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Rebecca

Sylvan Lake, AB, Canada | Member Since 2012

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  • Anything He Wants

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Sara Fawkes
    • Narrated By Clarissa Knightly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (318)
    Performance
    (302)
    Story
    (304)

    Lucy Delacourt's temp position isn't quite her dream job but it pays the bills. The highlight of her day is riding the elevator in the mornings with a handsome stranger. Tall, dark, and sexy as hell, Lucy knows he's way out of her league, but a girl can look, right? Everything changes the day the stranger seduces her. Completely out of character, she yields without a fight, but she has no idea her wanton acts with a man whose name she doesn't know will change her life forever. Because the sexy stranger is none other than Jeremiah Hamilton, billionaire CEO of Hamilton Industries, and one taste isn't nearly enough to satisfy his need.

    Rebecca says: "A lot of room for improvement"
    "A lot of room for improvement"
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    Would you try another book from Sarah Fawkes and/or Clarissa Knightly?

    I have mixed feeling about this book. There were parts I loved but the majority of it really grated on my nerves. I'd be lying if I said I wasn't tempted to buy the sequel however the thought of being subjected to another 8 hrs of poor writing is too much to bear. I felt like I was listening to 50 Shades of Grey and no, that's not a compliment. Along with a completely foolish and ridiculous "story line" (if you can even call it that) Sarah Fawkes' ability to repeat herself incessantly is impressive. Between E.L. and this author I never, EVER want to hear the word murmur again. In fact, I think it should be banned from erotica novels. There is no way two people can murmur that often. I'm also getting tired of the typical, plain, inexperienced, naive heroine whose life is on hold until a rich and powerful man comes along. But not to save her. Inevitably his lifestyle manages to put her in danger. How original...no one's ever done that one before. Fan fiction much?

    As for the narrator, Clarissa Knightly, I agree with some of the other reviews stating she sounded a bit old for the part. However I think she still did a bang up job. Her characters were easily identifiable and she put a lot of emotion into it.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Sarah Fawkes again?

    Not unless I was desperate.


    What three words best describe Clarissa Knightly’s performance?

    Exciting, convincing and satisfying. She made a bad book tolerable.


    What character would you cut from Anything He Wants?

    None of them. If anything there were too few characters.


    Any additional comments?

    If you're sick of reading the same story over and over again from authors lacking talent and originality you've got to check out the "Original Sinners Series" by Tiffany Reisz. The heroin, Nora Sutherlin, will rock your socks! Powerful, unique and extremely well written. Every book has a different narrator which might not suit everyone's tastes. The first two narrators are great, the last one drove me nuts. Still...the book was worth it.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Call the Midwife: A Memoir of Birth, Joy, and Hard Times

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Jennifer Worth
    • Narrated By Nicola Barber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (538)
    Performance
    (482)
    Story
    (488)

    At the age of 22, Jennifer Worth left her comfortable home to move into a convent and become a midwife in postwar London’s East End slums. The colorful characters she met while delivering babies all over London - from the plucky, warm-hearted nuns with whom she lived to the woman with 24 children who couldn't speak English to the prostitutes and dockers of the city’s seedier side - illuminate a fascinating time in history.

    Kathy says: "This is one I didn't want to put down!"
    "A blast from the past"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Call the Midwife to be better than the print version?

    Having never read the print version I can't say.


    Any additional comments?

    I would absolutely recommend buying this audiobook. It's charming, well written and will give you an appreciation for modern medicine. I found it quite interesting.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Water for Elephants

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Sara Gruen
    • Narrated By David LeDoux, John Randolph Jones
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12695)
    Performance
    (5157)
    Story
    (5219)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Some books are meant to be read; others are meant to be heard – Water for Elephants falls into the second group, and is one of the best examples we have of how a powerful performance enhances a great story. Nonagenarian Jacob Jankowski reflects back on his wild and wondrous days with a circus. It's the Depression Era and Jacob, finding himself parentless and penniless, joins the Benzini Brothers Most Spectacular Show on Earth.

    Kindle Customer says: "Great Narration!!"
    "Very well rounded must have novel"
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    Where does Water for Elephants rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Water for Elephants is definitely in my top 5.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I can't possibly choose, they're all so compelling.


    Have you listened to any of David LeDoux and John Randolph Jones ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I haven't but am looking for novels specifically narrated by them because they were absolutely exceptional.


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

    That would be impossible to divulge without spoiling it for anyone who hasn't read the book yet. There are so many moments throughout the story that are enlightening and heartfelt.


    Any additional comments?

    Water for Elephants is a novel everyone should read. It's an insightful, beautifully written story that will leave you completely satisfied. I wouldn't be surprised if I took the time to listen to it again which is something I've only done once before.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Hunger Like No Other: Immortals After Dark, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Kresley Cole
    • Narrated By Robert Petkoff
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1927)
    Performance
    (1781)
    Story
    (1780)

    After enduring years of torture from the vampire horde, Lachlain MacRieve, leader of the Lykae Clan, is enraged to find the predestined mate he's waited millennia for is a vampire. Sheltered Emmaline Troy finally sets out to uncover the truth about her deceased parents - until a powerful Lykae claims her as his mate and forces her back to his ancestral Scottish castle. But when an ancient evil from her past resurfaces, will their desire deepen into a love that can bring a proud warrior to his knees and turn a gentle beauty into the fighter she was born to be?

    Teresa says: "My new favorite narrator!"
    "I feel like a teenager!"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    This is the first vampire/warewolf novel I've ever read so I really didn't know what to expect. It starts off fast and then fills you in on some of the character's history later on. This kind of confused me. Also, the lingo was a bit juvenile. I felt it took away from the quality of writing. Other parts of the book were so well written so I know the author is capable, I just wish it would have been consistent throughout.


    What was most disappointing about Kresley Cole’s story?

    I wouldn't say this story was disappointing, I'm simply used to a different style of writing from what I'm used to.


    Which character – as performed by Robert Petkoff – was your favorite?

    Robert was a pleasant surprise. He's a pretty great narrator. I'd say he played every part very well.


    What would have made this romance irresistible?

    I think if the author had turned it up a notch and refrained from teenage speak this novel could have been great. However it seems she has an amazing following and tons of fans so maybe she doesn't need to change a thing :)


    Any additional comments?

    Overall this novel was exciting and entertaining. Even thought there were a few parts that had be rolling my eyes and I likely won't buy the next book in the series I can't say I didn't enjoy myself. It certainly wasn't a waste of money. I'd recommend this book to anyone looking for a sweet escape and a few laughs.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Extreme Exposure: I-Team Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Pamela Clare
    • Narrated By Kaleo Griffith
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (392)
    Performance
    (360)
    Story
    (358)

    Sparks fly when a hardboiled reporter meets a handsome senator. But a political scandal - and attempts on her life - could drive them apart. Or maybe adversity could draw them into a bond even more intense than their steamy sexual embraces.

    EMC says: "Great audio of the first book in a fabulous series"
    "A must read!"
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    Would you listen to Extreme Exposure again? Why?

    Maybe once I get through the rest of the series. I'm too excited to find out what happens next.


    What other book might you compare Extreme Exposure to and why?

    I feel it's difficult to compare Pamela Clare's writing style to any else's. I love her books because there's elements of mystery, action and suspense alongside the romance. There's not a lot of fluff and I like that.


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

    Kaleo Griffith is always wonderful.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • On Dublin Street

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Samantha Young
    • Narrated By Paula Costello
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1219)
    Performance
    (1149)
    Story
    (1146)

    Jocelyn Butler has been hiding from her past for years. But all her secrets are about to be laid bare.... Four years ago, Jocelyn left her tragic past behind in the States and started over in Scotland, burying her grief, ignoring her demons, and forging ahead without attachments. Her solitary life is working well - until she moves into a new apartment on Dublin Street where she meets a man who shakes her carefully guarded world to its core.

    Leesa says: "Swept me away!!!"
    "A pleasant surprise"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Without a doubt. I didn't know what to expect from this book but once I started I couldn't stop listening.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It was so refreshing. I felt like I was really listening to something original.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I'd say the scene where a certain someone gets caught streaking through the house, lol.


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

    The book was full of emotion but I didn't have an extreme reaction.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Entwined With You: Crossfire Series, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Sylvia Day
    • Narrated By Jill Redfield
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1937)
    Performance
    (1797)
    Story
    (1806)

    The worldwide phenomenon continues as Eva and Gideon face the demons of their pasts and accept the consequences of their obsessive desires.... From the moment I first met Gideon Cross, I recognized something in him that I needed. Something I couldn’t resist. I also saw the dangerous and damaged soul inside - so much like my own. I was drawn to it. I needed him as surely as I needed my heart to beat. No one knows how much he risked for me. How much I’d been threatened, or just how dark and desperate the shadow of our pasts would become.

    AudioAddict says: "I would title it "Bored with You""
    "Lackluster"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I wouldn't go so far as to say this book was a waste of my time. I'm not entirely sure if Sylvia Day rushed to release this novel but it wasn't as compelling as the first two in the series. I guess it was just a little too far fetched and thick on the drama. The parts that should have been elaborated on were left in the shadows. Still a good story though.


    Would you recommend Entwined With You to your friends? Why or why not?

    Absolutely, I still consider Sylvia a great writer and it's worth the read.


    Did Jill Redfield do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Although Jill Redfield isn't my favorite narrator she's still in my top 10. I've heard a lot worse.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Hard Evidence: I-Team Series, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Pamela Clare
    • Narrated By Kaleo Griffith
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (277)
    Performance
    (257)
    Story
    (258)

    After the murder of a teenage girl, a mysterious man in a black leather jacket was seen lurking near the crime scene. Investigative reporter Tessa Novak has him in her sights as the culprit. That man was Julian Darcangelo, an undercover FBI agent working with the Denver police. He's closing in on the trail of a human trafficker and killer. Tessa's accusations could blow his cover, and he wants her off the investigation. But just as Tessa has made Julian a target of interest, she is now a target of the killer.

    Katheryne says: "Great Romantic Suspense"
    "White knuckled reading"
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    Where does Hard Evidence rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Hard Evidence ranks fairly high in my opinion. Pamela Clare is a clever writer and I was thoroughly entertained from start to finish.


    What other book might you compare Hard Evidence to and why?

    Pamela Clare is pretty unique because she combines romance with action and suspense. It's like a cross between Lee Child and Sylvia Day.


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

    Absolutely, I can't get enough of his voice. Normally I'd get creeped out during the sex scenes but this guy is good. Not to mention I was pleasantly surprised when I Googled his picture, hunkyness!


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

    I was fortunate enough to have an entire day to listen to this book at work. If anything it was over too soon.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Down London Road

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Samantha Young
    • Narrated By Elle Newlands
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (557)
    Performance
    (512)
    Story
    (511)

    Johanna Walker is used to taking charge. But she’s about to meet someone who will make her lose control....

    It has always been up to Johanna to care for her family, particularly her younger brother, Cole. With an absent father and a useless mother, she’s been making decisions based on what’s best for Cole for as long as she can remember. She even determines what men to date by how much they can provide for her brother and her, not on whatever sparks may - or may not - fly. But with Cameron MacCabe, the attraction is undeniable....

    SIMARA says: "Magnificent!"
    "Steamy Entertainment"
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    What did you love best about Down London Road?

    I could definitely relate to Johanna in this novel. Although there were a few far fetched scenes for the most part it was very heartfelt and genuine. The chemistry between Johanna and Cameron is impressive. Samantha Young's sense of humour is right up my alley.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Hands down, Johanna. Definitely a honey badger.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When Cameron gave Johanna a paint brush.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Knowing Your Value

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Mika Brzezinski
    • Narrated By Coleen Marlo
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (73)
    Performance
    (56)
    Story
    (57)

    It's no secret that women have long been overlooked and under-compensated, and while great strides have been made in recent decades, the value placed on women versus their male counterparts is still consistently unbalanced. In Knowing Your Value, bestselling author Mika Brzezinski takes an in-depth look at how women today achieve their deserved recognition and financial worth.

    M.N. says: "Gives what it says it will"
    "Nice Quick Read"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Knowing Your Value to be better than the print version?

    I definitely would. I work on a computer all day so at night I like to just relax and listen to a good book without straining my eyes.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I really appreciated how Mika shared both her accomplishments and mistakes. It's great knowing I'm not the only one who's blundered through my career.


    What about Coleen Marlo’s performance did you like?

    I found her to be a great narrator who was easily understood.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Anna Karenina

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Leo Tolstoy
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    Overall
    (595)
    Performance
    (236)
    Story
    (240)

    This is the story of the unhappy family of Anna Karenina. The novel contains much concerning Tolstoy's spiritual crisis and his search for the meaning of life. But it is also chiefly about marriage, and the growth and death of love.

    Jean Feys says: "Even Better Aloud"
    "Beautifully written and unforgettable!"
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    What did you like about this audiobook?

    This book would most definitely be in my top ten. I know the lenth of it is intimidating to some but don't miss out.


    How has the book increased your interest in the subject matter?

    I think it's a mixture between Tess of the D'Ubervilles and the Outlander series. Maybe I'm crazy for thinking that but it's much more exciting than Tess and gripping like Outlander. I couldn't stop listening. Tolstoy is such a beautiful writer, I found myself making notes the entire time. He educates his readers while telling a very interesting story.


    Does the author present information in a way that is interesting and insightful, and if so, how does he achieve this?

    I'm in love with Davina Porter's voice so it's fair to say I'm biased when it comes to her skills as a narrator. This book is so much more because of her.


    What did you find wrong about the narrator's performance?

    I can't say without spoiling the read for you. However when you get to the part you will most certainly know.


    Do you have any additional comments?

    I wish audiobooks had been so readily available while I was in highschool. A talented narrator can turn a drab book into something you can tear yourself away from.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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