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SassiKassi

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  • To Die For

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Linda Howard
    • Narrated By Franette Liebow
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (167)
    Performance
    (100)
    Story
    (101)

    Blair Mallory lives the good life. She's pretty, confident, and the owner of a thriving upscale fitness center. But in the shadow of success, a troubled member of the club develops a strange fixation on her, imitating her style and dress. Matters take a darker turn when the look-alike is shot dead - and Blair witnesses the horror.

    SassiKassi says: "Story is great. Narrator, not so much"
    "Story is great. Narrator, not so much"
    Overall

    Not your typical Linda Howard heroine. I usually hate high maintainence cheerleaders, but I actually liked Blair. She was funny, fun and smart.
    The narrator started off sounding like she was at least 70. Sounded just like my grandmother's neighbor. An old Okie woman with 12 strands of hair, missing front teeth, wearing a floral housedress everyday, support shoes and her stockings rolled down around her ankles in a donut shape. Not exactly the character you want to picture when you're reading about a beautiful, blond cheerleader. As the story progressed, the narrator's voice lost the quality of my g'ma's neighbor and I was more able to picture what Blair should look like. But in the second part of the book, that sound came back to the narrator's voice and here I was seeing Blair as a 70 yr old again. Yikes. Despite that, I still enjoyed the story and laughed much. Hope you try it for yourself.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Holding Out for a Hero: Books 1, 2, and 3

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Shelli Stevens
    • Narrated By Nina Carlisle
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    Sheriff Tyson Wyatt is positive the sexy new girl in town is hiding something. While he uncovers her secrets, he plans to uncover some other things too. Like how she feels under the covers. Eleanor is hiding out in Wyattville to avoid testifying against her drug-dealing ex-boyfriend. Soon she realizes that Tyson might be as dangerous to her heart as her ex is to her life.

    SassiKassi says: "Poorest narration and production ever"
    "Poorest narration and production ever"
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    Although the stories were ok for a formulaic romance, the narration was atrocious. The narrator read with almost a monotone and minimal inflection that made the sex scenes especially sound totally boring.
    There were also places in the production of the audio where total sentences were repeated, as if the reader had lost her place and restarted. If I were the company that had produced this junk, I'd be totally embarrassed. Don't they listen before offering something for sale?
    I don't have the kindle books and won't be buying them, but I think the stories may be slightly better if you read them yourself and skip the audio version.
    What a total waste of a credit.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Special Delivery

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Elaine Raco Chase
    • Narrated By Destiny Landon, Lee James
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (71)
    Performance
    (69)
    Story
    (67)

    When Roxanne Murdoch took the place of an absent employee to deliver a belly-gram, she never expected to spend New Years Eve locked in a bank with the vice president shed been sent to surprise. Yet here she was, a respectable businesswoman, dressed like a harem girl, barricaded against a howling blizzard with handsome Bram Tyler. Soon hed cracked her icy facade and melted her reserve. But what would happen at blizzards end when passion faced reality?

    Jeannie says: "Loved It!!! Loved It!!! Loved It!!!!"
    "How did this story get any raving reviews?"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I guess when I purchased this story, I must have only read a couple of great reviews and missed the bad ones. This story was in the erotica section. It was not erotic at all. I don't think even better narrators could have made this story into 4 or 5 stars.


    What was most disappointing about Elaine Raco Chase’s story?

    Mostly the narrators, but the story itself just wasn't all that interesting.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Destiny Landon and Lee James ’s performances?

    No. And please don't have Lee James ever narrate another romance. He was so inappropriate it's not even funny.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Extreme disappointment.


    Any additional comments?

    Lee James sounds like he's in his 80's and was supposed to be a man in his 30's. He was a really, really bad choice for this type of book.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Tart: Delicious, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Lauren Dane
    • Narrated By Anadelle Waters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (56)
    Performance
    (55)
    Story
    (55)

    Juliet Lamprey is having the time of her life running her successful bakery, Tart, when Gideon Carter comes back into her life. Returning home to help his grandfather run the family on the farm, Gideon is back for good. When they meet again, the spark between them is immediate, and it isn't long before the former childhood friends play catch up in bed.That's not good news for local lawyer Cal Whaley. Though the sexually open but strictly monogamous Cal has loved Jules for a long time, he's hardly ever taken it further than friendship.

    SassiKassi says: "Disappointing narrator"
    "Disappointing narrator"
    Overall
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    Would you try another book from Lauren Dane and/or Anadelle Waters?

    I have other Lauren Dane books on my Kindle. If Anadelle Waters is the narrator, I'll give the book a pass. I enjoy Lauren Dane. Anadelle Waters does ok with voices and narrating regular life, but she is totally passionless when it comes to the sexual parts. And in a book in the erotica section, that just doesn't cut it.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Seeing how the characters learned to communicate better with each other as their relationship deepened.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    She was so passionless during the sex scenes that I quit listening to the book after only a couple of sex scenes and finished it on my kindle.


    Do you think Tart needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    I think since there are other books in the Brown family line and in the Delicious line we'll see the characters again. It will be nice to see how their relationship develops.


    Any additional comments?

    Please don't let Annadelle Waters narrate any other erotica!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Run the Risk

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Lori Foster
    • Narrated By Jim Frangione
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (264)
    Performance
    (235)
    Story
    (236)

    When Detective Logan Riske goes undercover to find Pepper Yates, a potential link to his best friend's unsolved murder, he vows to gain her cooperation by any means necessary. But the elusive beauty is more suspicious - and in far more danger - than he expected. And the last thing Logan needs is to start caring for her.... Pepper has spent the past five years dodging the corrupt club owner who will stop at nothing to keep her silenced. She can trust no one, not even the handsome new "construction worker" who's moved in next door.

    CAROLYN says: "Bk1 of L.F. new series delivers a first class plot"
    "Worth a listen"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I might, if I knew they were into light, fluffy, romantic suspense.


    What other book might you compare Run the Risk to and why?

    It compares favorably to her other light romantic suspense books and possibly to some of the Jayne Ann Krentz books. I can't really pick a specific title.


    What aspect of Jim Frangione’s performance would you have changed?

    There wasn't a huge difference in the various mens and womens voices, other than knowing one was a woman and one was a man, but he did well enough that he didn't detract from the book in my opinion.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Not really.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • In Too Deep

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Portia Da Costa
    • Narrated By Imogen Church
    Overall
    (86)
    Performance
    (79)
    Story
    (79)

    I just want a taste of you. Or a touch. My fantasies about you plague my every waking hour. My only comfort is imagining that similar fantasies might obsess you too. When young librarian Gwendolynne Price starts finding increasingly erotic love notes to her in the suggestion box at work, she finds them both shocking and liberating. But who is her mystery admirer and how long will he be content to just admire her from afar...?

    Kimberly says: "Naughty & Wonderful"
    "Oh, so yummy!"
    Overall
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    If you could sum up In Too Deep in three words, what would they be?

    Enthralling, Titillating and Hot!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Nemesis. He made me yearn to be Gwendolyn!


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I can't pick one. There were way too many. But I did like the scene where Gwendolyn secretly watched the Professor masturbate.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, and I did!


    Any additional comments?

    I think the narrator did a very good job. I will listen to this one over and over!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Fault in Our Stars

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By John Green
    • Narrated By Kate Rudd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5691)
    Performance
    (5194)
    Story
    (5227)

    Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten. Insightful, bold, irreverent, and raw, The Fault in Our Stars is award-winning-author John Green’s most ambitious and heartbreaking work yet, brilliantly exploring the funny, thrilling, and tragic business of being alive and in love.

    RaisinNut says: "A story about LIFE, not death..."
    "So glad I didn't listen in front of others."
    Overall
    Performance
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    Would you listen to The Fault in Our Stars again? Why?

    Oh yes. It was a very good story. Very outside the kind of books I usually buy, but very good anyway.


    What other book might you compare The Fault in Our Stars to and why?

    None I've read. This isn't my usual reading style.


    Have you listened to any of Kate Rudd’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    She doesn't ring a bell in my mind. I might have and just forgot.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Witness

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6667)
    Performance
    (5793)
    Story
    (5770)

    Daughter of a cold, controlling mother and an anonymous donor, studious, obedient Elizabeth finally let loose one night, drinking too much at a nightclub and allowing a strange man’s seductive Russian accent to lure her to a house on Lake Shore Drive. The events that followed changed her life forever. Twelve years later, the woman now known as Abigail Lowery lives alone on the outskirts of a small town in the Ozarks. A freelance programmer, she works at home designing sophisticated security systems.

    Nicole says: "A great book"
    "I will read this one again!"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Witness the most enjoyable?

    The story itself.


    What other book might you compare The Witness to and why?

    Maybe Shades of Twilight, by Linda Howard. Both books have a heroine who has been through a traumatic past incident and both emerged as strong and capable women.


    What about Julia Whelan’s performance did you like?

    She did the different voices well and never sounded like she was just reading.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    She kept me guessing all the way to the end. I hate to figure out the bad guy half way through the book and this one I hadn't.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Witch's Daughter

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Paula Brackston
    • Narrated By Marisa Calin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (141)
    Performance
    (132)
    Story
    (130)

    In the spring of 1628, the Witchfinder of Wessex finds himself a true Witch. As Bess Hawksmith watches her mother swing from the Hanging Tree she knows that only one man can save her from the same fate at the hands of the panicked mob: the Warlock Gideon Masters, and his Book of Shadows. Secluded at his cottage in the woods, Gideon instructs Bess in the Craft, awakening formidable powers she didn’t know she had and making her immortal. She couldn't have foreseen that even now, centuries later, he would be hunting her across time, determined to claim payment for saving her life.

    Paisley says: "Lots of potential..."
    "Fun and fascinating reading."
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    Story
    What made the experience of listening to The Witch's Daughter the most enjoyable?

    I loved the relationship between Elizabeth and Teagan and the jumps back in time and back to the present were done very well.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Witch's Daughter?

    Towards the end. How Elizabeth took care of Gideon.


    Which character – as performed by Marisa Calin – was your favorite?

    Elizabeth, in all of her incarnations.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I can't remember the name of the doctor she studied under, but his demise made me rather sad.


    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Watch Me Die

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Erica Spindler
    • Narrated By Christina Delaine
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (48)
    Performance
    (40)
    Story
    (40)

    Before Hurricane Katrina struck New Orleans, stained-glass restoration artist Mira Gallier had it all: a thriving business doing work she loved and an idyllic marriage to the perfect man. But the devastating storm stole her beloved husband – his body swept away by floodwaters, never to be found.Now, after years of pain and turmoil, it looks as if Mira is finally on the verge of peace and emotional stability.

    A User says: "GREAT BOOK!!!!"
    "Good suspense"
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    Performance
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    Where does Watch Me Die rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I really enjoyed it. I don't know if it ranks up there with the books I'll listen to over and over, but it is definitely worth a credit.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Mira, I guess. The other characters weren't fleshed out enough to love them.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Nope.


    Any additional comments?

    I might have been able to give it 5 stars, but I'd guessed the bad guy before the end of the book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Gone Girl: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Gillian Flynn
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan, Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13826)
    Performance
    (12201)
    Story
    (12229)

    It is Nick and Amy Dunne's fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick's clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn't doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media - as well as Amy's fiercely doting parents - the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he's definitely bitter - but is he really a killer?

    Teddy says: "Demented, twisted, sick and I loved it!"
    "Quite disappointed"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from Gillian Flynn and/or Julia Whelan and Kirby Heyborne ?

    I think Gillian Flynn did a fine job, so yes, I'd listen to her again. I wasn't impressed enough with the story, or the way it was written, to rush out and get anything by the authors again. I won't rule it out either, if the book sounds interesting enough.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    I'm not sure as I'm not a writer. I wasn't thrilled with the technique of telling the story in different parts and I certainly didn't like the way the book ended. I hate cheaters and cheating, but I also hate seeing a certified whacko end up alive and well at the end of the book. Was it written that way so they could write a sequel? It really doesn't matter. I wouldn't be interested in following up the story.


    Which character – as performed by Julia Whelan and Kirby Heyborne – was your favorite?

    I didn't have one. I pretty much disliked everyone.


    Could you see Gone Girl being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Apparently, I'm in a minority in disliking this book as it's already being made into a movie.


    Any additional comments?

    Generally, I love mysteries. This one just didn't appeal to me. It was too long and drawn out and didn't have a single character I could actually like. I did manage to make it all the way through. Mainly because I wanted to see if the ending would redeem the rest of the book. Not so much.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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