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Kate

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  • Be with Me

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Maya Banks
    • Narrated By Adam Paul
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (167)
    Performance
    (153)
    Story
    (154)

    Hutch, Cam, and Sawyer were juvenile delinquents when they formed a friendship with the wealthy but lonely Regina. She felt loved for the first time in her life by all three. Today she's a police officer and wary of resuming her relationship with the hot trio until an attempt is made on her life. When they jump in to protect her, an all-new bond is formed, one riskier than ever before because now a killer looms in the shadows.

    Karen says: "Another winner from Maya!"
    "Definitely Hot, but weak storyline"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Depending on what they are looking for - maybe. If you are looking for something hot, you won't be disappointed. However, if you are looking for some depth along with the story, you will be left wanting.


    What was most disappointing about Maya Banks’s story?

    The character development was too weak. I didn't feel like I was invested in the characters and or that I really knew them. I was never able to get a mental picture of the main characters in the story.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    yes.


    Do you think Be with Me needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    no. The story ended. I think any further storyline would feel forced.


    Any additional comments?

    I was not overly thrilled with the narrator. He wasn't bad, but I felt that some of the narration lacked depth and the two older female voices were somewhat painful to listen to.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Clockwork Angel: The Infernal Devices, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Cassandra Clare
    • Narrated By Jennifer Ehle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2384)
    Performance
    (1800)
    Story
    (1807)

    When 16-year-old Tessa Gray crosses the ocean to find her brother, her destination is England, the time is the reign of Queen Victoria, and something terrifying is waiting for her in London's Downworld, where vampires, warlocks and other supernatural folk stalk the gaslit streets. Only the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the world of demons, keep order amidst the chaos.

    Sam says: "Fantastic book!!"
    "A Gripping Tale"
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    I have never read this type of book before, but I decided to take leap and try it. Cassandra Clare creates an entire new world where Shadowhunters and Underworlders live. She is able to describe the setting vividly while keeping a breathless pace in the storyline. Other than the setting, the story is really about relationships: loyalty, love, and betrayal. What makes this a great book is the combination of suspense, supernatural, and a hint of romance. The three are woven together beautifully so that it never feels forced or an afterthought. The narration is also done well and is enjoyable. Overall, it is definitely worth a credit.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Highlander Most Wanted: Montgomerys and Armstrongs, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Maya Banks
    • Narrated By Kirsten Potter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (749)
    Performance
    (697)
    Story
    (696)

    Genevieve McInnis is locked behind the fortified walls of McHugh Keep, captive of a cruel laird who takes great pleasure in ruining her for any other man. Yet when Bowen Montgomery storms the gates on a mission of clan warfare, Genevieve finds that her spirit is bent but not broken. Still, her path toward freedom remains uncertain. Unable to bear the shame of returning to a family that believes her dead or to abandon others at the keep to an imposing new laird, Genevieve opts for the peaceful life of an abbess. But Bowen's rugged sensuality stirs something deep inside her that longs to be awakened by his patient, gentle caress - something warm, wicked, and tempting.

    Leesa says: "A strong, intelligent, courageous woman"
    "Touching story about courage and love"
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    Maya Banks hits another home run with Highlander Most Wanted, the sequel to Never Seduce a Scot. This story picks up seamlessly from book 1 when Bowen Montgomery and others come to the McHugh keep. The interaction between the characters is deep, giving you the feeling that you know these people. The story is about overcoming obstacles, the will to survive and love. I am surprised at how quickly I can get lost in these books and am dying of anticipation for book three.

    Kirsten Potter gives an emotional performance adding another dimension to the story. She does excellent with men and women's voices alike. She speeds up narration during the intense moments increasing the feeling of urgency. There is a great amount of feeling in her voice throughout the entire performance. The book is great on its own, but it becomes exceptional with Kirsten's narration.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Next Always: Inn BoonsBoro Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2224)
    Performance
    (1971)
    Story
    (1976)

    The historic hotel in Boonsboro has endured war and peace, the changing of hands, and even rumored hauntings. Now it’s getting a major face-lift from the Montgomery brothers and their eccentric mother. As the architect in the family, Beckett’s social life consists mostly of talking shop over pizza and beer. But there’s another project he’s got his eye on: the girl he’s been waiting to kiss since he was sixteen.

    krista says: "A cozy romance"
    "Slow story with terrible narration"
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    What did you like best about The Next Always? What did you like least?

    I liked elements of the storyline. It was a sweet love story. Parts of the book felt way too slow. I almost gave up on the book several times.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Someone else performing it. The narrator has terrible women and children's voices. The men are also difficult to distinguish between. The children were the worst and felt like fingernails on a chalkboard.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Delicious: Wicked Lovers, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Shayla Black
    • Narrated By Lexi Maynard
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (398)
    Performance
    (363)
    Story
    (366)

    Luc's entire future is planned out - but there is one very sexy obstacle in his path: Alyssa, a strip club owner with whom Luc recently shared one night of wild abandon. It left Luc terrified by his loss of self­-control - and Alyssa desperate for more. But Luc is not the only man desperate to have Alyssa.... And that's just one of her secrets - secrets as dark and mysterious and delicious as her fantasies.

    Leesa says: "Great Listen!!!!!!!!"
    "Definitely Hot, But..."
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    Delicious is another great book by Shayla Black. It is well written and very steamy, but I was beginning to tire of the guy and girl who love each other but won't admit it until there is mortal danger storyline. However, that being said, I did have a difficult time putting it down and allowing myself to sleep when appropriate. Also, I will still be continuing in the series. So, it is a conflicted feeling I review with. I still can not say enough good things about Lexi Maynard's narration of these stories. It is easy to keep track of who is talking and the voices are enjoyable. The book, although somewhat predictable was still very enjoyable and ultimately worth the credit.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Never Seduce a Scot: Montgomerys and Armstrongs, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Maya Banks
    • Narrated By Kirsten Potter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1719)
    Performance
    (1568)
    Story
    (1570)

    Eveline Armstrong is fiercely loved and protected by her powerful clan, but outsiders consider her "touched." Beautiful, fey, with a level, intent gaze, she doesn't speak. No one, not even her family, knows that she cannot hear. Content with her life of seclusion, Eveline has taught herself to read lips and allows the outside world to view her as daft. But when an arranged marriage into a rival clan makes Graeme Montgomery her husband, Eveline accepts her duty -unprepared for the delights to come.

    CAROLYN says: "OMG - NOW THAT'S WHAT I CALL A GREAT LISTEN"
    "Pleasantly Surprised"
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    I didn't really care for the first Maya Banks book I read, "Be With Me" (erotica), but I decided to take a risk after reading the reviews. I am so glad I did. This was a great love story and very touching. Eveline is an incredible woman with an incredible story. Graeme is an honorable man. The characters and story is well developed - it is easy to feel like you know all of the family members and can picture the countryside. Kirsten Potter adds another level to the story. She is a fantastic narrator. She does excellent with male voices and increases the speed of the story as the action increases. It makes you feel immersed in the story. Overall, an excellent book - well worth the credit.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Decadent: Wicked Lovers Series, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Shayla Black
    • Narrated By Lexi Maynard
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (580)
    Performance
    (525)
    Story
    (529)

    How can a virgin seeking happily ever after with a hot pop star who has a penchant for threesomes win her fantasy man? Kimber Edgington desperately needs a plan to convince Jesse McCall, who's been her friend and secret crush since they spent a summer together as teenagers, that they are meant for each other. But all the tabloid stories about his sexual escapades make her feel oh so inadequate.

    Sandra says: "To Menage or Not"
    "Another Great Shayla Black book"
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    The narrating is great. I really enjoyed the story. I liked Wicked Ties a little bit better, but this was still a hot story with great characters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Flowers for Algernon

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Daniel Keyes
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1162)
    Performance
    (929)
    Story
    (937)

    Charlie Gordon knows that he isn't very bright. At 32, he mops floors in a bakery and earns just enough to get by. Three evenings a week, he studies at a center for mentally challenged adults. But all of this is about to change for Charlie. As part of a daring experiment, doctors are going to perform surgery on Charlie's brain. They hope the operation and special medication will increase his intelligence, just as it has for the laboratory mouse, Algernon.

    FanB14 says: "Phenomenal Classic"
    "Great story and narration"
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    The reviews have already said it all. An incredible book with deep characters and fantastic narration. Make sure you are in the mood to listen to a sad story - as someone else mentioned, you will cry.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Wicked Ties: Wicked Lovers Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Shayla Black
    • Narrated By Lexi Maynard
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (825)
    Performance
    (747)
    Story
    (748)

    When a stalker ratchets up his attempts to get to her, cable sex-talk-show host Morgan O'Malley turns to Jack Cole - a self-proclaimed dominant - for help. Though Jack is a bodyguard, Morgan feels anything but safe in his presence. Because slowly and seductively, Jack is bringing her deepest fantasies to the surface. And when he bends her to his will, what's more shocking than her surrender is how much she enjoys it and how she starts to crave his masterful touch.

    laurie eller says: "worth the credit!"
    "Couldn't listen fast enough"
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    Wicked Ties was a great story that kept me involved in the characters. The writing is SO hot! I have read a few other books in this category, but this one was the hottest. Although I did enjoy the story and didn't find it too cheesy, there were a couple things that I found annoying, which is why the story only received 4 stars instead of 5. But, they were minor in the whole realm of things. If you want a steamy book that you can get lost in, you will not be disappointed.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Damaged

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By H. M. Ward
    • Narrated By Jessica Geffen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (248)
    Performance
    (231)
    Story
    (230)

    Life sucks. And, as soon as Sidney picks up the pieces something always knocks her back onto her butt. It's never pretty, but this time is different. This time pretty isn't even the right word. Peter is the personification of perfection. It's like he fell off his angel perch in purgatory, because let's face it - any guy that hot has got to be naughty. He was probably sent here to ruin her life.

    C. Dyess says: "Worst Narration of Any Book I Have Read"
    "Sweet & Sexy"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The storyline starts to feel a little cliché. The interesting characters draws you in, though, and has you rooting for them in spite of the cliché present.


    Was Damaged worth the listening time?

    Yes. I found myself wanting to find out what happened next to see how the problem would be resolved. It kept my interest and I really enjoyed the romance.


    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Edge of Never

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By J. A. Redmerski
    • Narrated By Lauren Fortgang
    Overall
    (485)
    Performance
    (443)
    Story
    (447)

    Twenty-year-old Camryn Bennett thought she knew exactly where her life was going. But after a wild night at the hottest club in downtown Raleigh, North Carolina, she shocks everyone - including herself - when she decides to leave the only life she's ever known and set out on her own. Grabbing her purse and her cell phone, Camryn boards a Greyhound bus ready to find herself. Instead, she finds Andrew Parrish.

    Lori says: "I couldn't finish it"
    "A Touching Love Story and Sweet Romance"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. I was pulled into the sweet love story of a young girl who is hurt and frustrated and found someone if she can bring herself to trust him.


    What does Lauren Fortgang bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Lauren brought the Camryn alive. I enjoyed the depth of her performance and how Camryn spoke with light in her voice or a chuckle that felt real and less like they were words written in a book.


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

    Yes - I am a sap at heart. Don't want to give a spoiler, but there is a stressful situation, and of course I teared up like a baby.


    Any additional comments?

    My only negative comment, and the only thing keeping the book from getting five stars is that part of the story felt like it resorted to the standard boy/girl flirt/mistrust cycle that is so common in romance novels. I was able to predict what was going to happen, but I still really enjoyed the story anyway.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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