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  • Lord of Scoundrels

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Loretta Chase
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1077)
    Performance
    (987)
    Story
    (985)

    Sebastian Ballister, the notorious Marquess of Dain, is big, bad, and dangerous to know. No respectable woman would have anything to do with the "Bane and Blight of the Ballisters", and he wants nothing to do with respectable women. He's determined to continue doing what he does best - sin and sin again - and all's going swimmingly…until the day a shop door opens and she walks in.

    Marcheta says: "Witty dialogue highlights battle between the sexes"
    "Caught me Off-guard, but LOVED This Book"
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    What made the experience of listening to Lord of Scoundrels the most enjoyable?

    The main character - when I first began to read this book - my thoughts were ugh! But then!! It just took off with a strong woman and strong man - each out dueling the other.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The conniving thoughts of the two main characters and Kate Reading is spot on with the narration.


    Which character – as performed by Kate Reading – was your favorite?

    Oh gosh! Again, both of the main characters...her ability to interplay the voices.


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

    YES!! Once I finally got into it...what's going to happen next? !


    Any additional comments?

    I wanted more of this book to learn the other characters so I HAD to buy the 2 predecessors to understand important characters referred to in this book.

    Only one character reminded me of Turnip...that was the voice for the brother, but of course one can only vary the voice so much. :)
    I just enjoyed this book...it took me away from reality, but it gives a dose as well.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Outlander

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (22263)
    Performance
    (16049)
    Story
    (15955)

    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....

    Sara says: "The Time Travel VS Romance Quandary"
    "Almost a 5 Star"
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    Where does Outlander rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I rank it very high and it would have been a 5 star except for some of the demented actions of the main villain. He could have been just as evil without some of the vile actions near the end of the book.


    What other book might you compare Outlander to and why?

    It rivals Pride and Prejudice for me even though the two books are so different.


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

    No


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

    H-m-m-mm...I liked so much of the book - to pinpoint a particular moment is hard. The Gathering chapter with the injured man - Dougal and Claire's interaction with him. Gruff men have more depth than we tend to realize. :)


    Any additional comments?

    I enjoyed the love story and the intrigue...perfect blend.

    I'm moving onto Book 2, BUT if it has some of the same demented unnecessary evil and vile actions - I don't know that I'll continue the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 'Twas the Night After Christmas

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Sabrina Jeffries
    • Narrated By Michael Page
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (140)
    Performance
    (125)
    Story
    (124)

    Pierce Waverly, the Earl of Devonmont, has led an unabashed rogue’s life, letting no woman near his heart. Inexplicably abandoned as a child to be raised by distant relatives, he never forgave his parents, refusing to read any of his mother’s letters after his father’s death. Then came a letter that shook his resolve. A Christmas visit to Montcliff might prove his last chance to discover the truth of his past, and come to terms with the stranger he calls "Mother". But two surprises await him at Montcliff....

    Carol says: "Nursing home narrator"
    "Overall a good book"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of 'Twas the Night After Christmas to be better than the print version?

    I never read the print version


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Camilla


    Which character – as performed by Michael Page – was your favorite?

    Camilla


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

    H-m-mmm...hard to say, but I'd have something to be similar to the Hellions series...too bad Hellion in Her Bed is already taken! :)


    Any additional comments?

    Many folks didn't care for the narrator, but I considered him to be like the main male character in Jane Eyre - he'd had family difficulties as a child and some childhood problems are difficult to overcome. And I liked the tie to the Hellions series - I re-visited How to Wed a Wild Lord. Pierce's role is consistent.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Anna Karenina

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Leo Tolstoy
    • Narrated By Nadia May
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (900)
    Performance
    (355)
    Story
    (359)

    Considered by some to be the world's greatest novel, Anna Karenina contains two plots: the tragedy of Madame Karenina, in love with a man who is not her husband; and the story of Konstantine Levin, a sensitive man whose personal philosophy is Tolstoy's reason for writing about him.

    D. Littman says: "A classic, classically read"
    "Poor Narrator - Couldn't Continue"
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    Would you try another book from Leo Tolstoy and/or Nadia May?

    Tolstoy yes, Nadia May-Never!


    How could the performance have been better?

    The tone was lack luster and poor accent.


    Any additional comments?

    I couldn't finish the book because of the narrator's voice - I was disappointed - I've heard good things about the story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lord of Darkness

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs)
    • By Elizabeth Hoyt
    • Narrated By Emma Taylor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (237)
    Performance
    (216)
    Story
    (215)

    Since the death of his first wife, Godric St. John has devoted his nights to protecting the innocent of London disguised as the notorious Ghost of St. Giles. When Lord Griffin Reading discovers Godric's secret double life he presents him with an offer he can't refuse, and Godric finds himself married to a young - and pregnant - stranger. Two years ago Lady Margaret "Megs" Reading lost both her lover and her unborn child - but not before being forced into a marriage of convenience with Godric St. John....

    J-9 says: "BRING BACK ASHFORD MCNAB - PLEASE!!!"
    "Initially scared by reviews...but I loved it."
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    What did you love best about Lord of Darkness?

    The overall story and the Ghost being a different character than the other men of the times.


    What did you like best about this story?

    There were a couple of scences which made me smile...no chuckle. :)


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

    No I haven't, but overall I enjoyed her performance even though there were a couple of characters' voices were too "stuffy" and drawn out...especially compared to the previous narrator's choices of intonation.


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

    When one character realizes looking back is not the optimum course in life.


    Any additional comments?

    Well worth the "read" - ok the listen! :)

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Split Second

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (3985)
    Performance
    (2117)
    Story
    (2113)

    Michelle Maxwell has just blown her future with the Secret Service. Against her instincts, she let a presidential candidate out of her sight to comfort a grieving widow. Then, behind closed doors, the politician whose safety was her responsibility vanished into thin air.

    John says: "Listen again"
    "Gripping Story - A little Slow Start"
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    Where does Split Second rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Split Second is a very good story and it ranks high with other stories I've listened to.


    What other book might you compare Split Second to and why?

    To some of the Pink Carnation series - just in the sense that I like intrigue and suspense with even the slightest hint of romance or a good bonding relationship.


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

    None, but I'll keep him in the loop of authors to scout.


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

    Some sad parts.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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