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  • Catch of the Day

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Kristan Higgins
    • Narrated By Xe Sands
    Overall
    (298)
    Performance
    (271)
    Story
    (270)

    Maggie Beaumont's luck is about to change. Sure, she's known for her bad romantic choices-her former boyfriend broke up with her by bringing his new girlfriend home for a visit. And then there was the crush she had on a gorgeous young Irishman, who turned out to be Father Tim, the parish's new priest. But romantic salvation has arrived in the form of handsome, if surly, fisherman Malone. It turns out there's a heart of gold underneath his barnacle-clad exterior. Will this catch of the day turn into the dish of a lifetime?

    Kristin says: "Really great!!"
    "preferred to other titles by this author"
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    I have read 3-4 of this author's books and this was by far my favorite, but I actively disliked a couple of them (Blue Heron series is a stinker IMO). Having said that I liked it I still need to state that this book made me cry (and I don't normally cry over books in this genre). I liked the main characters, although the monosyllabic hero is a bit over the top with his ongoing belief that everything goes without saying. I would compare the trials and tribulations of the heroine to the jokes about bad country songs; the specifics of which I mention below.

    Specifics from the book, so **Spoiler alert**
    Her parents announce they're separated and contemplating divorce, after which her mom moves to another town
    Her dog dies
    Her twin (who can do no wrong in the mother's eyes) has a beautiful child and "ideal" husband and H is negatively compared to twin over and over
    Local friend is pregnant and initially H thinks her sort-of boyfriend (silent guy) is the father, but it turns out daddy-to-be is H's baby brother!
    She repeatedly goes on nightmarish first dates and non-dates due to no-shows that struck WAY too close to home for the relationship challenged, such as myself. The abysmal dates include a guy who has obscenely bad table manners and a grandfather
    The coup de grace of all the dating horrors: she tells numerous people in her small town that she met a great new Irish guy right before the new Irish priest gives his first sermon.

    ** end of spoiler details** narrator info below

    I was not familiar with Xe Sands and I thought she did a good job. I would be willing to listen to more books which she narrates.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Kidnapped Cowboy

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Lindsey Brookes
    • Narrated By Kaleo Griffith
    Overall
    (39)
    Performance
    (36)
    Story
    (36)

    After countless attempts to speak with the owner of the retreat for troubled teens she runs on the outskirts of Lone Tree, Montana, Caitlin Myers resorts to kidnapping Brandon ‘The Ogre of Lone Tree’ Barnes in a desperate attempt to change his mind about turning Stoney Brook into a vacation resort for the wealthy.

    K. April Holgate says: "Smexy Cowboy Romance"
    "content extremely flawed throughout book"
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    I have only been disappointed a few times when trying a new author, and this is at the top of my personal list. Why? Because I like a little fact with my fiction and the entire premise of the book is ridiculously flawed. Okay, deep breath, and I'll try to use less adjectives. There is not a place on earth where one credentialed adult and four college student employees are running a camp for "troubled kids" and have TWO DOZEN youths under their care.

    And then the guy with no experience or credentials puts himself into the situation and keeps grabbing kids by the ear and doing other (physically manhandling) things which would zoom him straight to lawsuit with any sane guardian I know.

    I'm sorry, but the entire story line is wrapped around this premise and it continues throughout the entire book, and there is just one situation after another that makes NO SENSE because it could never be happening. Dear author: set your book on another planet if you want to venture this far into fantasy!

    The narrator evidently has a fixation with the breathiness of Clint Eastwood's speech patterns and I just kept picturing this wrinkled, squinting old guy instead of a hot, young cowboy/rancher. Just ewww. And he gave the female voice the oddest sort of southern accent which is never commented on or explained. Other than disliking both voices, as far as I could tell he was read all the words.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Summer in Sonoma

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Robyn Carr
    • Narrated By Kate Turnbull
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (303)
    Performance
    (225)
    Story
    (231)

    A RITA Award winner, New York Times best-selling author Robyn Carr has garnered popular acclaim for her contemporary romances. Set in beautiful Northern California, A Summer in Sonoma follows the trials of four women who’ve been friends since seventh grade. As they teeter on the brink of 30, they learn that life can change in an instant—and having old friends to lean on may never be more important.

    susan says: "summer in sonoma"
    "This is a HUGE favorite stand-alone title"
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    I have read lots of Robyn Carr books, and if you are a fan you will love, love, love this book. It's a stand-alone title, so you don't need to know other books to enjoy this one, so it would be a great first, introductory book to Robyn Carr's style if you don't already know her work.

    It features four women who have been friends for a long time and are the same age, but they've reached that point in adulthood where each is dealing with different issues. Financial pressures, still being single, getting the 7 year itch in a marriage, etc.

    Anyone can find one or more characters in this book to relate to. I found each of the couples to be very interesting, and especially enjoyed the single pair who met right at the beginning of the book. I'm not going to get into spoiler territory, but I was glad that each of the story lines was resolved to some extent by the end of the book. There are certainly unanswered questions, but that's what life is all about.

    I read the book twice prior to purchasing this audio version and I do think that aided in my ability to follow the narration. There is not a significant amount of variation between character voices, which is occasionally confusing to the listener. She is adequate, but I was somewhat disappointed with the quality overall since I was already a big fan of the book.

    It's still a great listen. Enjoy!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Little Night Magic

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Lucy March
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1213)
    Performance
    (1114)
    Story
    (1104)

    Olivia Kiskey needs a change. She’s been working at the same Nodaway Falls, New York, waffle house since she was a teenager; not a lot of upward mobility there. She’s been in love with Tobias, the cook, for the last four years; he's never made a move. Intent on shaking things up, Olivia puts her house on the market, buys a one-way ticket to Europe, and announces her plans to her friends - but then she meets Davina Granville, a strange and mystical Southern woman....

    Elizabeth says: "Not quite Molly Harper, but not bad.."
    "makes you want more time with these characters"
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    I'm new to author Lucy March at the time of this review.

    This is a charming book about several friends, one of whom is ready to jet off to Europe, who share life's ups and downs in small-town America until the magic all starts and then things will never be the same again.

    Interesting plot and fabulous narration by Amanda Ronconi! I'll look forward to reading the second book and am currently hoping this author publishes more frequently in the future.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dead Until Dark: Sookie Stackhouse Southern Vampire Mystery #1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs)
    • By Charlaine Harris
    • Narrated By Johanna Parker
    Overall
    (7447)
    Performance
    (3981)
    Story
    (4015)

    Vampires have officially "come out of the coffin", and Miss Sookie can't wait for one to come her way.

    Pamela says: "That Vampire Said ...."
    "cute story, but lots of inconsistencies"
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    I'm new to reading Charlaine Harris in 2014 and I don't have HBO, so I've never heard of the associated TV show, but after reading the first three Sookie books I have to say they're cute and okay for a light read.

    Of course I understand that this is fiction. But I'm very analytical, and once an author chooses to establish "facts" for how the beings in her imaginary world exist and interact, I expect those facts to continue as time goes by or to have changes and exceptions be acknowledged. For now I'll be generous and assume there are times when she wants to make an exception, rather than she can't keep track of her own SVM world facts and is a sloppy author.

    So far, the first three books in this series each contain exceptions and/or errors in established SVM "facts" so I have to remind myself that they're just for fun and don't have to always make sense TO ME. But they are fun, and on sale they cost the price of a matinee movie, so I'll keep listening to see what happens next and continue to ignore the contradictions.

    The narrator is average and doesn't do much to differentiate voices compared to most of the narrators I have enjoyed from other books. She tries to do a little bit with accents, so the main character is almost always identifiable when she is speaking.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Drawn Together: Brown Family Series, # 5

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Lauren Dane
    • Narrated By Lucy Rivers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (79)
    Performance
    (74)
    Story
    (75)

    Tattoo artist Raven Smith is blunt and hard, broken and jaded, dark and beautiful. While she doesn't hide her painful past, she does keep a wall around her heart. She's free, sexually - but no one gets to the real Raven beneath the prickly exterior. With a voice like smoke, Jonah Warner is a smooth-talking, highly successful attorney, with a body that should never be hidden by a suit

    Jordy says: "4 Smokin' Hot Stars! Finally, Raven's Story!"
    "first Lauren Dane book and I'm hooked"
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    Jonah is the "I get you, flaws and all" guy that many of us would like to meet.

    Raven was fascinating, and I can tell by the other reviews that when I go back and read other Lauren Dane books I won't have the same early (somewhat negative) reaction to her since I'll already know her back story. Although, this tough girl persona is so common in real life that maybe I would have had an inkling. I often meet someone who, when given a second chance, makes me realize that there's an amazing person behind the cool, prickly facade.

    We all cope in the way that seems best at the time, and holding people at bay is a common way to avoid pain when we don't know who to trust. It's great to read about a group who can all trust one another; very nice created family when many of us can't turn to the one we were born with. Definitely makes me want to read more Lauren Dane!

    The narrator is a little too bland for my preference.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Haunted on Bourbon Street

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Deanna Chase
    • Narrated By Traci Odom
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (399)
    Performance
    (356)
    Story
    (356)

    When empath Jade Calhoun moves into an apartment above a strip bar on Bourbon Street, she expects life to get interesting. What she doesn't count on is making friends with an exotic dancer, attracting a powerful spirit, and developing feelings for Kane, her sexy landlord. Being an empath has never been easy on Jade's relationships. It's no wonder she keeps her gift a secret. But when the ghost moves from spooking Jade to terrorizing Pyper, the dancer, it's up to Jade to use her unique ability to save her.

    Angela says: "Decent listen, but not great"
    "Fun and interesting series by an author new to me"
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    This is book 1 of a series and it starts out the series fairly lighthearted, although of course there has to be a "villain" or there can't be heroes/heroines. The first story provides resolution to a problem and yet leaves you wanting to continue with more content about the characters (won't say more or there would be spoilers).

    I enjoyed all the main characters, and they were each interesting and unique enough that I could keep them separate in my head while I listened. If you've listened to a book with all "vanilla" characters you may know what I mean.

    The narrator is fine, although not so skilled that I will specifically seek out other material for which she is the narrator. Most of the characters have an identifiable voice that can be distinguished from the others, so I consider her competent and solidly in the middle of the skill range of various narrators to whom I have listened.

    I am listening to the second book now and enjoy this author; Deanna Chase's work was new to me with this book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Portrait in Death: In Death, book 16

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By J. D. Robb
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (231)
    Performance
    (211)
    Story
    (214)

    After a tip from a reporter, Eve Dallas finds the body of a young woman in a Delancey Street dumpster. Just hours before, the news station had mysteriously received a portfolio of professional portraits of the woman. The photos seemed to be nothing out of the ordinary for any pretty young woman starting a modeling career. Except that she wasn't a model. And that these photos were taken after she had been murdered. Now Dallas is on the trail of a killer who's a perfectionist and an artist. He carefully observes and records his victim's every move.

    Music Lover says: "Precious Peabody Perfection"
    "Precious Peabody Perfection"
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    I love the newly reissued books in this series! Our beloved Peabody speaks in her wonderful, distinctive voice and all the other characters (especially the NYPSD crew) go through the wringer solving this case. It was always one of my favorite books with regard to bringing forth background info on secondary characters and now it is simply perfect.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Getting Rid of Bradley

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Jennifer Crusie
    • Narrated By Elenna Stauffer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (440)
    Performance
    (188)
    Story
    (188)

    Lucy Savage is not having a good week. Her cheating husband, Bradley, lobbed the final insult when he stood her up in divorce court. A dye job gone wrong has left her hair green. And someone is trying to kill her. To top it off, sexy cop Zack Warren is certain that the very same man Lucy is trying to wash right out of her hair is the same Bradley he wants to arrest for embezzlement. When someone shoots at her and then her car blows up, Zack decides she needs 24-hour police protection.

    murboyd says: "give me a different voice!"
    "Other stories by this author are better"
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    This book is fine, but when I was taking walks and listening on my phone I could get distracted by something I saw and my attention would wander. Not typical for me to have to back up so often because a book isn't keeping my attention focused... It's a cute enough story, but isn't quite as good as most by Jennifer Crusie. If you purchase this book, and it's your first Jennifer Crusie, please give her another chance.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sex, Murder, and a Double Latte

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Kyra Davis
    • Narrated By Gabra Zackman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1654)
    Performance
    (791)
    Story
    (812)

    Thriller scribe Sophie Katz is as hard-boiled as a woman who drinks Grande Caramel Brownie Frappuccionos can be. So Sophie knows it's not paranoia, or post-divorce, living-alone-again jitters, when she becomes convinced that a crazed reader is sneaking into her apartment to reenact scenes from her books. The police, however, can't tell a good plot from an unmarked grave.

    Sandi J Wilson says: "FABULOUS FIND"
    "I laughed out loud"
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    This is a very funny story, and I love the sassy heroine. The supporting characters are fun, the ending surprised me, and I couldn't "put it down" as we say with a print book. This is my first Kyra Davis book (that I can recall) and it won't be my last!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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