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KEMPNER, TX, United States | Member Since 2008

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  • Fantasy Lover: A Dark-Hunter Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Sherrilyn Kenyon
    • Narrated By Carrington MacDuffie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (796)
    Performance
    (492)
    Story
    (493)

    "Being trapped in a bedroom with a woman is a grand thing. Being trapped in hundreds of bedrooms over two thousand years isn't. And being cursed into a book as a love-slave for eternity can ruin even a Spartan warrior's day. As a love-slave, I know everything about women. How to touch them, how to savor them, and most of all, how to pleasure them. But when I was summoned to fulfill Grace Alexander's sexual fantasies, I found the first woman in history who saw me as a man with a tormented past."

    Robbie says: "Awesome Story"
    "Good Book to read but not to listen to. :{"
    Overall

    My most humble apologies to Ms. Christine L. Marshall but she was not the appropriate narrator for this book! I am so disappointed because I loved loved loved the book; it made me laugh out loud and is just a thoroughly warm, fun and imaginative story. If I could separate ratings out for story and narration it would have been 5 stars for the story and >1 for Ms. Marshall's interpretation as she changed the whole feel of the story for me and it wasn't for the good. Spend your $$$ on the book or go to the library, don't buy the audio version.

    11 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Natural Law

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Joey W. Hill
    • Narrated By Maxine Mitchell
    Overall
    (243)
    Performance
    (227)
    Story
    (231)

    Mackenzie "Mac" Nighthorse is a highly respected homicide detective and a career cop. There isn't a dangerous situation that can back him down. However, the personal becomes uncomfortably entangled in the professional when he goes undercover in a high class BDSM club as a male submissive in order to find a Dominatrix who is winning the trust and then murdering her chosen partners. When his path crosses Violet Siemanski's, he realizes he's found a Mistress willing to be his ally in finding the murderess.

    NEW NAME says: "Download immediately!!!"
    "Uhmmm No Thanks & Just UGH"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What disappointed you about Natural Law?

    The fact that more than half the story is about BDSM how to's and why for's (and confusing humiliation with love IMHO) instead of the erotic suspense story I thought I was getting.


    What could Joey W. Hill have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Make it a really good romantic erotic murder suspense instead of a BDSM Manual.


    Which character – as performed by Maxine Mitchell – was your favorite?

    I liked the women's voices but no one in particular. Mac sounded more like a 19 yr old than a 40 something hardened Detective.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Sorry, no.


    Any additional comments?

    In all honesty I did learn some things. Granted some I'd rather not know but I did listen to the whole book in hopes there would be something to redeem it for me. Don't waste your time.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Shadowfever: Fever, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Karen Marie Moning
    • Narrated By Natalie Ross, Phil Gigante
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2196)
    Performance
    (1217)
    Story
    (1216)

    MacKayla Lane was just a child when she and her sister, Alina, were given up for adoption and banished from Ireland forever. Twenty years later, Alina is dead and Mac has returned to the country that expelled them to hunt her sister’s murderer. But after discovering that she descends from a bloodline both gifted and cursed, Mac is plunged into a secret history: an ancient conflict between humans and immortals who have lived concealed among us for thousands of years.

    Katheryne says: "I loved it, but its not for everyone"
    "What a Journey, thanks for the ride!"
    Overall

    Shadowfever (SF) was a very satisfying ending to a very dense richness of creativity that is the mind of Karen Marie Moning. The Fever series gives us a wonderful edge of your seat ride. It was definitely worth waiting the extra month for SF to be published. It has everything you could want, LIFE; living it, learning from it, surviving it. LOVE; well Love what do you say about love? It???s tough, it hurts, it manifests hope, it makes us deliriously happy and it takes a whopping measure of faith and vulnerability. FEAR; facing it, overcoming it, learning to deal and possibly riding it, e.g. "Hunters". Mystery, Fae & Faery, Humor, Death, Adventure, Sex and men to die for (between Ms. Moning's writing and Phil Gigante's voicing...sigh), Horror, Blood and oozing bits and many just plain weird characters. :) I loved it all. It was also great to see the Highlanders help wrap this up. Gotta love all that growling Druid testosterone. Sometimes I wanted to smack Mac as well as Barron???s for being so stubborn but truly it is just that I selfishly wanted to figure out what all the answers were right now and if they???d just have talked to each other I could have had my way but the story would never have been the same and it did create a nice heated tension between the two of them. Also, !SPOILER ALERT! I was sad to see V'lane disappear, I mean really, he was such a lovable nut! I give this series a big TEN! Definitely start with book one and stick with it all the way to the end...no peeking! OH and I simply cannot leave out Natalie Ross, she is Mac and her portrayal of Fiona, well, I get the shivers just thinking about it. Karen, Natalie and Phil, your talents are remarkable, thanks again for sharing.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Anyone But You

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Jennifer Crusie
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (426)
    Performance
    (165)
    Story
    (168)

    Ignoring her insistent best friend, some interfering do-gooders, and the ubiquitous dog Fred - not to mention her suddenly raging hormones - 40-year-old Nina thinks anyone but Alex would be a better bet for a relationship. But the more silver-haired stiffs she dates, the more she suspects it's the young dog-loving doctor she wants to sit and stay!

    Bonnie says: "Jennifer Crusie knows how to have fun"
    "Silly and Fun Read"
    Overall

    Jennifer Crusie has the quirkiest way of writing that is hard to draw a bead on but always likable. This was sweet, cute, silly and a lot of fun. My favorite book of hers thus far is Welcome to Temptation and where I like some of her stories more than others you can't go wrong with a Crusie book. If you just want some lovely entertainment this is the one for you!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • An Echo in the Bone: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (45 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6116)
    Performance
    (4258)
    Story
    (4267)

    Jamie Fraser knows from his time-traveling wife Claire that, no matter how unlikely it seems, America will win the Revolutionary War. But that truth offers little solace, since Jamie realizes he might find himself pointing a weapon directly at his own son - a young officer in the British army. And Jamie isn't the only one with a tormented soul - for Claire may know who wins the conflict, but she certainly doesn't know whether or not her beloved Jamie survives.

    Charles says: "Read all of Gabaldon's stuff before this one"
    "A superb read & best by far in the series."
    Overall

    Where I have always loved this series I believe this to be the best by far. I found it very intriguing, exciting and absolutely moving as well as teaching me more about the American Revolution. DG always leaves us hanging but this one more so than any other. I admittedly have never been over fond of Brianna nor Lord John Grey but both grew in my esteem even though I think Bri still needs a good smack and to be a bit more kind and loving to Roger. (Can we say obsessed fan?) I am still unsure as to how I feel about Lord Grey and Claire. On one hand he was very chivalrous to marry her even though it was more for Jaime than Claire and I can even see them turning to each other for comfort...the once...but no more; so as stated I still wrestle with how I feel about that situation. I think the only disappointment for me was for Young Ian and the fact that there is not more of Jaime but it won't stop me from re-reading the entire series AGAIN nor from waiting with much antsy anticipation for the next but hopefully not last in the series.
    As always Davina Porter did her usual excellent work, and thank goodness they have stayed with her as narrator and DG simply outdid herself. Thank you Diana and here's to America and her Freedoms!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Faking It

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Jennifer Crusie
    • Narrated By Aasne Vigesaa
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (677)
    Performance
    (373)
    Story
    (370)

    Reformed art forger Tilda Goodnight reluctantly joins forces with semi-reformed con man Davy Dempsey. They want to steal a dubious painting and several million embezzled dollars from a lethal widow named Clea, who has targeted a mild-mannered art collector as her next dearly departed. Complications include her sister, the female impersonator; his best friend, the reformed cat burglar; a recidivist embezzler named Rabbit; a hit man; some lousy sex; and a juke box.

    Julie says: "Sometimes Audioversions really stand out."
    "Sequel to Welcome To Temptation"
    Overall

    I LOVED Welcome To Temptation and have listened to it numerous times so had high hopes for Faking It but it disappointed me in that the narrator doesn't make any of the characters from WTT that appear in this book sound anything like they did originally so it was like they had never existed. I had very high expectations which is my own fault but it really made a big difference to me, otherwise it's JC's usual zany and kooky characters but I really wanted Davy to sound like the Davy I knew from WTT.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Dreamfever: Fever, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Karen Marie Moning
    • Narrated By Natalie Ross, Phil Gigante
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1688)
    Performance
    (930)
    Story
    (937)

    He has stolen her past, but MacKayla will never allow her sister's murderer to take her future. Yet even the uniquely gifted sidhe-seer is no match for the Lord Master, who has unleashed an insatiable sexual craving that consumes Mac's every thought - and thrusts her into the seductive realm of two very dangerous men, both of whom she desires but dares not trust.

    Karen says: "a little odd"
    "Great Ride KMM, Phil & Natalie!"
    Overall

    DreamFever is the best by far although all 4 are fantastic reads. I've already listened to it twice and have the book to read when I go places I have to wait around in. You really do need to read/listen the first 3 in order (DarkFever, BloodFever, FaeFever) or this won't make sense to you because there is so much wonder in the clues and detail.
    KMM knows how to keep you guessing and the angst her fans are going thru is high waiting on ShadowFever which will complete this particular series. You should join her Moning Maniacs at www.karenmariemoning.com where you can fuss and laugh and have fun speculating on whats what. (She originally won me over with her Highlander series.)
    Eargasmic Phil and Ms. Ross did a fantastic job and I thank KMM for listening to her fans and changing readers with NO disrespect meant AT ALL to Ms. Bean. Phil Gigantic was meant to voice ALL KMM's male characters. Sigh. He could read me the phone book and I would be pleased beyond all reason. Read ~ Listen ~ Enjoy!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Night Pleasures: A Dark-Hunter Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Sherrilyn Kenyon
    • Narrated By Carrington MacDuffie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1193)
    Performance
    (700)
    Story
    (703)

    In Night Pleasures, Kyrian of Thrace - an immortal who protects humans from vampires - wakes up one morning handcuffed to the one thing that can scare him: a conservative woman in a button-down shirt. But Amanda Devereaux turns out to be his perfect partner for hunting down a deadly foe, and for helping him to regain his soul and learn that love doesn't have to bite.

    Erich says: "REALLY!!??"
    "Absolutely a Pleasure!"
    Overall

    I read this book a couple years ago and really got into the characters, story and all the nuances of the hurts, pains, pleasure, passion and more. When I saw that Ms. Carrington MacDuffie was the narrator I knew I had to listen to it and I was well rewarded! I have recently discovered Ms. MacDuffie and find that she knows when something should be "dry", "whispered" or otherwise instead of just reading like an automaton therefore doing very well by the characters and their story; unlike some other narrations. I hope Ms. Kenyon is as pleased with her narration of Night Pleasures as I am. Ms. Kenyon has such savvy and wit in her writings and to have it live on in the narration is a true and simple pleasure to enjoy. I was so sorry to have it end. I only wish Ms. MacDuffie would have read Fantasy Lover also by Ms. Kenyon. That would have been a true treat with all its warmth and humor. I truly hope you find the enjoyment of this audible.com book as I have.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Night Secrets

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Cherry Adair
    • Narrated By Carrington MacDuffie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (55)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (21)

    Penning a profile of Rio's hottest star-studded plastic-surgery spa, writer Sydney McBride is going under the knife herself, all to revive a sagging career. But there's a bigger, more scintillating story afoot for the daring journalist. When Lucas, a mysterious and incredibly hot fugitive, seeks refuge in her bungalow, Sydney agrees to let him pose as her boyfriend in hopes of gaining his confidence.

    Ann says: "Another winner!"
    "Another winner!"
    Overall

    This is the 2nd in a trilogy by Cherry Adair. This is even better than Night Fall, #1 in the trilogy. Read by Ms. Carrington MacDuffie makes it very much worth the buy. I am now off to read #3 Night Shadow; hope it is as yummy! Audible, Please bring on more Cherry Adair.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Night Fall

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Cherry Adair
    • Narrated By Carrington MacDuffie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (94)
    Performance
    (40)
    Story
    (40)

    T-FLAC/psi operative Simon Blackthorne goes to Africa to continue the global war against paranormal terror, never expecting to clash swords with strong-willed Kess Goodall. Kess struggles in her own desperate battle to unravel a deadly secret that has killed millions in the tiny country of Mallaruza. But Simon proves to be the ultimate distraction: his very presence takes her body to the edge of a pleasure-filled abyss.

    Ann says: "Story & Narrator ~ A Perfect Duo!"
    "Story & Narrator ~ A Perfect Duo!"
    Overall

    I love Cherry Adair's books and Ms. Carrington MacDuffie hits it just right with inflection, mood, and accents. This is a good read as well as a terrific listen: a little magic, adventure, bio-warfare, alpha male, and romance all in one. I could use just a teeny bit less feisty female in some stories but somehow Ms. Adair always seems to hit the right mark. Try it you'll like it!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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