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Roberta

MISSOULA, MT, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • Hawken's Heart

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Suzanne Brockmann
    • Narrated By Gabra Zackman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (187)
    Performance
    (115)
    Story
    (115)

    Navy SEAL Crash Hawken awakens in a Washington, D.C., hospital to learn that he is the prime suspect in the assassination attempt on a commanding officer. Charged with treason, conspiracy and murder, he is alone - except for Nell Burns. Nell and Crash have a history - as friends, as lovers. And she knows he could not have committed these crimes. Soon they are on the run, determined to uncover what really happened the night of the attempted assassination. But first they have to survive another day.

    Laurie says: "good story but painful narration"
    "Great Story - disappointing narration."
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    Performance
    Story
    What made the experience of listening to Hawken's Heart the most enjoyable?

    I love this series and this story is so far one of the best.


    What didn’t you like about Gabra Zackman’s performance?

    The random upward inflection at the end of most of the sentences was so hard to listen to. I got through it by restating the sentences in my mind.


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

    As in all of the stories in this series, I always choke up when the SEALS do their big rescue scenes.


    Any additional comments?

    Despite the narration, I would definitely recommend this to anyone who enjoys this series by Suzanne Brockmann

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Stealing the Preacher

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Karen Witemeyer
    • Narrated By Cynthia Darlow
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (100)
    Performance
    (83)
    Story
    (83)

    On his way to interview for a position at a church in the Piney Woods of Texas, Crockett Archer can't believe it when he's forced off the train by an outlaw and presented to the man's daughter as the preacher she requested for her birthday. He's determined to escape - which would be much easier if he could stop thinking about Joanna Robbins and her unexpected request. For months, Joanna had prayed for a minister. A man to breathe life back into the abandoned church at the heart of her community. A man to assist her in fulfilling a promise to her dying mother. But just when it seems her prayers have been answered, it turns out the parson is there against his will....

    Roberta says: "Best yet!"
    "Best yet!"
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    Performance
    Story
    What made the experience of listening to Stealing the Preacher the most enjoyable?

    This follow up to Short Straw Bride captured Crockett Archer's personality perfectly. There wasn't conflict and misunderstanding between the main characters (Joanna and Crockett) throughout most of the story as in many romances. When issues came up they were dealt with fairly quickly and both characters were appropriately open about their feelings. So much more realistic than waiting until the end of the story for their feelings to be known to each other.
    The challenge of Joanna's father's struggle with faith was realistic and not too preachy.

    I love all of Karen Witemeyer's story to date. After listening to each one I've purchased the print copies for my personal library.


    What didn’t you like about Cynthia Darlow’s performance?

    The reader's voice was too old for the characters and didn't capture the nuances of their characters. There wasn't enough delineation between the voices to distinguish the characters and the voices were inconsistent - each character did not sound the same each time.

    Most of the men sounded like cheesy characters in an old western and the women's voices weren't as soft as I'd expected.


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

    When Crockett almost immediately pegged Holly's character and consistently rebuffed her advances. In many books the male leads don't recognize the scheming behind the nature of some of the women which leads to distracting conflict with the main female lead, which generally doesn't add much to the story.


    Any additional comments?

    Although I didn't enjoy this particular narration I would recommend all of Karen Witemyer's books! They have a great message without being overly preachy or sanctimonious.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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