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Lydia

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  • 13 reviews
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  • 62 purchased in 2014
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  • Natural Born Charmer

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Susan Elizabeth Phillips
    • Narrated By Anna Fields
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1525)
    Performance
    (688)
    Story
    (687)

    Dean Robillard is the Chicago Stars' hotshot quarterback. Not only does he have lightening reflexes on the field, he is also utterly gorgeous. First seen in the critically acclaimed Match Me If You Can, Dean is trying to recover (both mentally and physically) from a shoulder injury by taking a road trip. Along the way he meets Blue, a beautiful woman down on her luck, and as they spend more time together their attraction grows.

    MSEreads says: "Another CHARMER from SEP!"
    "Typical SEP"
    Overall

    Can't say I've ever read an SEP novel that I didn't like. I thought her last two works (Ain't She Sweet and Match Me if You Can) fell a little short of her earlier stories - but this one is standard fair that will leave you feeling upbeat, entertained and satisfied. A fun, quick listen/read.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Home for the Summer: Chesapeake Diaries, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Mariah Stewart
    • Narrated By Xe Sands
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (35)
    Performance
    (32)
    Story
    (32)

    Some of Lucy Sinclair's best days were those spent growing up in small town St. Dennis - working at the family inn and enjoying summers filled with swimming, sailing, tennis, and the company of Clay Madison, her best friend. But Lucy's darkest day, the one that shattered her innocence with violence and fear, also happened in St. Dennis. And the town she once loved became the place she gladly left behind-along with the terrible secret she's kept for 20 years

    Torlundy says: "A disappointment in a good series"
    "Good Series"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I found this installment to the Chesapeake Diaries Series sweet and entertaining. Not a lot of suspense - not a lot of depth, but even if it was predictable, the ending was satisfying and made me willing to revisit the series, the town and the characters. Xe Sands is an above average narrator - easy to listen to without unnecessary drama or inflection.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Far from Perfect: A Love from the Heartland Novel, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Barbara Longley
    • Narrated By Kate Rudd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (365)
    Performance
    (328)
    Story
    (326)

    For Ceejay Lovejoy, life in Perfect, Indiana, has been anything but. Abandoned by her parents and left pregnant by her boyfriend, Ceejay has had to fight every step of the way to carve out a future for herself and her daughter. She swears off men for good - until the day Noah Langford appears on her doorstep. Noah narrowly survived the roadside bombing in Iraq that cost him his leg, returning home to the news that his stepbrother, Matt, has died in a car accident. It is the final blow to Noah’s shattered soul - until he learns about the girlfriend and baby Matt abandoned.

    TexasKeyLady says: "An Excellent Story. Wonderful Characters."
    "Fun listen"
    Overall
    Performance
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    I enjoyed this book. While I agree with some of the flaws that other reviews have pointed out, I found the story sweet and entertaining. I liked the characters, although I agree that CJ's anger seemed a little unreasonable and over done. Also, it seemed like things happened too fast at times and too slow at others. Nevertheless I enjoyed the setting and the story and was caught up enough to want to read the second book in the series. Additionally, I think Kate Rudd is an excellent narrator and probably added significantly to the audio version of the book. It's not difficult to imagine that a poor narrator could have turned this audio into a totally different experience that was not nearly as positive.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • All You Need Is Love: Green Mountain, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Marie Force
    • Narrated By Kate Rudd
    Overall
    (187)
    Performance
    (168)
    Story
    (168)

    When Cameron Murphy heads to Vermont to build a website for a new client, she imagines a more relaxing trip than she gets. After wrecking her car by colliding with the town moose, she meets the most handsome hero she’s ever seen. Unfortunately, her savior, Will Abbott, is also the son of her client - and he wants nothing to do with the new website or the city girl creating it. For all Will cares, Cameron can march her fancy boots right out of town and out of his family’s business. But he can’t seem to get her out of his head.

    Lydia says: "Fun - Easy Listen"
    "Fun - Easy Listen"
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    This was a fun and easy listen. The story was delightful and I found I was charmed by the characters. I'm looking forward to the next in the series.

    I noticed some negative reviews on the narrator, but I've listened to a lot of books and found Kate Rudd to be one of the better narrators I've listened to. She reads a little fast, but she does a great job for both male and female and she puts personality into the characters without overdoing inflections.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Risky Shot: Bluegrass, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Kathleen Brooks
    • Narrated By Eric G. Dove
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (216)
    Performance
    (193)
    Story
    (192)

    In the second book of the Bluegrass Series, Danielle De Luca, an ex-beauty queen who is not at all what she seems, leaves the streets of New York after tracking the criminals out to destroy her. She travels to Keeneston, Kentucky to make her final stand by the side of her best friend, McKenna Mason. While in Keeneston, Danielle meets the quiet and mysterious horse farm owner Mohtadi Ali Rahman, a modern day Prince. Can Mo protect Dani from the group of powerful men in New York?

    Darlene says: "The Story Continues"
    "So Close!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This is not great writing - in fact, it's rather shallow and immature. Nevertheless, in spite of myself, I've somehow become involved with the series. The idea - the premise of the story is great - it's just that the plot and especially the relationships between the characters are not very well developed. Things happens very quickly with little or no explanation and I frequently have a "how did this happen?" reaction. The narrator seems to get good reviews, but I think he sounds somewhat forced and enforces the lack of depth. All of this being said - I have to admit to being entertained and I will probably listen to more of the series. Maybe a good female reader would help out a bit.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Going Once

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Sharon Sala
    • Narrated By Mary Kane
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (24)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (23)

    As raging floodwaters engulf her Louisiana hometown, Nola Landry is stranded on high ground, the unwitting witness to the brutal murder of three fellow survivors. Finally rescued in the aftermath of the storm, no one is willing to believe a story as horrific as hers - until three FBI agents arrive on the scene...one of whom Nola knows very well. Tate Benton has been tracking the so-called Stormchaser serial killer for months, never expecting the trail might lead him home, or to the woman he cannot forget.

    Lydia says: "Horrible Narration"
    "Horrible Narration"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I think the story might have been ok. Not up to Sharon Sala's usual standards - but acceptable. The narrator however was so bad that it was hard to tell. Doesn't anyone work with these readers - or check to see how they sound once they've recorded something? The inflections were terrible - the characters all sounded the same - old and scratchy and the flow of the narration was totaly off balance. If the next book in the series is read by the same narrator, I won't be trying to listen to it.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Oath of Office

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Michael Palmer
    • Narrated By Robert Petkoff
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (468)
    Performance
    (368)
    Story
    (367)

    From the New York Times best-selling author of A Heartbeat Away and The Last Surgeon comes a shocking new novel at the crossroads of politics and medicine. What if a well respected doctor inexplicably goes on a murderous rampage? When Dr. John Meacham goes on a shooting spree, his business partner, staff, and two patients are killed in the bloodbath. Then Meacham turns the gun on himself.

    Reader says: "Corny!!"
    "Beyond Fiction"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I like Michael Palmer and can usually handle "far out" scenarios in any sort of fiction. It is, after all, fiction, but this story made the protaganist seem down-right stupid. Seriously - he's almost murdered - but then goes back to the scene - not once - but twice - and somehow convinces himself that he shouldn't call authorities or any sort of back-up.

    Nevertheless I was entertained by the story and in spite of their lack of common sense - even liked the characters. The subject matter was intresting and it could have been a great book - but the events played out in a rush and unfortunately there was an unfinished feeling at the end. Almost felt like a set up for a sequel.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Help

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Kathryn Stockett
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia, Bahni Turpin, Octavia Spencer, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (27522)
    Performance
    (14123)
    Story
    (14173)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: The most celebrated performance in all of Audible’s history, The Help has nearly 2,000 5-star reviews from your fellow listeners. We hear the print book’s not bad, either. In pitch-perfect voices, Kathryn Stockett creates three extraordinary women whose determination to start a movement of their own forever changes a town, and the way women - mothers, daughters, caregivers, friends - view one another.

    Jan says: "What a great surprise!"
    "Excellent!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Great story - well written - fabulous narration. One of the surest indicators of a great novel is that you miss the characters when the book is finished. Kathryn Stockett created a compelling story and by the end of the book, if you didn't feel like you knew the characters already - you wished that you could! A wonderful book with a meaningful message!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Bridegroom: A Stone Creek Novel, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Linda Lael Miller
    • Narrated By Jack Garrett
    Overall
    (61)
    Performance
    (34)
    Story
    (32)

    New York Times best-selling author Linda Lael Miller whisks listeners away to 1910 Arizona for the fifth romance in her Stone Creek series. Determined to honor an old promise, an undercover investigator struggles to shield a childhood friend from danger while resisting the pristine allure of the woman she’s clearly become. But he may have underestimated the distraction of having such a fair maiden so near—and the tenacity of a ruthless villain.

    Judy says: "Just ok..."
    "Good story - Spoiled by Narration"
    Overall

    This is a typical Linda Lael Miller story - predictable, but fun and entertaining. A quick, enjoyable read. Unfortunately, the narrator spoiled it - he made all of the females sound like little old ladies or children. Garrett would be much better off just reading the book and forgetting the inflections. Unfortunately, he appears to be the narrator on all of Miller's most recent publications.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Texas Rain

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Jodi Thomas
    • Narrated By Linda Stephens
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (85)
    Performance
    (54)
    Story
    (55)

    Readers’ Choice Award winner Jodi Thomas pens a touching, passionate tale about never giving up on love. Texas Ranger Travis McMurray prefers chasing outlaws to being cooped up in domestic life. But all that changes when he meets Rainey, a stunning beauty who steals not only his heart—but his horse. On the run from an arranged marriage, Rainey wants to start a new life inthe West—but will Travis be able to track her down before she disappears for good?

    Rose says: "Rainey and her Paper Ranger"
    "Good Story - Bad Narration"
    Overall

    This was a good book - probably four stars. It was entertaining and well written but the narrator was awful. She made everyone sound like they were 80 years old and had a head cold. Actually ruined the story. From now on, I'll avoid listening to anything narrated by Linda Stephens.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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