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LadyT

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  • Brook Street: Thief

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Ava March
    • Narrated By Charlie Belmont
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (179)
    Performance
    (166)
    Story
    (167)

    One night to determine once and for all if he truly preferred men. But the last thing Lord Benjamin Parker expected to find in a questionable gambling hall in Cheapside is a gorgeous young man who steals his heart. Cavin Fox has done it many times - select a prime mark, distract him with lust, and leave his pockets empty. Yet when Cavin slips away under the cover of darkness, the only part of Benjamin he leaves untouched is his pockets. With a taste of his fantasies fulfilled, Benjamin wants more than one night with Cavin. But convincing the elusive young man to give them a chance proves difficult.

    LadyT says: "Better than expected."
    "Better than expected."
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    If you could sum up Brook Street: Thief in three words, what would they be?

    Good historical bromance.


    What other book might you compare Brook Street: Thief to and why?

    While none come to mind, it's a historical romance that just happens to be between two men.


    What does Charlie Belmont bring to the story that you wouldn???t experience if you just read the book?

    Believable accents and a good pace. Mr. Belmont's delivery of the story added to my enjoyment -- it just seemed to fit.


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

    Yes, the book was interesting enough to have me wishing I could sit and listen to it in one sitting. On the other hand, I'm glad I was not able to because then it would have been over that much faster and since I enjoyed it, I didn't mind it taking longer.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm female and am an avid reader of historical romances. This is my first featuring men. I listened out of curiosity to see if it could even halfway deliver a story as enjoyable as the typical romances I read and I'm pleased to note that it did. The characters actions, for the most part, were believable. Because the novel is relatively short, the romance seemed a bit rushed but that did not detract from the enjoyment of this good book. The characters were likeable and the book delivered exactly what I like in an historical romance novel -- the meeting with sparks, the romantic pursuit, steamy interactions, and a good ending. I read romance novels because I'm interested in the pursuit and ultimate finding of true love. Whether you're straight or gay if you read romance novels for the same reason, I think you'll find this story an enjoyable one and well worth the time to read. And let's not forget the reader, he does a great job as well.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Guardian of Darkness

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Kathryn Le Veque
    • Narrated By Brad Wills
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (41)
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    (40)
    Story
    (40)

    1200 A.D. - After decades of warring between the Lairds of Kerr and Prudhoe Castle in Northumbria, a tentative peace is reached. The Lady Carington Kerr is sent to Prudhoe as a hostage to ensure her father's good behavior, and a more reluctant hostage there never was. Small and dark, with emerald eyes and a luscious figure, she is as gorgeous as she is fiery. Enter Sir Creed de Reyne; a gentle giant of a man, he is, by nature, calm and wise. He is the ice to Carington's fire.

    Cam says: "Love, love, love this book!"
    "Medieval Romance with Intrigue"
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    What made the experience of listening to Guardian of Darkness the most enjoyable?

    Lady Kerr was immature, not happy at being handed over by her father as a hostage-for-peace, and determined to find a way back home. She acted out without thought and wound up making one dangerous mistake after another. Despite finding her beautiful, her guardian Sir Creed did not appreciate being saddled with her, nor her antics. He'd already had his problems with women and didn't need another, especially one that was in danger just by virtue of being a Scottish woman among the English. Sir Creed was often torn between doing what was right and what made sense, and finding ways to keep Lady Kerr safe. Not being perfect, this made for difficult decisions and not always the best outcomes.


    What other book might you compare Guardian of Darkness to and why?

    None that I've read. Most medieval romances I've read involved near-perfect heroes, who overcame all through sheer force or might. In this book, love and good sense turned out to be the conquering factor.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    After having traveled to her new temporary residence, Lady Kerr met two young boys that lacked manners and were free to do as they chose. Being immature herself, her reaction to them was unexpected, but priceless.


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

    Love happens where you least expect it.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • When Beauty Tamed the Beast

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Eloisa James
    • Narrated By Susan Duerden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (517)
    Performance
    (472)
    Story
    (471)

    Miss Linnet Berry Thrynne is a Beauty... Naturally, she's betrothed to a Beast. Piers Yelverton, Earl of Marchant, lives in a castle in Wales where, it is rumored, his bad temper flays everyone he crosses. And rumor also has it that a wound has left the earl immune to the charms of any woman. Linnet is not just any woman. She is more than merely lovely: her wit and charm brought a prince to his knees. She estimates the earl will fall madly in love - in just two weeks. She is more than merely lovely: her wit and charm brought a prince to his knees.

    Elizabeth says: "Witty banter, sexy story, good fun"
    "Shouldn't have liked it but I did..."
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    If you could sum up When Beauty Tamed the Beast in three words, what would they be?

    Difficult romance story


    What was one of the most memorable moments of When Beauty Tamed the Beast?

    A long drawn out conversation between the two romantic leads on the planned direction of their relationship. I didn't particularly like the conversation and the way it was going so I was mentally thinking about what I would do in similar circumstances. In short, my actions would have differed greatly...which admittedly means I might have missed out on a great romance.


    Have you listened to any of Susan Duerden???s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, I've not listed to her before but she did a great job with this book.


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

    When "the Beast" had to save "the Beauty". It was a turning point in his life and it was very touching.


    Any additional comments?

    I call this a difficult romance story because "the Beast" was a hard man to like, in the beginning. After awhile, as "the Beauty" peeled away the layers of his personality and you got a glimpse of the man he could be, he was more likeable. But that took a good bit of peeling. The book does have very romantic and sexy scenes that more than make up for the darker part so all in all, I would recommend it. In fact, I have never listened to an Eloisa James book that I don't like. She has a way of getting you so wrapped up into the lives and the romance of the characters that you feel a let down when the book is over; and just for that reason, the book is over. So, I'm now looking for another... :)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Hole

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Aaron Ross Powell
    • Narrated By Mark Boyett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (26)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (26)

    The world, as Elliot Bishop and Evajean Rhodes know it, is gone. Destroyed. In just two weeks, a horrific plague raged across the planet - driving its victims insane before killing them.The two survivors set out on an unimaginable journey, driven by a cryptic message from Evajean's husband: If anything terrible happens, you must get to Salt Lake City. But the pair soon discover they are not alone, and that the plague has done more than kill.

    David says: "Fascinating reinterpretation of religious history"
    "Not what I expected but interesting"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    The time listening was well-spent. Simply because the story was interesting. Although the story was a little on the slow side there was a lot going on and it definitely had a sense of mystery. You didn't know exactly what would happen and when you thought you did, the unexpected happened. The wrap-up at the end of the book took me by surprise because the explanation about the whole mystery wasn't at all expected, but at least the conclusion made sense.


    Would you recommend The Hole to your friends? Why or why not?

    No I would not recommend it. While the story was interesting, it did not have me at the edge of my seat. I continued to listen once I started because I did want to know how it ended. The conclusion might not be agreeable with some; hence the reason I would not recommend it.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Although a little rushed, the ending scene was my favorite because of what it represented. (Being cryptic here so as not to inadvertently give spoilers.)


    Do you think The Hole needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    There is room for a follow-up and the ending would allow that. For those people who really enjoyed the story, I'm sure they'd want a follow-up book. More answers could be provided and as mentioned, the story was interesting so there is the potential for more material that could hold one's attention.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Kings of the Dead

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Tony Faville
    • Narrated By Marc Vietor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (127)
    Performance
    (110)
    Story
    (114)

    When the H1N1 "Swine Flu" virus mutates it begins to not only kill those who have received the vaccination, but also bring on the unthinkable: the dead reanimate. Cole Helman and his friends are not only survival experts, they've spent hours discussing and preparing for just this event and quickly head to the hills before the cities become clogged with looting and riots.

    Mike Naka says: "meh...only if you're desperate for a zombie fix"
    "A relatively quick and good zombie story"
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    If you could sum up Kings of the Dead in three words, what would they be?

    Action, danger and friendship


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Kings of the Dead?

    There were a number of memorable moments in this book but if I have to pick one, I'll say it's when two of the characters stumbled across and rescued a young girl.


    Which character ??? as performed by Marc Vietor ??? was your favorite?

    Cole was my favorite. Likely because most of the story is told through his eyes and I liked him.


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

    I wanted to listen to this book in one sitting because there was so much going on that I wanted to see what would happen next. There was danger at nearly every turn and sticky situations for the characters to dig themselves out of; all of which led to an interesting read and kept me on the edge of my seat. Likewise, most of the characters liked each other and were likeable. They developed strong, believable friendships that were constantly threatened by zombies, raiders and other dangers.


    Any additional comments?

    Overall this is a pretty good book. It is filled with triumphs, happy times, sad times and hope. If you're a crier, expect to shed a tear at least once.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Married with Zombies

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Jesse Petersen
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (574)
    Performance
    (496)
    Story
    (494)

    A heartwarming tale of terror in the middle of the zombie apocalypse. Meet Sarah and David. Once upon a time, they met and fell in love. But now they’re on the verge of divorce and going to couples’ counseling. On a routine trip to their counselor, they notice a few odd things: the lack of cars on the highway, the missing security guard, and the fact that their counselor, Dr. Kelly, is ripping out her previous client’s throat. Meet the zombies....

    decembergrit says: "Good read for zombie fans"
    "A pretty fun read"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Married with Zombies to be better than the print version?

    I have the print version but when I found it in audio, I never read it. For that reason, I cannot say.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked the interaction between the couple. They were having marital problems at the start of the zombie event and they continued to work through their problems throughout the story. I won't say whether the situation helped or hurt their marriage, but it made for some entertaining reading.

    I also appreciated the humor and the way they did things to mentally accept and find solutions for the situation they found themselves thrust into.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    My favorite scene(s) involved their air-head neighbor. I don't want to describe them because that's akin to giving spoilers to the story.


    If you could take any character from Married with Zombies out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    I would take the wife. She had so much going on, mentally, that she'd make for an interesting dinner partner.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hunter's Run

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin, Gardner Dozois, Daniel Abraham
    • Narrated By Marc Vietor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (241)
    Performance
    (94)
    Story
    (91)

    Like so many others, Ramón Espejo ran from the poverty and hopelessness of the Third World to the promise of a new world, joining a host of like-minded workers and dreamers aboard one of the great starships of the mysterious, repulsive Enye. But the life he found on the far-off planet of São Paulo was no better than the one he had abandoned.

    Richard says: "Different but good"
    "Decent read"
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    Would you try another book from the authors and/or Marc Vietor?

    I would buy another book by the authors based upon the strength of George R.R. Martin's Game of Thrones series of novels. They were excellent. This... was okay.


    If you???ve listened to books by the authors before, how does this one compare?

    This one lacked the excitement of the novels I had read by Martin. I haven't read books by the other two authors. The story was rather dry but it did have a few exciting moments. The cause is primarily because this was a story focused on character development. In that vein, it succeeded; however, I prefer more action.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    My favorite scene was actually the last scene -- because of the potential (promise) it offered.


    Do you think Hunter's Run needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Not for me, primarily because I prefer books that are action or emotion oriented (romance) and this was more of a character study. I can't see how a follow-up would interest me.


    Any additional comments?

    If you like stories that focus on character development, give the book a try. You'll likely enjoy it. If you're looking for a lot of action, look somewhere else.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hollowmen: The Hollows, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Amanda Hocking
    • Narrated By Eileen Stevens
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (120)
    Performance
    (112)
    Story
    (111)

    After six months in the quarantine, Remy finds out things are much worse than she feared. Her plans to escape come with a heavy cost, and she realizes that zombies aren't the worst of her problems. This is a young adult novel with language, violence, and sexual situations. Not recommended for readers under the age of 17.

    Joyce says: "As good as Hollowland"
    "Entertaining read but could have been better"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    After having read the first book - which I thoroughly enjoyed - I was looking forward to this book. Overall I enjoyed it but it was not as interesting as the first. I also didn't believe some of the decisions the characters made when faced with challenges. They made me feel that the originally strong character that had survived by her wits had turned into an airhead. But overall, a good read that held my interest until the end.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    The ending was realistic but not what I had hoped for, which leaves room for a sequel.


    What three words best describe Eileen Stevens???s performance?

    Believable, entertaining, good.


    Do you think Hollowmen needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Yes; to change the ending of the story and if it makes sense, to pick out and follow other characters once all loose ends are tied up with the originals.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Lord of the Fading Lands: Tairen Soul, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By C. L. Wilson
    • Narrated By Stephanie Riggio
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (248)
    Performance
    (195)
    Story
    (192)

    Once he had loved with such passion, his name was legend: Tarien Soul. Now, a thousand years later, a new threat calls him from the Fading Lands, back into the world that had cost him so dearly. Now, an ancient, familiar evil is regaining its strength, and a new voice beckons him - more compelling, more seductive, more maddening than any before.

    Sharon says: "How did I miss this one...."
    "Didn't really care for it..."
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    Would you try another book from C. L. Wilson and/or Stephanie Riggio?

    I'm not sure if I'd try another book by this author because this story seemed rather juvenile -- in that, it seemed as if it was geared for a young audience (late teens, early 20s). I didn't particularly care about the characters; the female protagonist lacked strength, and I just never really cared about the male. This story did not pull me in and make me care about the characters at all. While I won't seek out this author's work, if the author writes other genres, I might give those a try just to give it a chance; but not another romance.


    Would you ever listen to anything by C. L. Wilson again?

    Not sure if I'd listen to another C.L.Wilson book. I forced myself to listen to this one and while it wasn't horrible, it just wasn't for me.


    What does Stephanie Riggio bring to the story that you wouldn???t experience if you just read the book?

    I had no problems with the narrator; only the content she was reading.


    Was Lord of the Fading Lands worth the listening time?

    No.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ravishing in Red: The Rarest Blooms, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs)
    • By Madeline Hunter
    • Narrated By Polly Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (113)
    Performance
    (38)
    Story
    (37)

    Audrianna Kelmsleigh is unattached, independent-and armed. Her adversary is Lord Sebastian Sommerhays. What they have in common is Audrianna's father, who died in a scandalous conspiracy-a deserved death in Sebastian's eyes. Audrianna vows to clear her father's name, never expecting to fall in love with the man devoted to destroying it.

    LadyT says: "Entertaining enough"
    "Entertaining enough"
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    In the beginning, I had a hard time keeping my interest in the book. It started okay but something was missing. I continued to listen and then the story took off and I had a hard time putting down my iPod so I could do things I needed to. Once the story got going, it definitely kept my interest. The plot was interesting, the romance sweet, and there are enough subplots and twists to keep you on your toes. The two characters were actually quite refreshing. I enjoyed their interactions and the thoughtfulness of each. I also enjoyed that the female character had a backbone. In sum, I'd say this book is worth your credit.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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