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I enjoy many types of books and am always looking for new authors to read and listen too. I enjoy reading the reviews and adding my own from time to time.

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  • My Kind of Christmas

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Robyn Carr
    • Narrated By Therese Plummer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (378)
    Performance
    (325)
    Story
    (328)

    RITA recipient Robyn Carr is the number one New York Times best-selling author of the wildly popular Virgin River books. The 20th in the series, My Kind of Christmas follows Patrick, the youngest Riordan brother, as he recovers from a tragic loss. After his best friend dies, Patrick tries to forget his sorrow in the arms of Jack Sheridan's beautiful niece, Angie. Now the couple just wants to be left alone this Christmas- but their families have other ideas.

    SIMARA says: "My kind of Christmas romance..."
    "Promise to dead friend almost ruins future love"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of My Kind of Christmas to be better than the print version?

    No idea


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Angie was my favorite because she had been through and overcome a horrible accident. She is a very strong character but does not recognize her own strength. Virgin River has many strong people living there and the Sheridan and Riordan familys are both large and full of life. She has to be strong just to survive her own family,


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

    She knows all the characters in this series as she has done most of the books and brings all of them to life so well. She has developed voices for all of them and you can recognize them by their inflection. Does men's and women's voices equally well.


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

    Yes, but started it late and had to finish it the next morning.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Return of the Rose

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Theresa Ragan
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (181)
    Performance
    (170)
    Story
    (173)

    Morgan Hayes grows up in the 20th century with a mysterious attraction to a hollow suit of armor that stands in the window of her mother’s antique store. She is 24 years old when she becomes entangled within the armor’s metal plates and is whisked back in time where she is mistaken for a twin sister she knows nothing about. Morgan is forced to marry King Henry’s favored knight, Derek Vanguard, Lord of Braddock Hall. Abandoned by his mother, Derek’s heart is as cold as the stone walls of his castle....

    CAROLYN says: "A FAIRYTALE STORY AND FUN"
    "Unexpected journey leads to true home"
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    This is the story of Derek Vanguard, Lord of Braddock Hall and Morgan (Morgana) Hayes. Morgan becomes entangled with a suit of armor in the antique store owned by her adopted mother. She has always loved this suit of armor and wondered who the knight was that had owned the suit originally. Little does she know that she is a woman out-of-time. She was born in Medieval England but sent to the future by a witch to save her life. She is transported back in time where she becomes entangled with the owner of said armor. She meets and falls in love with Derek who is that knight.

    Derek is a good man but his heart has been hardened because he thinks he was abandoned by his mother and failed as a child to ever gain the love of his father. He is the favored knight of King Henry and the king wants him to marry. He has chosen a bride for Derek and the bride is Amanda Forrester who is the twin sister that Morgan does not know she has. She remembers some history but there are many gaps which make it hard for her to adjust to some things. She doesn't even know how to wear her clothes correctly.

    She grows to care for Derek very quickly though she does not realize for some time that he is the knight who owned the armor. In the twentieth century she had learned that the owner of the armor had been ambushed on the way to recover his true love. She thinks she was sent back in time to save his life. She tries to tell him she is from the future but he does not believe her. There is a past fling for Derek that is not a good person and she of course causes problems. There are many things she does that he just accepts and does not question much. The bathing attire she and the ladies were on a outing really feels out of place here but it is short lived and passed off as a French fashion.

    It is a nice love story overall and I enjoyed it very much. I found it very entertaining. As for Katherine Kellergen's performance, I would like for her to have yelled a little less and slowed the pace down a little more when I first listened to it. I listened again however and think that the pacing and volume did pretty well fit the story. I do wish that her voice for Derek had been different. He did not come across as the strong character I would like to have heard from him. It was not bad but not what I really wanted to hear. I have other things she has done and they are good.

    This is a good book and worth a credit.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Fifth Knight

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By E. M. Powell
    • Narrated By James Langton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (9)

    To escape a lifetime of poverty, mercenary Sir Benedict Palmer agrees to one final, lucrative job: help King Henry II's knights seize the traitor Archbishop Thomas Becket at Canterbury Cathedral. But what begins as a clandestine arrest ends in cold blooded murder. And when Fitzurse, the knights' ringleader, kidnaps Theodosia, a beautiful young nun who witnessed the crime, Palmer can sit silently by no longer.

    Pat says: "Tale of historical murder and unexpected love"
    "Tale of historical murder and unexpected love"
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    This story gives us a different view of what might have taken place in Canterbury when Thomas Becket was murdered. Sir Benedict Palmer is a mercenary who is trying to raise himself out of the poverty he has always lived in. He goes on a mission that will indeed give him a great purse with which to give him the life he thinks he wants. The mission is with 4 other knights and concerns the arrest of Archbishop of Canterbury, Thomas Becket. King Henry has had a disagreement with him and many in England consider Becket a traitor because of it. The arrest turns into murder and is witnessed by Theodisia, a young nun. She is then kidnaped by the knights. As it turns out though there is much more to her than Palmer thinks and she was not accidentally taken. She is not just a nun. It quickly becomes apparent that once they get to the castle of one of the four knights she will most likely not survive. Palmer is her only hope.

    Her faith is all she has known since she was very young and she struggles with being out in the world as she had expected never to do so. She was to be the Anchoress of Canterbury. Palmer carries her on his horse for the journey to the castle and they begin to develop a relationship along the way. Since she never expected to be with a man as other women are she is unprepared for the feelings she is beginning to have. A real struggle rages inside of her. Their feelings for each other develop slowly but are handled very well. There are several twists and turns and of course some ups and downs. The Fifth Knight is not who you think it is. That really did surprise me but fit just perfectly into the storyline.

    James Langton did a really good job or narrating the book. His voices were a very good mixture and easy to identify the characters. The women's voices were well done also. I felt like he had a real feeling for the characters and was not just reading them like some do. I will look for more from him.

    The book is 11 1/2 hours but so worth your time. Don't hesitate to buy this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Prince of Midnight

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Laura Kinsale
    • Narrated By Nicholas Boulton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (370)
    Performance
    (340)
    Story
    (340)

    He was once a legendary highwayman. Now he's a recluse in a ruined French castle, with only a half-wild wolf for a companion. When Lady Leigh Strachan comes looking for a man to aid in her revenge, she's disillusioned to find that the famed Prince of Midnight couldn't help even if he cared to - which he doesn't. S. T. Maitland wants nothing to do with his legend, or with this fierce, beautiful, broken woman... until the old thrill of living on the cutting edge of danger begins to rise in his blood again.

    Robbie says: "Imagine My Joy!"
    "Highwayman saves the lady"
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    This is such a good book. It is very lengthy, 15.17 hours to be exact. Worth every second that you listen to it. Laura Kinsale does an excellent job of building her characters and their relationship to each other. A wolf plays a key role in this story as well. Our hero S. T. Maitland, better known as The Prince of Midnight when he was an aristocrat who also happened to be a highwayman, is complex and intelligent. The heroine Leigh, whom he calls Sunshine is a very deep character and sometimes hard to relate to for me. She is on a mission of revenge for actions that caused the loss of her family and in France to try and gain his help. What she does not know is that he has balance issues due to an ear problem that stopped him from being the highwayman.

    Of course he does go back to England with Leigh as she has awakened some of the old feelings he had as to his life on the edge style of living before, and because he already cares for her. He has been alone a long time except for the wolf that has been his companion. The object of Leigh's hate is a maniacal preacher type who has most of the village under his control and naturally S. T. and Leigh will fall into his clutches. These two really are the focus of this book. No secondary characters that appear all the way through the story. Their coming to terms with each other and their situation are the story. The wolf is the closest thing to a secondary character.

    S. T. has a real way with horses which shows up in the story too. Particularly at the end of the book. That scene will make you want to ride a horse with you loved one too. Break out the fans ladies. Sexy indeed. Speaking of that. Nicholas Boulton is one of the sexiest voices out there and he does an outstanding job here. He gives each man and woman's voice a distinction and the scene where he pretends to be drunk is truly great. Once you hear him you will be looking for anything he narrates. I would listen to a phone book read if he was doing the reading. Great, Great, Great voice.

    If you are looking for a fantastic listen. This is it. Just buy it.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie: Highland Pleasures, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Jennifer Ashley
    • Narrated By Angela Dawe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1473)
    Performance
    (1338)
    Story
    (1340)

    It was whispered all through London society that he was a murderer, that he'd spent his youth in an asylum and was not to be trusted - especially with a lady. Any woman caught in his presence was immediately ruined. Yet Beth found herself inexorably drawn to the Scottish lord whose hint of a brogue wrapped around her like silk and whose touch could draw her into a world of ecstasy.

    Lupdilup says: "FANTASTIC BOOK, NICELLY PERFORMED."
    "Sexy Scottish Lord Stops Widow From Big Mistake"
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    Lord Ian Mackenzie loves Ming bowls to the point of obsession. Their beauty kept him from going insane after being put in an asylum by his abusive father when he was a child. He is brilliant but appears to walk to a different drummer. He prevents beautiful young widow Beth Ackerly from marrying Sir Lyndon Mather who is only after her money. It takes little time for Ian to want Beth himself and when she breaks the engagement to Mather and goes to France he follows her. They come home to Scotland married. Ian's brother Hart, the Duke of Kilmorgan is not happy about the marriage and makes life a little uneasy for Beth at first. There is a power struggle which involves a former lover of Hart's that puts Beth in peril and Ian has several setbacks. A well rounded story with great love /sex scenes. Jennifer Ashley writes this type of novel very well. All the books in this series are good and book six will be out soon. Have really enjoyed the stories of the Mackenzie brothers. Well worth a credit. Have listened several times and will again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Swarm: Star Force, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By B. V. Larson
    • Narrated By Mark Boyett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3400)
    Performance
    (3113)
    Story
    (3118)

    Kyle Riggs is snatched by an alien spacecraft sometime after midnight. The ship is testing everyone it catches and murdering the weak. The good news is that Kyle keeps passing tests and staying alive. The bad news is the aliens who sent this ship are the nicest ones out there.

    Lamonica Johnson says: "If Micheal Bay Wrote a Sci-Fi Novel..."
    "Jumpstarts from chapter one and never stops"
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    I am a fan of Sci-Fi movies but in general do not read or listen to them but this one caught my attention so decided to give it a try. I was blown away by the whole thing. The story is so good and characters are well formed with lots of depth to them. The hero Kyle Riggs is a college professor of computer science that ends up saving the world. The save however does come with strings attached. Great sadness when he suffers loss of his children not once but twice. Mark Boyette does and absolutely wonderful job. Kyle sounds like a hero. He does not make him sound macho but like a normal guy caught up in extraordinary events which he must learn to deal with or die. The test the ship puts him through to see if he can be a commander are great. I felt every bit of his turmoil in dealing with what was being thrown at him. Other characters in the book are also very well done vocally by Mark as well as written by the author. I will definitely listen to this again and at some point will go on the the others in this Starforce series. Thank goodness they keep Mark Boyette for the whole series. I was truly impressed with this listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Driving Mr. Dead

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Molly Harper
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3501)
    Performance
    (3185)
    Story
    (3181)

    Miranda Puckett has failed at every job she’s ever had. Her mother just wants her to come home, join the family law firm, and settle down with Jason, the perfect lawyer boyfriend. But when Jason turns out to be a lying cheater, Miranda seizes on a job that gets her out of town: long-distance vampire transportation. Her first assignment is to drive vampire Collin Sutherland from Washington to sleepy Half Moon Hollow without incident—no small feat for a woman whom trouble seems to follow like a faithful hound dog!

    Ducky says: "Molly Harper can't write fast enough for me!!!!"
    "First day of job can be really tough and funny"
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    If you could sum up Driving Mr. Dead in three words, what would they be?

    Fun, fun, fun


    What did you like best about this story?

    The way things just seem to go wrong no matter how hard Miranda tries to do things right. It is a comedy of mistakes that have you laughing all the time. Molly Harper is just great with dialogue and you should be careful with food or drink when listening to one of her books. The most unexpected things come out of Miranda's mouth. She is a very funny character and the vampire Colin is so far behind current times and customs that he is just as funny in a different way. He makes as many mistakes as she does.


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

    She just knows how to put the emphasis where it should be on the lines she is reading. Her voices are very good and though some don't like her voice, I think she is very good and a perfect match for Molly Harper's style of writing.


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

    No idea


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Holly and Mistletoe

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Susan Mallery
    • Narrated By Eliza Foss
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (126)
    Performance
    (68)
    Story
    (70)

    Holly Garrett was in trouble. The stranger who'd saved her from a storm was not asking for her help. And he was inviting her to live with him. She could cook for him, and bathe him, but nothing had prepared he for the glances he threw her way.

    Nancy says: "Questionable classification"
    "Fireman's rescue of cat brings unexpected ending"
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    Would you listen to Holly and Mistletoe again? Why?

    Yes because it was very enjoyable to listen to and a fun, light romance. Not an overpoweringly sexy story but well done.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Mistletoe, the cat was a big part of the story and her reaction to her rescuer made life very difficult for him since she ended up living in his home. She seemed to like the rest of his family just fine but had problems with him. Made his romantic feelings for Holly more difficult since she managed to be where she was in the way a lot.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I think the scene where his family went around singing (off key) Christmas Carols. It was a funny scene.


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

    I laughed a lot while listening to this story. It was very lighthearted and just plain fun.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wyoming Fierce

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Diana Palmer
    • Narrated By Phil Gigante
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (165)
    Performance
    (153)
    Story
    (149)

    Ranch owner Cane Kirk lost more than his arm in the war. He lost his way, battling his inner demons by challenging any cowboy unfortunate enough to get in his way. No one seems to be able to cool him down, except beautiful Bodie Mays. Bodie doesn’t mind saving Cane from himself, even if he is a little too tempting for her own peace of mind. But soon Bodie’s the one who finds herself in need of rescuing - only, she’s afraid to tell Cane what’s really going on. How can she trust someone as unpredictable as this fierce cowboy? When her silence only ends up getting her into even deeper hot water, it’s up to Cane to save the day.

    Maria says: "What a Treat"
    "Tormented hero finds love despite angry attitude"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Wyoming Fierce to be better than the print version?

    Have not read the book so I can not compare. Long book so easier than holding in hand for many hours.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked the interaction of all the characters in this book. Explosive many times between Cane and Bodie's characters though there was tenderness of course. Lots and lots of misunderstanding. Cane is so hard headed and angry most of the time that he causes a lot of pain to those who care about him. Bodie really deserves better from him but in the end of course it does work out.


    Which character – as performed by Phil Gigante – was your favorite?

    I would say Cane as he does his anger and confusion so well. I also enjoy the performance of his brothers.


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

    More than one actually and would be hard to pick which one made the most impression on me. What happens when she does the only thing she thinks she can to save her home from her stepfather (real creep) is intense and moving. Cane of course manages to make a mess of this as well as other times he misreads what is going on around him. Stubborn, stubborn man.


    Any additional comments?

    Read or listen to the book. It is good and worth the time or credit.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Courageous

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Diana Palmer
    • Narrated By Phil Gigante
    Overall
    (58)
    Performance
    (57)
    Story
    (56)

    The life of a paid mercenary makes sense to Special Forces Officer Winslow Grange. The jungles of South America may make his former job as a ranch manager for his friend Jay Pendleton look like a cakewalk, but it’s nothing that the former Green Beret can’t handle. A woman’s heart, however - that’s dangerous territory. Back in Texas, Grange’s biggest problem was avoiding Peg Larson and all the complications being attracted to the daughter of his foreman would entail.

    rebecca says: "Feel good"
    "Rancher loses heart to foreman's daughter"
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    Where does Courageous rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It ranks very highly. Diana Palmer writes a really good book and they lend themselves to Audio very well.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Winslow Grange because he is such a capable man. Liked him from Heartless where I first met his character. Between his good looks and strong character he is a hard man to resist.


    What about Phil Gigante’s performance did you like?

    His voices for his characters other than Peg of course were all good. Makes Winslow a very sensual and strong man to listen to. You can feel the strength in his voice that his character is supposed to have. The other women in the book were better than Peg but wish the women were better. I enjoy his reading these types of characters. He is the narrator for most of the Long Tall Texan series and I enjoy listening to him.


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

    When he reunites with Peg at the village where he has no idea she is since she is not even supposed to be in the country.


    Any additional comments?

    This is just a very well written book with interesting characters and an interesting storyline that is at least one that you can believe could happen. I enjoy this series of books and am glad they are available on audio.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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