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Jane

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  • God Save the Child: A Spenser Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Robert B. Parker
    • Narrated By Michael Prichard
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (114)
    Performance
    (77)
    Story
    (78)

    Appie Knoll is the kind of suburb where kids grow up right. But something is wrong. Fourteen-year-old Kevin Bartlett disappears. Everyone thinks he's run away -- until the comic strip ransom note arrives. It doesn't take Spenser long to get the picture -- an affluent family seething with rage, a desperate boy making strange friends...friends like Vic Harroway, body builder. Mr. Muscle is Spenser's only lead and he isn't talking...except with his fists

    bebe says: "Have listened to this twice"
    "Weak 3 stars. Just ok."
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    My mind wandered at times. Other books in the series are better.

    The plot was not well developed. I wanted a better understanding of the son’s motivations and why certain bad guys were working together. Someone is killed in the end. I wanted more details about that. And I was annoyed with the ending. It was incomplete.

    This is book 2 in the series. Here Spenser meets Susan Sullivan who is a high school guidance counselor. Susan continues as Spenser’s love interest in future books.

    The narrator Michael Prichard was very good.

    Genre: PI mystery

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  • The Tilted World: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Tom Franklin, Beth Ann Fennelly
    • Narrated By Brian D'Arcy James
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (64)
    Performance
    (61)
    Story
    (60)

    The year is 1927. As rains swell the Mississippi, the mighty river threatens to burst its banks and engulf everything in its path, including federal revenue agent Ted Ingersoll and his partner, Ham Johnson. Arriving in the tiny hamlet of Hobnob, Mississippi, to investigate the disappearance of two fellow agents who'd been on the trail of a local bootlegger, they are astonished to find a baby boy abandoned in the middle of a crime scene. Ingersoll, an orphan raised by nuns, is determined to find the infant a home, and his search leads him to Dixie Clay Holliver.

    Jen says: "Oh My Word, Oh My Word"
    "Good story. Engaging."
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    Interesting characters and conflicts. But too many flashbacks.

    FLASHBACKS:
    This could have been 4 or 5 stars, but the frequent use of flashbacks was annoying and kept making me angry. Who is telling authors to use flashbacks?????? It’s criminal. “Stein on Writing” is my authoritative source which says: “Flashbacks break the reading experience. They pull the reader out of the story to tell what happened earlier.”

    Here’s how the flashbacks went. When I say current day, I mean April 1927. We have current day, then flashback to Dixie when she was a teenager, then current day, then flashback to Ingersoll fighting in WWI, then current day, then Dixie when she learned to make whiskey, then current day, then Ingersoll when he was a little boy in the orphanage, then current day. This was happening through most of the book. It was unsettling and unpleasant. I might have given this 5 stars if I wasn’t annoyed so much. I can accept a couple of flashbacks, but this was littered with them.

    AS TO THE STORY:
    This is fiction, but when I first saw it I thought nonfiction – about a flood in 1927. The flood is fact, but it’s merely the setting. This is a good story about fictional characters in a fictional town. Subjects include government agents searching for bootleggers and finding an orphaned baby.

    I loved one idea. Ingersoll is not the best looking. He thinks that if he had met Dixie when she was 16, she would not have been attracted to him. Instead she was attracted to good-looking-smooth-talking Jessie, who turned out to be abusive and bad. So Ingersoll thinks Dixie had to go through the Jessie relationship before she could realize what was important and be able to fall in love with someone like Ingersoll. (Awwwwww....... my heart)

    AUDIOBOOK NARRATOR Brian D’Arcy James was very good. Kathleen on Goodreads said “Agent Ingersoll occasionally played the guitar and sang old folk songs. I wanted the narrator to sing those songs – just a few lines – but he didn’t.” I agree with Kathleen. I would have liked that. There were words written that could have been sung. The narrator spoke them.

    Narrative mode: 3rd person.
    Genre: historical fiction with romance.

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  • The Soldier's E-Mail Order Bride

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Cora Seton
    • Narrated By Emily Cauldwell
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    Staff Sergeant Austin Hall has a brilliant record in the Special Forces - except for one disastrous decision that cost his best friend's life. Now he's heading home to Chance Creek, Montana, where he'd like to spend the rest of his days in the obscurity of his family's ranch. Too bad Great Aunt Heloise won't hand the ranch over unless all four of the Hall brothers marry and one of them produces an heir within the year. Austin is too broken to marry for love, so he places an online ad for a fake wife. What could possibly go wrong?

    LINDA says: "Light fun romance"
    "The guilt part was too dragged out."
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    I was furious at Heather’s insensitivity/cruelty. But I enjoyed other parts.

    I enjoyed the relationship, the characters, how they met, and how they acted. But Austin’s guilt was too repetitive and dragged out. In Afghanistan he was unable to save a guy’s life and feels guilty. So he won’t let himself be happy with a wife, child or other good things in life. I was tired of reading about it.

    This is a fake marriage for a year. They agree there will be no sex. But within hours of meeting they have sex, and they continue to have sex. But each time they say “That was the last time. We can’t do that again.” But they keep doing it. It made me laugh.

    The prenup part was not logical. He asked her to sign a prenup, but she didn’t ask him to sign one. She had a lot more money than he did.

    This author is hitting the wrong buttons with me. In the first book (The Navy SEAL’s...”) my anger about Zeke’s debts overpowered the story. In this book I am angry about Heather having a baby and not telling the father for more than 12 years. It’s cruelty to the child and to the father. I don’t mind using Heather as a bad guy. What I mind is there was no emotional satisfaction on that issue. It was not resolved well.

    AUDIOBOOK NARRATOR Emily Cauldwell.
    She was good at general narration and for some women, but she’s bad with male voices. When she lowers her voice for men she loses the emotional element. Austin’s voice was low, rigid, un-sexy, and like a robot. There was no desire. She made Mason sound like a girl, due to his tones and emotions. The narrator should try for emotional interpretation instead of trying to raise, lower, or tighten her voice.

    Narrative mode: 3rd person.
    Genre: contemporary romance.

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  • The Navy SEAL's E-Mail Order Bride

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Cora Seton
    • Narrated By Cassandra Livingston
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    Mason Hall, Navy SEAL, knows all about difficult assignments, but his current mission is one for the record books. Not only must he find a wife - and get her pregnant - or forfeit the ranch his family has prized for generations, he must also convince his three brothers to marry, too - before the year is up. Who knew one city girl and three wayward brothers could put up such a fight?

    Marina says: "Cora Seton's Chance Creek series delivers again!"
    "4 stars for the romantic relationship."
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    1 star for something unfair and unjust. Anger overpowered my enjoyment.

    THE SETTING INFURIATED ME.
    My background is taxes and accounting which is probably why I had a huge problem. I’m sure others won’t be as bothered. I value authors trying new things and writing about new things. But this just hit the wrong button for me.

    1. Zeke owns a ranch. He’s a loser. He’s been stripping the ranch for money -- selling appliances, furniture and even the fencing. It’s a small town. So why do a dozen locals lend him money which they know he won’t repay? If they were helping a friend fine. But if they expected to be repaid by Zeke’s relatives, that is unjust and unfair. After Zeke died, the locals went to Mason the nephew to collect. I was so angry! How would you like it if someone came up to you and said your uncle owed me $2,000 and I expect you to pay it? And there is nothing in writing. They could be making this up. Mason barely had enough savings to stock the ranch with cattle and horses. But finding the ranch in disrepair was a huge financial set back. He just got out of the military. He wasn’t rich. And then to find he was expected to pay off Zeke’s personal debts on top of that? Plus, where’s the respect and honor for our military heroes? The locals were fools to loan money to Zeke. But if they’re going to go to someone, it should be Zeke’s son or the aunt, not Mason. Mason was being honorable and paid the debts. It made me sick to my stomach.

    2. The ranch should have been sold with proceeds used to pay Zeke’s debts, including probable estate taxes. Zeke had no will so it gets even murkier as to why the land would go to Heloise, and other tax issues. But I won’t go into that. I was willing to suspend disbelief about the tax things. The part about Zeke’s personal debts is my problem.

    In summary, I don’t mind Heloise requiring the nephews to get married, stock the ranch, and other things. I don’t mind the nephews finding the ranch stripped down requiring them to spend a lot of money to fix it. Those were ok plot devices. But I did not like paying Zeke’s debts. The plot did not need that. It’s already got the downer of financial burden.

    AS TO THE ROMANCE STORY:
    I enjoyed the way the couple met, how they got to know each other, their conversations, how they reacted to the ranch, the things they did, and how they fell in love. And I was delighted to find there was no big-misunderstanding-separation. How nice to skip that formulaic device.

    Because the author did the romance part well, I immediately bought the second book - thinking: at least the Zeke debt subject is done and I won’t have to read that again. But I had a different problem with the sequel “The Soldier’s E-Mail...” I felt there was too much repetition and dragging out about the hero’s guilt. I gave it 3 stars, but again I enjoyed the relationship part.

    AUDIOBOOK NARRATOR – Cassandra Livington.
    She sounded like she had a stuffy nose. Her voice was not as clear as other narrators. She used a southern accent for some of the women which I don’t think was accurate for Montana people. I didn’t mind it, but I kept wondering about it. Otherwise her narration was good.

    Narrative mode: 3rd person.
    Genre: contemporary romance.

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  • The Phantom Major

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Virginia Cowles
    • Narrated By Robert Whitfield
    Overall
    (161)
    Performance
    (61)
    Story
    (62)

    In the dark and uncertain days of 1941 and 1942, when Rommel's tanks were sweeping towards Suez, a handful of daring raiders were making history for the Allies. They operated deep behind the German lines, often driving hundreds of miles through the deserts of North Africa. They hid by day and struck by night, destroying aircraft, blowing up ammunition dumps, derailing trains, and killing many times their own number.

    Alec says: "Makes you feel like you're there"
    "4 ½ stars. Great subject,"
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    but the book could have used something more. I’d like a different author to do it.

    The greatest thing about this book is the character David Stirling and the unbelievable things he and his guys did. David conceived the idea of the SAS and got permission to train a group of men to go behind enemy lines, onto enemy property, and blow up planes, trucks, and supplies. This book is about the SAS in northern Africa in 1941-1942. I believe it was written from interviews and correspondence with SAS veterans. It is nonfiction enhanced with dialogue. Dialogue from recollections is fine with me. I would not want to read it encyclopedia style.

    I love these guys. I can’t believe the things they did. Their truth is stranger than fiction. They bluff, lie, and sometimes charge their way through German and Italian roadblocks. Many times they are shot at but they get away. David has unbelievable luck. He leads dangerous missions where others die and he gets shot at many times, but he never gets hit, and he survives all of it. Makes me wonder if part of it is making his own luck. Part of his success is that what he does is so outrageous and unexpected that enemy soldiers are not suspicious because they would never do it themselves. For example a group of SAS are lying on the ground behind bushes hiding. A German soldier sees them. One of the SAS makes a loud drunken snore. The German walks away doing nothing.

    The SAS are driving a truck full of explosives. The Germans are chasing them but they get away. Then one of the fuses ignites from going over a bump, so they jump out of the tuck. It explodes and they are stranded in the desert. And they laugh.

    The SAS remind me of fearless mischievous teenagers, seeking danger, excitement, adrenaline, and dares. David has just returned from one raid. He hears about a target and says to his men that sounds fun, who wants to go?

    MY SUGGESTIONS:
    I’d like to see a different author do this book. This was published in 1958. I would hope there is more material that could be researched and added. And maybe add more about David’s personality and character outside of the SAS. I know that he incurred large gambling debts later in life. That fits. He had to be a gambler to do the things he did. I believe he was a poor student in school. I wonder if he had something like ADD. I’d be happy with a longer book and to read more about some of the other characters.

    The audiobook needs a pdf file with pictures and maps. There are maps in the book but none for the audiobook. I think a glossary of some of the military terms would also be good (put in the pdf).

    AUDIOBOOK NARRATOR:
    This was narrated by Robert Whitfield aka Simon Vance in 2001. He did a good job, but at times he spoke a little too fast for me. I wonder if he was shortening the time for cd purposes.

    Narrative mode: 3rd person, plus readings from letters and journals.
    Genre: historical nonfiction, WWII.

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  • Her Favorite Rival

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Sarah Mayberry
    • Narrated By India Plum
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (10)

    Audrey Mathews has worked hard to get here. Now she's up for a promotion and nothing will stand in her way-including Zach Black. He's hot, smart and the competition. When they're assigned to the same project, she's shocked at how much she actually likes about him...and how much she misjudged him. Before long Audrey is seriously falling for Zach-and indulging in an affair that's against company policy. And the stakes rise when it's clear only one of them can get ahead. So where do they draw the line between competition and love?

    Jane says: "Dialogue and action are summarized"
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    instead of showing details.

    I’ve enjoyed other books by this author, but this was not good. It’s all internal pondering and telling - not showing. Examples: 1. She says “there had been rumors that...” We don’t hear the conversations of who said what in the rumors. 2. The author skipped a conversation and wrote “Jack said all the right things.” 3. The couple is together doing something or going somewhere, but instead of talking, Jack is thinking in his head thoughts like: He knew if this happened in the future, she would do this. If that happened she would do that.

    I was so bored. I read more than half and then did the last two chapters. The ending is happy for the couple. I didn’t care. I just wanted to be done.

    There might be sex in this book, but there was none in the parts I read. This is a Harlequin Super Romance book.

    AUDIOBOOK NARRATOR India Plum.
    I did not like the narrator. She read as if she were not interested in what she was reading, like she was bored, as if she never smiled. I did not like her interpretations making some lines bratty, abrupt, or dismissive. I would not have read them like that. She used different voices and emphasized different words, but the overall feel was monotone. She has a heavy Australian accent.

    OTHER BOOKS:
    I enjoyed the following books by this author: Hot Island Nights and The Other Side of Us.

    Narrative mode: 3rd person.
    Genre: contemporary romance.

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  • Grand Passion

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Jayne Ann Krentz
    • Narrated By Richard Ferrone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (68)
    Performance
    (62)
    Story
    (64)

    When the handsome, wealthy Max Fortune, art collector extraordinaire, inherits five paintings at the death of his long-time friend and benefactor, he expects to receive them. Instead, his benefactor leaves only a clue to their whereabouts in a cryptic note which reads, "The most precious things I leave you, you'll find at the Robbins' Nest Inn."

    Jane says: "Pleasant but predictable personal interaction."
    "Pleasant but predictable personal interaction."
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    I wanted more meat. Audiobook narrator made it worse.

    Cleo runs a small hotel/inn. Her parents were killed a few years ago. A small group of friends work at the Inn. They call themselves a “Family.” This book takes the prize for using the word “Family” more than any other book I’ve read. Max arrives. Because he was a friend of Cleo’s friend, she gives him a job at minimum wage doing maintenance. He also gets room and board. She tells him he is now part of the “Family.” He likes this because he was brought up in foster homes. In one part Max wasn’t able to do something and thinks he might leave, but Cleo says it’s ok if you don’t succeed when you are part of the “Family.” (By the way, Max is wealthy and recently worked as a corporate executive. But Cleo doesn’t know that.) When talking to a bad guy Cleo says “you’re a product of a dysfunctional family.”

    Someone is threatening Cleo. Max hires O’Reilly a PI to investigate. As soon as O’Reilly arrives, he and one of the women have an instant attraction. He is now also part of the “Family” and will walk a young woman down the aisle at her coming wedding. Max and Cleo had an instant attraction with a marriage proposal that was too soon for me. Their relationship needed more time. It felt thrown in.

    This was mostly people puttering around the Inn, interacting, and getting along with each other. That was pleasant and kept my interest. But I’m marking this down because the suspense parts of the book were weak. There are three mysteries/subplots: 1. Where are the paintings that are supposed to be in Cleo’s possession that she knows nothing about? 2. Who is threatening Cleo? 3. Max used to work for a large hotel chain. They want Max to come back to his old job. Things get resolved at the end but not in new or different ways. It’s like the author just ended things the way she always does.

    AUDIOBOOK NARRATOR Richard Ferrone:
    I did not like his emotional interpretations for both the hero and heroine - like he made someone sound whiny or like a little girl. He was not sexy doing Max. He overacted when doing the villain art dealer Spark. He had an awful voice for Sammy the little boy. At times I heard his breaths which were annoying.

    OTHER BOOKS:
    This author is hit and miss with me. I liked her following books. All Night Long, Trust Me, Running Hot, Deep Waters, Sizzle and Burn, Twist of Fate.

    Narrative mode: 3rd person.
    Genre: contemporary romance with some suspense.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • What the Bride Didn't Know

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Kelly Hunter
    • Narrated By India Plum
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (17)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (17)

    Special ops expert Trig Sinclair is a man's man, and that means he knows the cardinal rule of the bro code-no matter how dynamite Lena West is, as his best friend's younger sister, she's strictly off-limits! But when a secret mission to Istanbul sees Lena and Trig pretending to be married (and sharing a bed!), he finds himself in a whole new world of sweet torture.... But if Trig thinks playing the honor-bound hero is tough, it's got nothing on how Lena feels when she discovers what her "groom" is really hiding....

    Jane says: "This was not a good story for me."
    "This was not a good story for me."
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    I also had problems with the audiobook narrator.

    HERE’S THE SETUP:
    Lena is traveling with Trig. She is mugged. They take her wallet. She is unconscious. Trig tells the hospital that she is his wife so they will quickly treat her and talk to him about it. She is not his wife. They are friends.

    MOST OF THE STORY (with sort of Spoilers, but they are predictable due to the romance formula):
    Lena has selective amnesia and asks Trig all kinds of questions about their marriage and relationship. Trig tries to do the honorable thing and not have sex with her until she regains her memory. But Lena insists on kissing and seducing him. She also makes him buy wedding rings saying it will help her memory. She insists that he get down on his knees and give her the proposal speech again. She asks questions like: Do you love me? Did we often have fights? What was sex like for us? She talks about the kind of house they should buy and their future kids. Then there is the predictable-big-separation-conflict when she regains her memory. She is angry with Trig saying you lied to me, you let me make a fool of myself. So she leaves him. Then she grieves and misses him and is lonely.

    THERE IS NO PLOT OUTSIDE THE ABOVE:
    The book blurb mentioned special ops and a secret mission to Istanbul, so I thought romantic suspense. But it’s not. The plot was supposed to be about finding Lena’s missing brother Jared. There was no action or development of that. It was solved with phone calls.

    MY OPINION:
    Most of the book was during her amnesia. It was not interesting. The conflicts were predictable. You knew there would be conflict when her memory returned. You need to suspend disbelief because Trig should have told her they were not married early on, but he didn’t. She was not in a precarious medical situation. She could have handled the truth because she was so pushy with so many other things. No fragility there.

    AUDIOBOOK NARRATOR:
    I had two problems with India Plum. 1. She spoke in a bland-dull-flat-tone, like she was bored. 2. She has a heavy Australian accent. It’s interesting to hear, but I often found myself thinking about how she said things instead of what she said. The accent was hard for me, but it might be ok for others.

    Narrative mode: 3rd person.
    Genre: contemporary romance, amnesia.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Sleeping Night

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Barbara Samuel
    • Narrated By Natalie Gray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    An unforgettable romance in an unforgiving time. They'll need love and courage to see the dawn. He's a hometown native, returning from the war, determined to change the world he'd fought to protect. She's the girl who's been his secret friend since childhood, now a beautiful woman. Her war-time letters kept him alive. But he's black, and she's white.In 1946 in Gideon, Texas, their undeniable love might get them both killed.

    Regina says: "Sticking to what you believe"
    "Too depressing and sad for me."
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    Also I did not like the flashback method of writing.

    I don’t want to read books about sorrow and the ugliness of man – painful and heart-wrenching. That’s what this book is. But some readers are in the mood for that.

    Technically there is a happy ending, but it did not feel good enough. I would not call it romance. I’d call it a tragic love story with a brief happy ending. A black man and white woman grew up together as best friends. As adults they were in love. But this was the South in the 1940's and they would be killed if that was suspected. When they were teens, a gang of whites beat up Isaiah because Angel smiled at him. The book is about three things. The pain of staying away from each other, depressing events in the Jim Crow South, and horrors done by Nazis in Europe.

    WHAT DID I LIKE?
    The one part I liked was a ten minute description at the end. It was like a footnote to the story. See Spoiler.

    CAUTION SPOILER:
    The short ending said the couple survived and left Texas together. But there was no story showing them being together. I didn’t get to see them during the journey to a new place, or living and working in a new place, or creating and parenting children.
    END SPOILER.

    I DID NOT LIKE:

    1. Most of the time I was depressed. Pain to any white person who was friendly to blacks. The locals wanted Angel to get married and have a husband run her store. They said women should not have jobs when there were men who needed work. Because she did not want to marry the local bully, the townspeople hurt her and shunned her. Of course the whites killed blacks without justice. I was surprised that a lot of time was spent on the Nazi horrors in Europe: descriptions of dead bodies and concentration camp survivors. One part mentioned dead pets and zoo animals. There was a lot of talk about the morality and horrors of war.

    2. The book is full of flashbacks. Most of them are letters written during WWII. I was ok with flashbacks and back stories during the first part of the book. But I was annoyed with them during the last half. They were interruptions. I wanted to continue with the main story – Isaiah and Angel in 1946 and how they ended up as a couple. The flashbacks created cliffhangers. For example, Angel is walking home and hears drunk men breaking glass. Then the scene switches to prior years. Later we return to the breaking glass and learn the men are destroying her store while Angel watches and hides nearby.

    3. In the above scene, Angel was hiding in a tree house in the woods. The next morning she went to the sheriff to report the damage. He did nothing because he said he needed a witness before he could arrest the men. She did not tell him that she was a witness, because she did not want anyone to know her tree house existed. It was her secret hiding place. So the men were not charged and no one would be paying money to repair her store. That was stupid of her. She could have said she was hiding BEHIND a tree and saw them. She didn’t have to say which tree. The following phrases mentioned there were many trees nearby. “The thicket of cottonwoods and pines that hid the store...” “The flickering shadows of trees could have hidden a dozen men.” I was angry at the stupid reason for not telling the sheriff.

    AUDIOBOOK NARRATOR:
    Natalie Gray did an excellent job. I liked her pleasant generic accent instead of using a fake southern one.

    Narrative mode: 3rd person.
    Genre: tragic love story, racial historical fiction.

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  • Absolutely, Positively

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Jayne Ann Krentz
    • Narrated By Richard Ferrone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (80)
    Performance
    (71)
    Story
    (72)

    Unconventional Molly Abberwick, trustee of her late father's scientific foundation, is mad enough to fire her new consultant, Dr. Harry Trevelyan. A brilliant expert on new inventions, the handsome Harry irritates Molly to no end with his preposterous insistence that they have an affair - and that it could be planned, predicted, and run like a science project. But just when Molly is ready to let him have a piece of her mind - not her heart - she discovers that the eminent Dr. Trevelyan is not what he seems.

    CAROLYN says: "Absolutely, positively a good listen"
    "Story was ok but had some weak parts."
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    The audiobook narrator was awful.

    It’s been a while since I read a Krentz book, but this book reminded me that she frequently writes similar things. I’m not complaining, just noticing.

    1. The importance of family. And using family names as character descriptions, as if all family members have the same abilities. You hear a lot of he’s a Trevelyan, or The Trevelyans this, The Trevelyans that.

    2. Paranormal/psychic ability. Harry has this, but he refuses to admit it and tries not to use it. But that ability solves the mystery and saves the day.

    TWO LITTLE THINGS BUGGED ME:
    1. Heroine does not admit logical things. Someone leaves threats for Molly. Instead of being worried she says Oh I’m sure it’s just a prank from one of my sister’s friends. When her sister offers to ask her friend about it, Molly says Oh you don’t need to ask, lets just forget about it. A car tries to run her off the road. She says Oh it was probably a drunk driver, nothing directed at me. Several things happen like this, and Molly makes glib comments and does not believe she’s being threatened. It didn’t sit well with me. Is this stupidity? I’m not sure what it is. Instead of using the word “probably” I’d feel better if she used the word “possibly.”

    2. When Harry is meditating to get a psychic answer, Molly walks in and interrupts him, and then keeps talking. This happened twice. I was all set for a psychic answer, but it’s interrupted. I don’t mind delaying the mystery, but don’t do it with Molly being insensitive and interrupting. Just say the vision didn’t come or something.

    This is like many romantic suspense stories. Neat hero and heroine. They quickly fall for each other and that was fun to watch. A bad guy is after her which is the main mystery. Hero does some neat things to save the day.

    My favorite part was what Molly did to the two feuding families toward the end. That had me smiling.

    AUDIOBOOK NARRATOR - Richard Ferrone.
    All his female voices were awful. And sometimes his emotional interpretation of Molly sounded like a little girl instead of a smart successful business woman. But his male voices and general narration were good.

    Narrative mode: 3rd person.
    Genre: romantic suspense.

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  • Time off for Good Behavior

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Lani Diane Rich
    • Narrated By Hillary Hawkins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    For Wanda Lane, life has been one long string of screw-ups. Her abusive ex-husband keeps threatening to kill her, she just lost her crappy job, and a head injury (sustained while diving off the witness stand to attack an obnoxious attorney) has left her hearing phantom music no one else can hear. It isn't until she hits the rock bottom of her bottle of scotch that she begins to wonder if maybe - just maybe - the problem is her.

    Jane says: "If you are thinking about this book,"
    "If you are thinking about this book,"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I urge you to get the audiobook - not the physical book.

    I believe some of the 3 star reviews by others would have been higher if they listened to the audiobook instead of reading the paperback or ebook. The audiobook narrator Hillary Hawkins is a COMIC GENIUS!!!!! Hillary emphasized different words and interpreted things differently than I would. If I were reading the book I might say a line one way which would make the heroine unlikeable, but the narrator read it in a way that made me laugh.

    Bottom line: I laughed many times!!!!

    It also had one of my favorite tropes: Main character on a journey of changing herself.

    There is a lot of swearing. But it’s not like some books where a guy says the f-word in every other sentence as his regular way of talking. Wanda swears in response to things like when she is angry or insulting someone. I’m not a fan of swearing but I’m usually ok reading it. So, you need to be open to it.

    I kept thinking how did the author come up with this character? And then I kept thinking how does she come up with so many funny lines? (But remember, if I were reading the line it would not be as funny as Hillary reading it.)

    THE STORY
    is about a smart competent woman who made stupid choices, including marrying a loser abusive husband. (She had a reason and I could kind of buy it.) She is divorced, meets a great guy, but delays a relationship until she can get her life fixed. There is a nice romantic ending, but most of the story is about Wanda and various people in her life.

    Narrative mode: 1st person Wanda.
    Genre: humorous contemporary romance.

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