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I love all genres of books. However, when I listen to audio books as I clean, garden, drive they are better with a lot of heat!

Sutton, Australia | Member Since 2009

  • 477 reviews
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  • 155 purchased in 2014

  • The Fifth Witness

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Peter Giles
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    In tough times, crime is one of the few things that still pay, but if defence attorney Mickey Haller was expecting an uptick in business during the economic downturn, the reality is a different story. Even people needing legal representation to keep them out of jail have to make cut-backs, it seems.

    Lia says: "Good but not great"
    "Good but not great"

    I have listened to every Michael Connelly book and love the way he writes and choses excellent narrators. I enjoyed most of this book but it all got a bit predictable and I knew the ending well before the book finished. The narrator did an excellent job whcih really added to the book.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • On the Record: The Record, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By K. A. Linde
    • Narrated By Natalie Ross

    For political reporter Liz Dougherty, election day—a day of looking toward the future and saying goodbye to the past—seems like a fitting time to start a new relationship. But feelings for her former flame still linger…. The sexy second book in bestselling author K.A. Linde's Record series decides whether it’s better to pick up the pieces and move on…or to pick up right where you left off.

    Lia says: "Another Great Book in a fantastic series"
    "Another Great Book in a fantastic series"

    Completely on the record, this second book in this series BLEW. ME. AWAY! It was just so... so... everything. Now I'll admit, the first book, Off the Record, left me a little bit unsatisfied. I felt like it was missing something, I wasn't as emotionally invested in the story line initially as I wanted to be. Well, this book, On the Record, was a game changer.

    I really loved Brady Maxwell in the first book. He was, honestly, what kept me engaged in a book that otherwise left me disconnected. So color me surprised when this sequel, a story where Brady is virtually absent in much of it, completely consumed me from the very first page. I don't know what happened, I can't pinpoint what exactly changed, but this book was just glue. I could not pull myself away.

    I feel compelled to note that the writing of K.A. Linde grows with each book she publishes. This story, in my opinion, reflects her strongest writing yet. I'm not typically a fan of third person narrative. In fact, I avoid it at all costs usually. But this author does it right, does it in such a way that I don't notice or care that it's not written in first person. I never felt like I was left wanting for anything, I felt it all, heard it all, saw it all. I was completely in it. The writing felt really clean, perfectly polished. I savored ever single word.

    The pacing and the timing in this book was spot on. The development of the relationship between Liz and Hayden was exactly what I needed it to be to believe in it. And I did! I was scared. This relationship between the two built on such a foundation of goodness, of honesty, of everything that was right, precisely what Liz needed after her heartbreaking departure from Brady. So of course I was afraid of how my own attachment to Hayden would play out in the grand scheme of things. I could not have been more surprised by everything that unfolds in this relationship. I want to scream and laugh and cry over how perfectly imperfect the course of events unfolded... but I can't. Listen to it, so we can rant together!!!

    The reemergence of Brady... the perfectly angst-ridden scenes where the author thrusts Liz and Brady back into each other's lives, if only for a moment. I wanted to jump for joy and curl up in a ball and cry. Every word... every miniscule touch, ever heated glance... it. was. just. delicious. Deliciously hot, deliciously devastating... all the things K.A. Linde delivers, but in such a new, refreshing way. The things they say to each other... they say EVERYTHING I always hoped I'd hear, the good and the bad. I could just eat this book up.

    The plot turns in this book NEVER STOP. But the timing, it's all just so perfect. It's never drama for the sake of drama, angst for the sake of angst. It's all completely crucial to the story line, paced perfectly, never over the top, never too subtle. My use of "perfect" is redundant, but I don't care. Everything about this story, every single word is exactly where it should be to form this unforgettable, unputdownable, sexy, angsty romance.

    I felt everything I hoped I'd feel reading this book and so much more. The details and the nuances of this story... I could talk about it all for days. I probably will. But to avoid spoilers, I'm just going to say this... get on board and enjoy this ride. Don't wait for the next installment before you take the plunge. The queen of angst outdid herself with On the Record. I want to run around carrying her on my shoulders because she totally freaking nailed it!

    Natalie Ross is one of my favourite narrators and she was fantastic in the delivery of the story.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Tall, Dark & Lonely

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By R. L. Mathewson
    • Narrated By Stella Bloom
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    When the mother that abandoned them years ago suddenly shows up and moves them to New Hampshire, Madison has no choice but to go or lose her family. Shoving her dreams aside yet again, she tries to make a life for her siblings only to discover that nothing is going the way that it should. It's really cold. Her fifteen year old sister acts like a hooker in training. Men act funny around her. Her boss is a real jerk. She feels like an outsider.

    "3.5 Stars - Great Potential But!"

    The prologue and beginning of this story was enough that after sampling, I wanted more. This is from the author who brought us PLAYING FOR KEEPS which many will agree was straight up fun to read and put a smile on your face. TALL, DARK, and LONELY has that element of humour to it as well and this was so very fresh for me because it was that humour mixed with a paranormal read. I feel in love with the characters of Madison and Ephraim and wanted desperately to know where their story would go.

    Now, as my rating suggests, I had some issues with this book too. I loved the humour, I loved the characters but I felt like there were issues with the explanation of things or in most cases lack thereof. There were also points of continuity issues.

    The story is told from each characters point of view, but it switches from paragraph to paragraph. I had to re-listen many times trying to figure out who was being talked about. Jumping time then telling the story in past tense had me wanting to quit the book. Plot of the story switched many times also.

    Then there were just little things that left more questions and were not brought up in a way that made sense. The strength of his blood and how he can turn people for one. Then there were comments on whether he wanted something or not, when earlier he was described as not wanting it, then it became he did. No while yes, people are allowed to change their mind but this was not like that, it was brought about as if this was what he always felt.

    I know I am being a bit vague, because I still don't feel right spoiling the story. I didn't abandon this book, I listened to it completely because I still enjoyed the story line. I don't think I will continue on however, because I fear the same issue will arise in the next books in the series which is a shame. This book could have been utterly amazing with a bit more attention to detail.

    Great humour for a paranormal book and I did enjoy my time with it.

    Stella Bloom was good with the delivery of the story.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Omega Mine

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Aline Hunter
    • Narrated By Maxine Mitchell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Graced with the ability to shift into any form, Diskant Black is the absolute authority when it comes to New York shifters, and as the Omega of the city, his word is law. Protecting the shifter races is more than a job, it's a predisposition ingrained since birth - nothing is more important. Until a chance encounter with a tiny female sets fire to his blood, brings him to his knees and turns his world upside down. Ava Brisbane is more than he bargained for in a mate - beautiful, fragile...human.

    Candateshia Pafford says: "What an awesome shifter book!"
    "Good Sexy Start to The Series"

    Omega Mine is the first book in Aline Hunter's Alpha and Omega series and it delivers a punch.

    Diskant Black is a gifted shifter who can change into any animal he wants to. He is also an Omega which means his decisions are final and if you don't agree with them too bad. He meets Ava Brisbane and realizes she is his true mate and sets out to ensure she belongs only to him.

    There are numerous pack mates that develop the storyline and give us a sneak peek at future books and lots of action packed drama. There are wolf shifters, cat shifters as well as vampires and each has their own hierarchy within their groups. The guys are very hot and there are lots of intimate and steamy scenes between Diskant and Ava.

    A group called the "Shepherds" are the self-appointed saviors of the world and their plan is to hunt all shifters into extinction. Their single minded determination borders on obsession and I have the impression they are willing to win at all costs.

    The second book of the series is called "Enemy Mine" and I am looking forward to listening to it.
    Maxine Mitchell was great with the delivery of the story.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Romancing the Duke: Castles Ever After

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Tessa Dare
    • Narrated By Carmen Rose
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    As the daughter of a famed author, Isolde Ophelia Goodnight grew up on tales of brave knights and fair maidens. She never doubted romance would be in her future, too. The storybooks offered endless possibilities. And as she grew older, Izzy crossed them off. One by one by one....Now Izzy's given up yearning for romance. She'll settle for a roof over her head. What fairy tales are left over for an impoverished 26-year-old woman who's never even been kissed?

    Lia says: "Great New Dare Series"
    "Great New Dare Series"

    This hit so many notes for me, it was like someone took all the elements I liked and wrote a story incorporating all if it. Scared hero? Check. Witty, hilarious heroine? Check. Excellent dialogue? Steamy yet sweet love scenes? Double check. This story was a perfect balance of fun, sweet, steamy, and sincere. The romance between the two main characters was priceless and I love that the heroine was all about taking the initiative with the hero! Bonus points for assertive ladies! I loved how the hero worked through his physical limitations and the way in which the author handled his injury was both tasteful and honest. When he talked about how much he missed surprises, I'm pretty sure I cried. Yet the humor was so perfect in so many scenes, I know I laughed out loud in several places. The entourage of fans? I could have died every time they showed up. But what stood out to me most was the chemistry between the two characters. They wanted each other so much and they both deserved so much to be happy. All the different hardships they each endured only seemed to strengthen them both, making them the perfect counterpoint to one another. I can't wait for next installment of the Castle's Ever After! Eagerly anticipating more and will be sure to pick up the next book! Highly recommend!

    Carmen Rose is one of my favourite narrators and she did a wonderful job with the delivery of this story

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Crazy Good

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Rachel Robinson
    • Narrated By Marc Bachmann, Shirl Rae

    Navy SEAL Maverick Hart has everything. Women want him. Grown men idolize him. The job, the glory - it's all his. Not because it's handed to him but because he works hard for it. The second his sights lock on something, he owns it-or destroys it. Windsor Forbes only takes calculated risks in her profession and in her personal life. After being left at the altar by the only person she's ever loved, the very last thing she's looking for is a relationship - especially the insane brand an arrogant Navy SEAL is offering.

    "Navy Seal Meets CPA"

    Maverick is a Navy SEAL who loves a challenge. Tattooed, muscular, sexy as sin – women throw themselves at him and he’s used to getting what he wants. And what he wants is Windsor Forbes so that he can move on to the next one. However, she’s different – she doesn’t fall for his smooth lines and sexy smile. Which makes her much more than a notch on his bed post – she becomes someone he wants to figure out and get to know.

    Windsor is a no-nonsense CPA who analyzes risks and liabilities and makes informed, logical decisions. After being jilted by her fiancé after she found out about his cheating ass, she is lacking in her love life. When she meets Maverick all her internal alarms scream “STAY AWAY” but her body wants him. So after his clever persistence, she agrees to go out with him. Thus begins a sweet love story with freaking hot Navy SEAL sex scenes. Excuse me while I go fan myself.

    I liked these two. I enjoyed seeing their relationship grow from something physical to something so much more. It was like I got to experience them going through all their relationship milestones – first date, first kiss, first time getting some sexy time, first fight – to their life together as a couple. It was sweet and made me smile.

    What I liked most about this book was that it surprised me. From Chapter 1, I never knew what to expect and was continually left not knowing what the author was going to throw my way. I think this is what made me unable to put this book down until I saw how it ended.

    This story felt long – it is not some instant romance that takes place over a month or two. The entire storyline spans over a year (not counting the Epilogue). I did feel like the book was a bit too long though. Plot points and scenes were dragged out a bit and I felt like some scenes were fluff and unnecessary to forwarding the plot.

    I normally do not read books about men in the military. There really is no reason – for me it’s just that I don’t like reading about a fictionalized version about what our troops go through when they are deployed. However, I made an exception for this book. And as much as I enjoyed this book I did have a hard time reading some of the scenes where Maverick is in Afghanistan. They were sad and heart breaking and bit too much for me to read – but that is just my personal issue. The scenes were written very well and don’t let my personal feelings cloud yours.

    Now I need to talk about the last 30% of the book. I had a love-hate relationship with them. This is where all the angst was. My heart went back and forth like a ping pong ball between Maverick and Windsor. They were both completely right, yet both completely wrong. They both made stupid decisions, yet they both tried to redeem themselves. I was frustrated with them both, yet proud of them. All in all these two evened each other out and by the end I was perfectly content with how things ended up.
    The Narrators:
    I don't see the point in dual narrators unless the male and female narrators read the male and female parts of the story. Having said that Marc Bachmann , Shirl Rae did a good job with the delivery of the story.
    Worth a credit, yes! this was a good story with just a few issues.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Cuckoo's Calling: Cormoran Strike, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Robert Galbraith
    • Narrated By Robert Glenister

    When a troubled model falls to her death from a snow-covered Mayfair balcony, it is assumed that she has committed suicide. However, her brother has his doubts, and calls in private investigator Cormoran Strike to look into the case.Strike is a war veteran - wounded both physically and psychologically - and his life is in disarray. The case gives him a financial lifeline, but it comes at a personal cost: the more he delves into the young model's complex world, the darker things get - and the closer he gets to terrible danger...

    Jane says: "Hopefully this is the first of a series"
    "Very Good Book But A Bit Drawn Out."

    I must admit I bought this book when I learned that J.K. Rowlings wrote it. I wanted to see how she would write a mystery. I have to also admit that I have never listened any of her books and I was buying on her amazing reputation. With that said, I really liked the book, but did not love it.

    What I loved about it.
    * Fantastic job on character development (but would you think anything less?) I got to know and love Strike and Robin right from the beginning and warmed up to all the other cast very shortly.
    * The story was a good mystery.
    * I liked that the ending gave way to a sequel to this book as I am interested where Strike's business and personal life take him.
    * I loved Strike's crazy ex girlfriend and hope to see/hear more of her in future books as she was just briefly mentioned in the beginning and snippets throughout the book.

    What I didn't....
    *The book was OVERLY long. At almost 16 hours it dragged at times. She is an amazing descriptive writer but at times it just went on and on and I just wanted her to get on with it.
    * As in the above sentence, it took ages, sometimes chapters to wrap up a small part of the story line. Perhaps I like books that move faster.
    Having said that I still could not put the book down despite some frustrations.

    All in all a good solid listen and something you would expect from this caliber of writer. I looking forward to the next installment of the series.

    Robert Glenister was fantastic with the delivery of the story.
    Worth a credit, very much yes from me.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Meant for Me, Second Chances

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By L. P. Dover
    • Narrated By Jodie Bentley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    After a night of raw passion with the man Claire O'Briene had been secretly admiring for years, she thought their time together had come once and for all. Fate had finally brought them back to each other, but unfortunately nothing had changed. He was still the same man who ran away from relationships. Against his better judgment, Mason Bradley gave in to the temptation and allowed himself one night with the one woman he'd been too afraid to want - and too afraid to need.

    karen says: "Rocked My World = Totally Superliciousmo.. YUMMY"
    "A Little Dissapointed"

    After reading all the reviews, I couldn't wait to to listen to this book. The beginning started out amazing and then 1/4 of the way into it, fell flat. They got together too quickly and the rest was pretty much them having sex and trying to figure out who the killer was. It was too much of a "suspense" book for me than a romance. The story wasn't even suspenseful....they pretty much knew who it was from the beginning. The writing was done well and the story flowed properly. It just wasn't the story I was expecting.

    Jodie Bentley was OK with the delivery of the story.
    Worth a credit IMHO no, but on sale yes

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Edward Adrift

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Craig Lancaster
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    That’s the flummoxed state of Edward Stanton, a 42-year-old with Asperger’s syndrome. His job, his therapist, and his best friends are all gone. Even his nightly ritual of watching Dragnet reruns has short-circuited. But a call from his friend Donna in Idaho, telling him that her son Kyle is in trouble, launches Edward from his rigidly scheduled existence in Billings, Montana, to the open road. He and Kyle, a sweet little boy turned sullen adolescent, debate football, music, and bodily functions (“Why do you pee so much?” Kyle asks).

    Madora says: "At first I was flummoxed...."
    "Warmhearted and Hilarious"

    It was a little sad to finish the book, which I did just this minute, and I don't remember ever being so moved by any books as I have been with 600 Hours of Edward and Edward Adrift. I will miss Edward (but intend to listen to both books again) but knowing he is safe and sound and happy makes it easier. I was fully engaged with both books from beginning to end and being an avid fiction reader, that is saying a lot. Mr. Lancaster did an amazing job of creating this lovely character, one I will remember the rest of my days. I keep wondering why Edward is so endearing to me. I think having him narrate the book and showing us what makes him tick was fascinating. We all have our various ways of coping so I guess it was really intriguing to learn Edwards tricks which worked insofar as they distracted him at times from the real issues at hand, the ones he couldn't control. Even those, he acknowledged so he had good insight and communication skills and I love that he made a point of accuracy in all things. Good communication skills are always attractive to me.
    Observing the OCD and Asperger's personality in this book was also fascinating and it actually makes sense to me to have a few of these traits, daily routines, methods of doing things correctly and remembering lots of details (that might come in handy) only to the point where they do not interfere with relationships or getting things done. So, in this way, Edward was instructing or showing me how he ordered his world and I might try to develop more effective routines and processes in my own life after seeing his.
    For now, I will try to let Edward go but I am more likely to imagine him as a friend and teacher I will remember fondly for a long time.

    Luke Daniels was outstanding with the delivery of the story.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Captivated by You: Crossfire Series, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Sylvia Day
    • Narrated By Jill Redfield, Jeremy York
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Gideon calls me his angel, but he's the miracle in my life. My gorgeous, wounded warrior, so determined to slay my demons while refusing to face his own. The vows we'd exchanged should have bound us tighter than blood and flesh. Instead they opened old wounds, exposed pain and insecurities, and lured bitter enemies out of the shadows. I felt him slipping from my grasp, my greatest fears becoming my reality, my love tested in ways I wasn't sure I was strong enough to bear.

    Ex-Student says: "What... what?!?!?"
    "Rollercoaster Ride"

    I am unsure on how to rate this book. I really liked the book but I am emotionally drained from listening to it. I was so invested in the characters and the story line and the hits kept on coming. I am trying to be objective considering the fact that it is the 4th in a 5 book series so I knew there would be no satisfaction at the end.
    The books spans over a 3 week period in their relationship so it can't be resolved. If you understand the process of healing from sexual abuse you will get what she was getting at. She needed to develop that side of Gideon POV and that process is emotional and difficult to get through. Having said that, the Brett Kline thing was disappointing and I wish it would have been left out.
    If you are invested in this series , you will enjoy this book but please be prepared for the roller coaster ride and understand that is purely character development and no significant advances in the storyline.
    So in a direct appeal to Silvia Day. If you are at all reading your reviews. Thank you for showing the male perspective of a sexual abuse survivor and the consequences if you have not dealt with it. But please ........... for book # 5 let them both find their strength and claim their life. Finish their story line where it was worth for us to invest 3 years into this series. Skip the cookie cutter way out and span it over a few years not just weeks. If there ever was an extensive Happy Ending needed it would be in this series. Considering the time investment of the readers. I sincerely hope to see "One with you"published within a few months. Not years!!

    The dual narration by Jill Redfield , Jeremy York was good. But Jill Redfield was so good with the delivery of the series I felt the added narrator was unnecessary.

    45 of 50 people found this review helpful
  • Collide

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Gail McHugh
    • Narrated By Mary Kowal
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    On the heels of graduating college and trying to cope with her mother's death, Emily Cooper moves to New York City for a fresh start. While harboring secrets of his own, Dillon Parker takes care of Emily through her grief. Knowing he can't live without her by his side, he's sweet, thoughtful, and everything Emily has ever wanted in a man. Until she meets Gavin Blake....

    Jordy says: "Collide is an addictive love triangle!"
    "Angnst and Emotional"

    Never have I ever listened a book with more emotional angsty goodness than Collide. From the very beginning, I bought every single word Gail McHugh was selling and then some. And, you know what's weird? I'm usually not a fan of love triangles. Or cheating. Collide has the love triangle to beat all love triangles, as well as some cheating. And, I just could not get enough. So, bravo to Ms. McHugh for doing what few authors have been able to do.

    Emily moves to New York to be near her boyfriend Dillon and her BFF Olivia after her mother passes away in her home state of Colorado. After only a few days in the city, Emily meets Gavin completely by chance. And, it's sorta love at first sight. Except Emily's already in love with someone else. As time moves on and Dillon and Gavin both show their true colors, Emily has to decide what is more important - the past or the future.

    I'd heard nothing but amazing things about Collide from many other new adult fans. I bought the audio version from Audible and it sat there. For months. I'm not sure why. I just didn't get to it. Then, I started listening And, I was like, WHOA. I am such an idiot for not reading this sooner!

    Initially, I wasn't a big fan of Emily's. It was glaringly obvious who the right guy was, and yet she spent the entire span of the book denying it, even in the face of some pretty convincing evidence. This was one of those books for which a padded Kindle cover is a good thing - you know - for the times you want to throw it across the room because you're so damn frustrated. On one hand I wanted Emily to realize what was doing from the beginning. On the other hand, her self-denial made for some pretty amazing sexual tension between she and Gavin.

    OMG - it was beyond delicious. Gail McHugh knows how to write the heat. I'd classify Collide as a mature NA book. And the heated tension between Emily and Gavin is the best part of the book. It was palpable on every single page. It doesn't hurt that McHugh made Gavin this amazingly perfect specimen of a man. I think any encounter between him and a woman would overheat my senses. But with Emily - the woman he loves more than his next breath - swoon city, baby.

    Dillon is the biggest jerk EVER - I kept waiting for the moment when Emily realized what the reader had known for awhile. It was a very long wait. Gail McHugh was able to weave a powerful message into her epic love story - a message about finding your inner strength and beauty when someone all but rips it away from you. Other reviewers called it "stupidity" or Emily being a door mat. But, I get what Gail McHugh was trying to say. Sometimes, especially in the face of a tragedy when you're at your weakest, others are able to convince you that you need them and are not able to make it on your own. It sucks, but it happens all the time. This book was very real in that aspect. By the end of Collide, Emily has finally started reclaiming her voice and her life, and although you don't get to see Dillon's comeuppance, you know it's coming.

    Collide ends on one of those good kinds of cliffhangers. Most of the loose ends are tied up and the story comes to a close, but there's one big thing left undone that absolutely compels you to read the next book in the series. By the time the end rolled around, I was very glad that I had had the foresight to purchase the audio version of Pulse (Collide #2) and had it waiting for me. Because, although the ending was good, I was left wanting to know what came next.

    The banter between Emily and Gavin is many times lighthearted and sweet. Olivia's and Emily's restaurant is funny and real and amazing. Those moments were the lightest of the book. For the most part, Collide is angsty with a capital A. It's perfect for when you want one of those super emo romantic books. Just, trust me when I say, have Pulse ready to go before you finish. You'll thank me for that bit of advice.

    Mary Kowal was fanastic with the delivery of the story.

    2 of 6 people found this review helpful

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