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Amelia

I'm a Navy vet, full-time student, swim teacher, dog lover, and wife. And I love books!

MESA, AZ, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • Angels Fall

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Joyce Bean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (319)
    Performance
    (225)
    Story
    (228)

    Enjoying the view from the mountain she has just climbed, Reece Gilmore sees a woman being attacked. But when authorities comb the area, they find nothing - no signs of struggle. No freshly turned earth. Not even a tire track. No one in town seems to believe Reece, except Brody, a gruff loner.

    Lia says: "Classic Nora Roberts"
    "Crazy PTSD, but great heroine!"
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    I really enjoyed this book. It was fun and entertaining, and I found myself still listening even after I got home! The heroine has severe anxiety, but she has a right to be, and is strong enough to push through it and stand by her convictions, plus her counterpart was pretty entertaining and relatable, not some unattainable fantasy. Narration was great too, and I was hooked on the whole story from beginning to end!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Shadow Spell: Book Two of The Cousins O'Dwyer Trilogy

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Alan Smyth
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (824)
    Performance
    (769)
    Story
    (762)

    With the legends and lore of Ireland running through his blood, falconer Connor O’Dwyer is proud to call County Mayo home. It’s where his sister, Branna, lives and works, where his cousin, Iona, has found true love, and where his childhood friends form a circle that can’t be broken. A circle that is about to be stretched out of shape - by a long-awaited kiss. Meara Quinn is Branna’s best friend, a sister in all but blood. Her and Connor’s paths cross almost daily, as Connor takes tourists on hawk walks and Meara guides them on horseback across the lush countryside.

    Margaret-Ann says: "Narration is terrible"
    "Enjoying the series, not so much the 2nd narrator"
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    Great, fun series! I've listened to the first multiple times, but I think I'll have to buy the e-book for this one if I want to get through it again. Alan Smyth does a decent job in some respects, but his voice for the American cousin, Iona, is atrocious! She sounds like a geeky American man, for one, and the R's are chewed entirely too much. I laughed every time I heard her. To top it off, the voice for Boyle was equally obnoxious. I couldn't tell him apart from his female Irish counterparts! So glad the story of Boyle and Iona has already happened. Praying they bring the first narrator back for the last book, or at least someone equally talented. This narrator? No thank you!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Before Jamaica Lane: On Dublin Street

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Samantha Young
    • Narrated By Lee Angel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (639)
    Performance
    (595)
    Story
    (597)

    The follow-up to the runaway bestsellers On Dublin Street and Down London Road. Despite her outgoing demeanor, Olivia is painfully insecure around the opposite sex - usually, she can't get up the nerve to approach guys she's interested in. But moving to Edinburgh has given her a new start, and, after she develops a crush on a sexy postgrad, she decides it's time to push past her fears and go after what she wants. Nate Sawyer is a gorgeous player who never commits, but to his close friends, he's as loyal as they come.

    Leesa says: "Keep getting better!!!"
    "LOVE THIS BOOK! Narration could've been better."
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    I LOVE THIS SERIES! I've listened to each book before this one more than once, and love the realness and rawness of the stories. AND they're HOT. I was a disappointed in the narration for this one because I felt that the accent was a way off, and could be distracting... But not distracting enough to not love this book! If you're super picky about narration, however, get the e-book instead.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Midnight Bayou

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By James Daniels, Sandra Burr
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1091)
    Performance
    (891)
    Story
    (893)

    Declan Fitzgerald had always been the family maverick, but even he couldn't understand his impulse to buy a dilapidated mansion on the outskirts of New Orleans. All he knew was that ever since he saw Manet Hall, he'd been enchanted - and obsessed - with it. So when the opportunity to buy the house comes up Declan jumps at the chance to live out a dream.

    Phyllis S. Mike says: "Not the Norm"
    "This narrator is great!"
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    I'm not usually into male narrators for romance, but James Daniels does an amazing job capturing the essence of New Orleans a and the Cajun dialect. The story was enjoyable too! Decent twists and turns (though the ending felt slightly anticlimactic). A good listen!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Dark Witch: The Cousins O'Dwyer Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1536)
    Performance
    (1400)
    Story
    (1396)

    With indifferent parents, Iona Sheehan grew up craving devotion and acceptance. From her maternal grandmother, she learned where to find both: a land of lush forests, dazzling lakes, and centuries-old legends. Ireland. County Mayo, to be exact. Where her ancestors’ blood and magic have flowed through generations - and where her destiny awaits.

    Ann says: "Over the top"
    "Loved everything about this book!"
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    Great plot, great narration, I was sucked in and am so bummed the other two installments of the trilogy aren't released yet! I'll be pre-ordering these ones for sure, and waiting with bated breath!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Connected: Connections Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Kim Karr
    • Narrated By Veronica Meunch, Christian Fox
    Overall
    (244)
    Performance
    (227)
    Story
    (225)

    What if a "Once in a Lifetime" could happen twice? Suffering from a past full of tragedy, Dahlia London's soul has been left completely shattered. Happily ever after is a far cry from reality in her world. But when she is reconnected with her past, the bonds that form are irrefutable. When River Wilde, lead singer of The Wilde Ones, comes back into Dahlia's life, the intensity that fires their relationship combined with underlying feelings that have never died lead her to believe she has met her soul mate.

    Katheryne says: "I Loved it!!!"
    "Ugh. Gag. Soooooo disappointed."
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    This book is so terrible. Maybe it's me, seeing the rest of these reviews, but I feel this one all around sucked. The narration made Dahlia sound so fake when she had dialogue with River, and I didn't feel that her character's thoughts and dialogue belonged to the same person. The plot made her fiancé seem douchy, despite all his redeeming qualities, which I felt cheapened the story. And if I hear the adjective "adorable" again... Well, let's just say Kim Karr should invest in a thesaurus. No masculine hero of a book should be called adorable all the time, or adorably hot, adorably funny, adorably gag me! Not worth the credit. Can't even finish it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • All He Ever Desired

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Shannon Stacey
    • Narrated By Lauren Fortgang
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (150)
    Performance
    (133)
    Story
    (131)

    After college, Ryan Kowalski decided to leave Whitford, Maine, rather than watch Lauren Carpenter marry another man. Now his siblings need his help to refurbish the family-owned Northern Star Lodge and he's forced to face the past sooner rather than later when he collars a vandal - and learns the boy is Lauren's son.... The last person Lauren needs back in her life is Ryan Kowalski. With a bitter ex-husband and a moody teenage son, she has enough man trouble already. But her son needs to learn a few lessons about right and wrong, even if Lauren has to escort him to Ryan's door every day to work off his crime.

    Kristin says: "Soooo cute!!!"
    "Hum drum... Predictable, and selfish heroine."
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    I was hoping to enjoy this book, but it just didn't suck me in. I know I should've started at the beginning of the series, but Shannon Stacey did an ok job filling in the gaps. The problem was the characters were not that enjoyable. Sure, the main guy is kind, compassionate, and hooks a girl, but the girl he hooks is pretty self centered, and by the time I got to the end of the book I was hoping she'd do something to redeem herself. Nope. Instead, she had to have everyone else convince her that the guy she claims to be in love with is good enough for her, and despite the "happily ever after" I don't see a realistic happy ending. A lot like real life, except a good guy like that would (hopefully) not settle for second rate conceit. BORING. And disappointing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Slow Heat in Heaven

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Sandra Brown
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (565)
    Performance
    (338)
    Story
    (342)

    The adopted daughter of the most powerful man in town, Schyler Crandall left Heaven, Louisiana, a brokenhearted girl. Now a crisis has brought her home to a family in conflict, a logging empire on the brink of disaster, and seething secrets that make Heaven hotter than hell.

    bluebelle says: "Spectacular, Kept me guessing the whole time!"
    "AMAZING narration, dark characters, dizzying plot"
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    I couldn't stop listening to this book. I suppose that makes it a good one, but I was frustrated, intrigued, and perplexed all at the same time, which got to be exhausting! The hero of the story is dark, dangerous, and hot... But I hated constantly questioning his motives and goodness. I also didn't realize when I purchased the book that it was published in 1991. Despite being dated, it was a good story, and Dick Hill is probably the best male voice actor I've heard yet! If you're looking for a nail biting, and at times erotic story, this could be the one!

    0 of 0 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
    (1466)
    Performance
    (1379)
    Story
    (1377)

    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!!!"
    "Real, raw, and sexy as hell"
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    This book is great. It's a romance, yes, but it is contemporary, and true to the hardships of life and the irrational coping mechanisms we humans sometimes use.
    Joss' journey into dealing with the loss of her family as a teen is triggered when she meets hot businessman Braden, who challenges her to remember, feel, and face reality. She's screwed up, but caring at heart, and the emotional roller coaster sucks you in from beginning to end. Paula Costello does a great job with the accents, and I couldn't stop listening! HIGHLY recommended!

    0 of 0 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
    (1497)
    Performance
    (1362)
    Story
    (1364)

    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."
    "Enjoyable book, though predictable..."
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    I enjoyed listening to this book. It wasn't one that had me so enthralled I couldn't stop listening, but you can't win them all...
    What I DIDN'T like about the book was the narrator. She did a good job with the accents and inflections of the characters, but when there wasn't dialogue it almost felt like her adrenaline was way up and I should expect imminent demise at every corner. It was hard to determine if someone was going to come up and snatch the heroine or if she was simply getting dressed!
    I'm not saying don't get it, but I am suggesting you get it while it's on sale.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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