cowboy in three words, what would they be?

    My New Favorite


    What did you like best about this story?

    I love the people in the book. They are crazy funny, caring, and just the kind of people you would want to know.


    What does Nicole Poole bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    She has an amazing way of giving all the characters personality. She makes it like listening to a movie on TV. She makes it come to life


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    I hate this question. It is always so hard to do this.... A modern Mayberry set in Texas?


    Any additional comments?

    Another 5 star for Katie Lane.

    Hilarity continues in the 3rd book about the Texas town of crazy and wonderful people. I feel in love with them all in book one of this series and I wish it really existed because the people are funny, caring and I know I said it already, but crazy.

    I would love to go to the diner and sit and talk with them all and watch the chaos swirl around.

    This book picks up with the story of a group of kids who have escaped from an abusive foster family, a rich hunky cowboy who is pretending to be just a big old good ole' boy using the trailer next door as a hunting lodge and a sexy widow down on her luck.

    It is a heart warming story that is just too funny.

    I am on my way out the door right now to get the next in the series.

    If you like audible books, make sure you get this series. I have books 1, 2, and 3. Nicole Pool is an amazing narrator with great voices really brings this wonderful town to life

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lover's Leap: An Eternity Springs Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Emily March
    • Narrated By Kathe Mazur
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (40)
    Performance
    (37)
    Story
    (38)

    Twenty years ago the town bad boy, Cam Murphy, left Eternity Springs in handcuffs, riding in the back of a sheriff’s van... and breaking young Sarah Reese’s heart. The defiant teenager vowed never to return. In Australia, Cam makes a new beginning. He builds a successful business and suffers few regrets until Sarah - and their daughter - walk into his life, and then immediately run away. Realizing it’s time to right yesterday’s wrongs, he follows Sarah home to Colorado - and turns her world upside down.

    Cindie says: "The Eternity Springs I was waiting for"
    "The Eternity Springs I was waiting for"
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    If you could sum up Lover's Leap in three words, what would they be?

    Finally, Sara's story! I loved to go through these stories and get to know the characters.
    Sara is such a strong woman and I couldn't wait to see her happy. She has so much on her plate, yet did such a great job raising her daughter. It would have been really hard to do in a small town.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Devon. The little Australian charmer. He has such strength and personality. I hope to see his character develop in future books.


    What about Kathe Mazur’s performance did you like?

    Kathe Mazur has been a favorite of mine for many years. I have read some unkind reviews of her work, but I think she has a gentle way that brings a lot to the people she portrays.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I listened to most of it while riding on the back of a motorcycle on a day trip with my husband. I was sorry when we arrived home and knew it would be a few days before I had a chance to finish the story. I tried to wait until our next ride, but couldn't wait.


    Any additional comments?

    I love Emily March, but her books under the author name, Geralyn Dawson, are REALLY my favorite. I wish those titles were available here as well. Hopefully that will happen in the future!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wild Man Creek: A Virgin River Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Robyn Carr
    • Narrated By Therese Plummer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (632)
    Performance
    (485)
    Story
    (485)

    New York Times and USA Today best-selling author Robyn Carr is renowned for her Virgin River series. When Colin Riordan is caught in a devastating helicopter crash, Virgin River seems like the ideal place to recover - both physically and emotionally. But when PR guru Jillian Matlock, who rents a Victorian home down the street, finds Colin trespassing, an instant connection blossoms between them - which leads to more than either expects.

    SIMARA says: "My new favorite book in the series!"
    "Another hit"
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    Would you listen to Wild Man Creek again? Why?

    Just a good story


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Wild Man Creek?

    I really connected to the main character when she was planting the garden. I cried right along with her


    Have you listened to any of Therese Plummer’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have listened to several Therese Plummer narrations and I really like the emotion she brings to the stories. I feel the joy, sadness or whatever right along with her.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Make Mine a Bad Boy

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Katie Lane
    • Narrated By Nicole Poole
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (56)
    Performance
    (48)
    Story
    (48)

    Hope Scroggs is finally ready to get hitched. After years of sowing her wild oats, the former head cheerleader and homecoming queen has returned to Bramble, Texas, to marry her high school flame. But her perfect wedding plans are stomped to smithereens when her adoring cowboy twosteps down the aisle with someone else. Colt lives for freedom and the open road; he never gets attached, never looks back. Still, he can't forget the night of passion he once shared with Bramble's sweetheart - a night he wouldn't mind repeating. But something unexpected is about to tie their fates together.

    SIMARA says: "Bad Cowboy..."
    "Kept me smiling the whole time"
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    If you could sum up Make Mine a Bad Boy in three words, what would they be?

    These characters were just a hoot! I loved the first book in this series and just kept smiling, but this was even funnier! The reader made it even better! I was really glad to see that it was the same reader from the first book and the voices were the same. She is great! I will get every Katie Lane book out there for sure!!!!


    Which character – as performed by Nicole Poole – was your favorite?

    Sherlene. She was caring, yet you never knew what she would do next. She really made me laugh.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    There is one part in the book when you see Colt and Hope as teenagers and get a real feel for their relationship and how long it has been in the making. I won't give it away, but I did have tears.


    Any additional comments?

    The town of Bramble is a mess. The people are crazy, but have enough love for each other, their town, the country and of course football to fill the heavens. I wish I could live there. They are just plain good people.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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